How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

Many people enjoy having ceramic tile floors in their kitchen because they are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, accidents do occasionally happen, and if you, for example, were to drop a cast-iron pot on the ground, you might find yourself having to replace a broken tile or a chipped tile. Never fear—this is a job most homeowners are able to handle, even if they don’t have a great deal of experience with do-it-yourself jobs. Here are the steps you’ll need to take: Remove the grout. Make sure you’re wearing safety goggles so you don’t get any flying dust or ceramic chips in your eye, and then pull out the grout from around the tile using a scoring tool tipped with carbide. You should apply just enough pressure to remove the grout without potentially damaging neighboring tiles. Loosen the tile. Put some painter’s tape around the edges of the surrounding Continue reading

Gas vs. Electric Ranges: The Pros and Cons of Each

Gas vs. Electric Ranges: The Pros and Cons of Each

Here are some of the pros and cons of gas and electric ranges. Decide for yourself which fits you the best! Electric Ranges: PROS Electric ranges can be much less expensive to purchase and install than gas ranges. Generally, all you need to do is plug them into the wall and you’re ready to go! The burners and surfaces tend to be easier to clean, especially glass-top ranges, which are also more stable for pots and to use as storage space when the range is off. Modern electric ranges turn on instantly as soon as you twist the knob. There tend to be more functions with electric ranges, and better heat distribution when baking. Plus, the dry heat is optimal for roasting conditions. Electric Ranges: CONS Electric ranges cool down much slower than gas ranges after the burner is turned off or down. If the power goes out in your Continue reading

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

While cabinets, appliances and utensils are certainly the most important aspects to look at when improving the functionality of your kitchen, don’t forget aesthetics! Window treatments can be a huge help to getting the exact look you’ve been hoping for in your kitchen remodel, whether you’re going for sunscreens, blinds, curtains, shades or shutters. Here are a few factors you should consider when looking at kitchen window treatments: Visual appeal. There are a lot of options available, including curtains of all lengths, the various shades and textures of rollers, many colors of shutters and numerous styles of blinds. If you’re looking for a fresh, breezy feeling, you’ll probably want to look for light colors or patterns. If you want something a bit more sophisticated, try wooden shutters or blinds. Light control. Keep in mind that direct exposure to sunlight can harm furniture, wooden floors and fabrics, as well as dull Continue reading

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of sprucing up a space! The biggest challenge, even for experienced designers, is picking the right paint colors. It seems easy enough: you go to the paint store, pick a color from that little bitty chip, take it home and slap it on the walls. In reality, after hours of prep and painting, you may find the color that looked so great on paper looks horrible on the wall. So, short of hiring a paint guru at $150 an hour (really,) here are ten tips for choosing the right paint color:

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality. One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind. Here are a few other things to take into account when determining the right layout for Continue reading

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

One of the biggest challenges when putting together your perfect kitchen remodel is making sure the cabinets get installed exactly as you planned them out. The slightest mistake could mean a loss of storage space, uneven shelves or poorly fitted doors. Here are a few of the biggest cabinet-related problems to avoid: Changing the dimensions. If you are remodeling your kitchen and changing the dimensions of the cabinet, it can be difficult to make sure everything aligns with your existing plumbing and lighting, as well as with the general space you have in the area. It’s far easier to swap in new cabinets with the exact same dimensions, but that doesn’t necessarily give you the results you’re looking for. Precision.  Believe it or not, it’s just as possible to be overly precise as it is to be not precise enough when figuring out your new cabinet situation. Most people buy Continue reading

Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

Tips for Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

We form strong feelings about colors. These associations impact how we feel in a room, and thus how we behave. The color of your kitchen can dramatically impact the kind of activities it sees. Have you ever noticed most fast food chains incorporate red and yellow into their design? Red, yellow and orange are associated with happiness, which in turn helps stimulate appetite. Cool colors like blue and purple signal sadness, and are less appetizing. Does this mean your kitchen needs to look like a burger joint to welcome hungry visitors? Of course not! Get inspired Choose one element to help you design your color scheme. Maybe it’s bold tile flooring, or sleek brushed steel appliances. Don’t commit just yet. First, envision what the rest of your space will look like. Once you have an idea, you can begin researching and dreaming, but stay flexible – the perfect complement to Continue reading

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

It takes a lot of preparation to be able to tile your kitchen and bathroom floors correctly. While the process might not be quite as difficult as fabricating an entirely new set of cabinets and rewiring your whole electrical system, there are still a variety of challenges associated with installing tile flooring. Here are a few of those problems: Loose tiles. By far the most common problem with tiled floors is when tiles come loose. The tile might sound hollow or have a grinding sound when pressure is put on it, or it might actually fully come off the floor. This is a particularly big problem when tile is placed directly on concrete slabs. There are a number of reasons the tile could loosen, including a lack of soft or control joints around the perimeter and in the tilework. Ceramic tiles often expand and contract depending on the moisture and Continue reading

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you want to make some updates to your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to go with a full-scale remodel. There are plenty of smaller tasks you can perform that can make a huge aesthetic difference to your kitchen. Many of these tasks are inexpensive and can even be done yourself, if you have the drive and the know-how. Here are a few simple ways you can upgrade your kitchen: Simple cabinet updates. If you are in a kitchen with really old cabinets that have long since gone out of style, you don’t necessarily have to gut the cabinets and build new ones from scratch to improve your kitchen’s look. Consider a solution like cabinetry resurfacing, which can involve specialized painting, adding new wood veneer to the exterior of the cabinet box, and replacing doors, drawers and hinges. There are a number of ways a skilled tradesperson can “buff up” Continue reading

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

If you’re handy with tools and construction, you might be tempted to perform a kitchen remodel in your home all by yourself. However, even the handiest person might discover they will make some big mistakes while redoing their kitchen if they do not have enough experience with design and planning. Here are a few of the most common mistakes in kitchen design made during remodels: Lack of counter space. One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about kitchen designs is a lack of counter space. If you’re doing the job yourself, it can be easy to underestimate just how much space you’ll need for preparation and for placing appliances and other devices. Putting appliances too far apart. You want your refrigerator, sink and stove to be regularly close to each other, as they are the three areas of greatest activity in any kitchen. You should have easy access Continue reading

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

Have you ever looked at your kitchen and had a grand vision of what it could become? Of course, for most of us, our dreams of the perfect kitchen tend to glance over the amount of work that needs to be done, as well as the difficulty of that work. If you do not have professional training, you could be in for a lot of frustration if you attempt to create your dream kitchen yourself. Here are some of the toughest parts of remodeling a kitchen: Electrical work. While a lot of people have experience with woodworking and general construction, electrical work is more of a niche field. It’s extremely necessary in kitchen remodeling, especially in major overhauls where you are changing the location of outlets and lighting fixtures, the way the room is wired and more. One wrong move with electrical work could be extremely dangerous. Adding a new Continue reading

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

As you plan out your big kitchen remodel, don’t forget the lighting! Great lighting can really be an aspect of your kitchen that highlights all of its best aspects and can be the finishing touch you need to be fully satisfied with your upgrades. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lighting in your kitchen: Plan it out ahead of time. You want to make sure all of your lighting makes sense and flows well with your design. Before you go ahead with making any purchases, make sure you’ve got a solid plan in place for how you want your space to be lit. This will help you to avoid spending more money than you need to on redoing any areas of your lighting in the kitchen. The number of fixtures and how they’re placed will depend on the size, layout and Continue reading