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Materials needed for Kitchen Remodeling

Are you planning for your kitchen remodeling? Do you want to know more about materials? While remodeling a kitchen, you will have to spend more on materials. You need to choose durable and quality materials to get the maximum benefits.  

Besides, you will have to ensure that these materials can enhance the look of your kitchen interior. If you want to have a proper idea about the materials that you will need for your kitchen remodeling, you can consider the followings.  

 

Countertops  

Different types of the kitchen countertops are available in the current market. You will find many materials including ceramic tile, marble, wood, laminate, and granite. All these materials come with some specific features and benefits. Before choosing any of these, you will have to understand your unique requirement and other designs for your kitchen. With a flexible budget, you can choose any of your preferred material. 

 Cabinet 

You will find cabinets of different materials, designs, and sizes. Wood will be a preferable option. Make sure that the color, material, design, and finishing offer a perfect match to the countertops.  

Wall treatments  

You need to give specific attention to the wall treatments to ensure that it will match well with the cabinet and interior. Paint will be the first consideration. It is affordable and easy to maintain. You can also consider paneling and wallpaper. These are a bit expensive and might need more care.  

Lighting 

Normally people avoid lighting while planning for a kitchen remodeling. They do not think that lighting will cost more. But in reality, it should be on your list. Different types of the light systems are available in the current market. You might need to spend more than your expectation. Moreover, visibility is important for a kitchen where you use different types of dangerous tools and you are preparing food for your entire family. Proper lighting will also enhance the look of your kitchen while offering a warm feeling. 

 Doors and Hardware 

Kitchen doors are more than the normal doors. It does not offer access to the kitchen only; it boosts the appearance of your kitchen. You will find different types of the doors including sliding, swinging, and glazed doors. You will also need to spend on the kitchen hardware such as the window cranks and cabinet knobs. The right selection of the hardware is essential if you want to offer an impressive look to your kitchen.  

Windows 

The perfect window will be the one that will create a bright place for you while cooking. There will be many options including sliders and double-hung. The window treatment is also important. They will boost the curb appeal of your windows and kitchen. You can consider anything like café curtains, bamboo shades, and matchstick. Your personal preferences will be the determining factor. 

Appliances  

You should not ignore the appliances like most of the homeowners. Make sure that the appliances are going well with other decors and fit well into your budget. You will need different types of the appliances. You will have to make a list of them and then you can choose depending on other decors including the cabinet. 

 Electronics  

You will need a lot of electronics for your modern kitchen. A modern kitchen needs to be well-equipped. You might need flat screen televisions, tablets, security system, and audio system. You can fit the television under a cabinet and you can fold up it whenever not required. You will have talk to the contractors about the installation requirements. 

 Floor 

Different types of materials will be available for the flooring of your kitchen. You can consider anything like marble, laminate, vinyl, concrete, bamboo, and granite. You need to choose a material that is easy to maintain and durable. Besides, the look will also play an important role. 

 Sink  

Sinks are one of the prime requirements for any type of kitchen. You will have to choose the sinks carefully. You need to consider the material, utility, depth, and faucet styles. Make sure that the sinks are easy to clean.  

Ventilation 

You will also need ventilation hood for the proper ventilation of your kitchen. The ventilation hoods are available in different materials, shapes, and sizes. You should choose a design and material that can go well with other interiors.  

You will need all these materials for your kitchen remodeling. As you will find both the expensive and affordable options in the materials, you will not have any difficulty to get the best designs within your budget.  

 

 

Rearranging Furniture ~ just for the Kinect

 Yep.. you read that correct – we rearranged the living/dining room – all because this gorgeous 12 year got the Kinect for her birthday and I needed more space to play the games.

Ok so maybe it might have also been an excuse for me to take an opportunity to spruce up the room. It wasn’t been touch in 3 years… that’s FOREVER ago. I usually switch things around with every seasonal change. Three years ago we got the ginormous leather sectional and I never thought to flip the room around. I gotta say I should have done it sooner cause this new layout rocks!
I will be the 1st to admit I am at loss on what to do with these big walls. I really am. Every idea I have had an idea it just seem to get lost on the walls.

Here is the old layout of the room. I was already in the the process of moving things out of the way when I realized :maybe I should “take before pics and blog about it”. Typical me 🙂

The room is a combination room with the back half having the family room. It has a ginormous leather section, a round leather ottoman/coffee table, a large screen TV, my Pottery Barn floor light (circa 1999) and a sofa table (an Ikea bookcase on its side). I didn’t realize how much everything was hidden behind that sofa table until I looked at these pics. And yep I already know beige the room is.

The other half of the room (the one you walked up too) is considered the dining room. Here is view from the far wall looking into the dining/kitchen area. These were taken before the kitchen paint job. Notice the balloons hanging from the chandelier?

Just a sidenote: I also realized how much I SUCK at taking pictures with my smaller digital camera. I am always in awe at how talented the women out in blogland are with their amazing pictures. Not much of that going on here. I really need to get on that. 
And now for the new layout.

Notice all the newly found room for playing games and entertaining? I have a ton of space for my Zumba. The hubby even put wheels on the coffee table/ottoman. We can now roll it out of the way whenever we need the space. How cool is my husband? I made an off hand comment about how I wished the ottoman had wheels on it and he did it ASAP! I love that man.

 
View from the back wall looking into the kitchen. The plan for that room is a new dining set and a new lighting fixture. I already have a ton of inspiration pictures saved for that project but one room at a time.
I put away the orange floral pillows (in the above picture) since those are my warm weather pillows. I now have these beauties on the couch. $15 for 2 at Ross. I also placed the rug that was under the dining set, under the sectional. It’s a temporary fix until we get a new rug. Notice the faux fur brown throw?  I love the look of these colors together but the brown rug made it to dark in this corner. 
There is still so much I want to do with these 2 rooms. First off – a new rug under the couch and I love love me some animal prints. Zebra and leopard are my absolutely favorite! So it would make sense to have the new rug be a brown zebra stripe rug. It’s super stylish and pretty much timeless and it definitely scream “Me” all over it. My only fear is this rug might be too light for the space. There is, and trust me I know, a whole lot of beige in this room. 
So a solution might be to perhaps use the same pattern but in a darker shade? 
I actually do have a vision for the this room. I mean what kind of person would I be to go into this all willy nilly with these rooms? 🙂 It’s based loosely on this inspirational picture from Decorpad. I just love how each color in this picture pops. Notice the browns, oranges and touches of turquoise? That’s my vision.. to incorporate all of these colors into my space and have them POP. I figure right now I have a blank canvas with all the beiges, so on to the colors.   
So let me have it. What do you think about the new layout and the plans for the space?  I would love to hear your feedback! 
Really..
I would….

Decorating by the Bay

 What do you get a man who has everything for Father’s Day? Well, you paint the interior of his summer house of course! No? What -that’s not the normal Father’s Day gift? Well, that’s exactly what the hubby and I got my FIL and let me tell you it was a huge P.I.T.A.! The ceilings were insanely high and we had a ladder that didn’t quite make it to the top.

Thank god for extension poles and duct tape! The hubby did an awesome job and reaching them and making it look professionally done! I gotta say it looks great! I still have a few craft projects that I am doing for the shore house, and we are also planning on getting my MIL new “beachy” side lamps. We hope that this “gift” goes over well, because my FIL has been wanting this done for a loooooong time. I think major brownies points were scored-BIG time!!

Before – all white walls (excuse the mess
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After – the color is subtle for sure

 
Just for the record, those fake flowers are not my idea of decorating.
This was after I threw away 3 baskets of them! ugh
We did manage to stop painting just to sit on the deck and enjoy this view

Barnegat Lighthouse