Kitchen trends for 2013: ‘Revamping kits’ offer high-end results
Monday, January 07, 2013
If you’re tired of looking at your outdated kitchen, but feel replacement would be impractical, you’re not alone. In 2013, consumers will be trying to find the beauty in the beast. Projects that help the old look new will be the next big makeover trend — especially in the kitchen where remodeling becomes more pricey.
“Revamping kits” that refinish countertops, cabinets and appliances are already in growing demand. Here are three top kitchen kits that can easily, quickly and affordably help your existing kitchen look high end.
Granite remains the No. 1 choice for kitchen remodels, but the standard cost of granite runs from $50 to $110 a square foot (including installation).
Granite paint kits allow you to give outdated countertops a granite look. Each kit comes with the primer, mineral paints, applicators and a demo DVD to help you update your Formica, laminate, wood, tile and Corian countertops. One granite kit can transform an average L-shaped kitchen countertop (or about 16 running feet) in one weekend and the process is easy enough for a first-time painter. The included specialized sponge replicates popular styles of granite, and the high-gloss finish adds durability and shine.
Modern cabinets are what everyone needs to bring their kitchen from “old-fashioned” to “in fashion.” However, replacing old cabinets may not be in your budget. If your cabinets work just fine, but the color is keeping your kitchen in the ‘90s, try cabinet paint. This specialty paint is a one-day process not requiring any cabinet removal or a separate primer. Just apply two coats of your desired shade and within hours your cabinets will be ready for use. Each kit covers 100 square feet, which is the standard cabinet coverage for the average-sized kitchen.
Appliances are a big investment and many times are purchased all at once to achieve a harmonious, matching look. This holds many homeowners back from making the jump toward the most desired appliance look, stainless. Liquid stainless steel paint is made with 100 percent stainless steel, and kits are available for refrigerators as well as a ranges and dishwashers. Choose from the stainless “range and dishwasher” kit and the “fridge” kit. Each kit comes with a specialized application tool that creates the brushed metal appearance over your existing appliances.
For those who don’t have new items in their budget right now, consider revamping your countertops, cabinets and appliances, helping what you have look like a million bucks for less than $200.
If new countertops aren’t in your budget right now, consider a revamping kit.