Petite Kitchen Makeover

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October 17, 2018
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Petite Kitchen Makeover

What is a Petite Kitchen Makeover?

A petite kitchen makeover is a cosmetic refresh that will improve the aesthetics and enjoyment of your kitchen. You may have perfectly good cabinets, but your cabinet hardware is dated. Your countertops are too dark, in poor condition, or too difficult to keep clean (ex. tile with grout). The sink and faucet are due for replacement. Maybe the lighting needs improvement in the work areas of your countertop. You could add a design element to update your kitchen with a decorative tile backsplash that complements perfectly with an elegant new quartz countertop. Undercabinet lighting would make the space brighter and more functional for food prep.  Sometimes it is the necessity of replacing a cooktop that prompts you to decide to replace the countertops at the same time. Whatever the concerns are to inspire a few cosmetic changes, you can transform your kitchen into a place where you LOVE to spend time.

Why the kitchen?

 The kitchen is the epicenter of your home and family. Often, we use this space for game time, homework, paying bills, cooking and entertaining. To-do lists and kids’ school projects are strewn about on the kitchen countertops. When entertaining family, and friends they often mingle in the kitchen. A few simple changes will make the biggest impact on your whole home making it feel refreshed and new. When it comes to return on investment kitchen remodels have long been considered one of the best ways to improve a home’s market value.

The Perfect Kitchen Candidate:

 The general rule of thumb for a petite kitchen makeover is everything in the kitchen stays in the same place. The footprint or shell of the kitchen (i.e. the floors, walls, and ceiling) will stay intact. Cabinets and flooring are in good shape. You have good lighting already in place. You have old tile or countertops that you want to update the surfaces of with clean new finishes. You might have an old appliance on its last leg and while replacing it, decide to update something else. This is a great opportunity to make a bold design statement, that says WOW! Our designers have creative ideas they can share with you and give you a fresh perspective on a dated kitchen while working with your personal preferences and incorporating all the charm that already exists in your home. 

Need Ideas?

Pick 1-3 ideas that will make the most impact and create the most mileage for your family. More than 3 and it is no longer a small refresh but considered a whole kitchen remodel. By keeping it small there is less interruption to your family routine while the work is being done.

Great Refresh Ideas: (Pick 1-3 upgrades in any combination.)

  • Countertop replacement with a fun bold backsplash. Add beautiful decorative tile to a brighter, more durable and stylish countertop surface made of quartz or granite.

  • Add undercabinet lighting. Undercabinet lighting can brighten up dark spaces in your kitchen to make food prep and clean up easier. Focused, well planned out lighting can make your kitchen more functional.

  • Replace cabinet knobs and pulls. Give new life to your cabinets with a look that compliments the other finishes in your kitchen.

  • Replace a tired sink, faucet and garbage disposal. A new sink, faucet, and garbage disposal will provide your kitchen with an updated and more functional prep station. Nothing gets more use and abuse than the kitchen sink area. While you are at it, consider getting an instant hot water dispenser and hot water tank as an added luxury to your sink area.

  • Install 1 or 2 new appliances. Maybe your cooktop is on its last leg or you need a new microwave.

  • A pop of color or changes in texture. You can really explore your creative side and express your personal style. How about a bold new wall color or texture change like shiplap? You can get a spunky appliance update and really go wild with the color. Take your tired looking island, paint it an attractive accent color to make it worthy of being the center of attention.

In this Petite Kitchen Makeover, the inspiration began with a worn-out cooktop. The Client needed a new cooktop and discovered sizes are hard to match as cooktop measurements vary by model over time. While replacing the cooktop, they decided to update the dated tile countertops with beautiful quartz countertops, new tile backsplash, add more overhead lighting, add undercabinet lighting, install a new sink, and faucet. You can see how much brighter the room looks in the before and after pictures. What a difference a new countertop, backsplash, and some strategic lighting can make!! Light, bright and so inviting!

How to Survive a Kitchen Remodel, Big or Small:

Whether you are planning a full tear-out and replacing every inch of your kitchen, minor improvements to a few surfaces or any combination in between; here are a few tips for getting through your kitchen being out of commission for any length of time.

  • Prepare and get organized. The more prepared you are the easier it will be.
  • Where will the temporary kitchen go?
  • Where could you temporarily move and plug in your refrigerator?
  • What cabinets need to be empty?
  • Include take out and restaurant expenses in your remodel budget, inevitably no matter how organized you are this will occur more than you intend for it too. 
  • Creative menu planning is a must! 
  • Plan your menu around what appliances you will have available. 

Ideas for a Makeshift Kitchenette:

Consider the electric kitchen appliances you have available and gather a few in advance to make it as convenient as possible. Consider preparation of this area as part of your remodel budget.

Some ideas to consider:

  • Is there another place in your house that can be temporarily converted to a mini kitchenette? Do you have an RV with a functioning kitchen space? What about a wet bar already established elsewhere in your home? Otherwise, you may need to create a space for it in a room that can handle the kind of traffic a kitchen gets. You might need to get creative for cleanup… a bathroom tub or laundry sink can be a great place to wash dishes!
  • Do you have a coffee maker or electric tea kettle?
  • Some cooking and reheating options could include microwave, toaster oven, pressure cooker, slow cooker, portable electric grill and depending on the time of year… outdoor cooking with a BBQ or smoker. 
  • Refrigeration – Where can you temporarily relocate it and plug it in during the remodel. Preferably close to your makeshift kitchen…
  • Gather tubs or boxes for storage of food, dishes and any other items.

What are the benefits to a Petite Kitchen Makeover vs. a Full Kitchen Remodel? 

With a petite kitchen remodel your family will experience a less lengthy interruption to routine and schedules. The average work time needed for a petite kitchen makeover is about 2-4 weeks. For a full kitchen remodel your kitchen is out of commission on average 6-8 weeks. Full remodels are a huge undertaking. In a petite kitchen makeover, you may not need to pack up, move, and store your whole kitchen elsewhere during the construction. In a full kitchen remodel, you will need to consider ideas for a makeshift kitchenette. Meal planning with limited kitchen appliances will be strategic for both options. With a Petite Makeover, you may avoid the kitchenette if you can budget enough to eat out.

Either choice (when completed) will make a huge difference to the feel in your home, your routine, and bring the most return in value to your home. We have the expertise, professionalism, and qualified staff to create your dream kitchen. To discover whether your kitchen is a good candidate for a petite kitchen remodel, schedule an in-home consultation with our design team.