Thinking about renovating your kitchen, or getting your kitchen cabinets painted? You probably have tons of questions.
Over the next month and a half, we’ll take you step by step through the process in our 7-part How to Take Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab: The Ultimate Refabulated Guide series. We will go through the details to give you the kitchen makeover you deserve.
New to the series? Read part 1, where we start from the beginning and help you figure out everything you need to know before you begin your kitchen transformation.
In this second part of our series, we’re going over everything you need to know about flooring. We’ll help you get started on choosing the right flooring and determining what needs to be done to make sure you end up with floors you’re going to love.
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The First Step in Your Kitchen Transformation: Flooring
Some of our clients who come to us for kitchen cabinet painting often want to remodel some other aspects of their kitchen at the same time. We recommend working from the bottom up, and flooring is the place to start.
Changing Your Floors Out: Where to Start
If you are changing your flooring, this can be a big job. When choosing your flooring, it’s important that your linear surfaces (long running and horizontal) are complimenting each other.
We strongly suggest taking advice from flooring experts when you’re determining if you should tear out old flooring or lay new flooring on top of the existing material.
Another aspect we run into when you’re having your floors changed out is determining if the floor runs under the actual cabinetry. You may know this already, and if not you can pull back the toe kick (the portion that runs between the bottom of your cabinetry and your floor) and take a peek.
If your flooring does run under the cabinetry, again please talk to your flooring expert. They can determine, depending on what you want to replace the floors with, if it can be installed on top.
Some flooring can be easily butted up just to the toe kick with a simple quarter round or shoe moulding added to finish the look. Or there are machines and tools that can uninstall ceramic tiles that run under your countertop to the point where placing the new flooring would be required.
Choosing The Perfect Flooring
As for colours and style, choose what you love.
Tiles will be cooler and harder on feet. Hardwood is warmer, and if you have hardwood throughout your home (or are replacing in other areas) it can create a more cohesive flowing feel versus different flooring in different rooms.
However, hardwood marks easier, becoming scratched or dented in a room of your home that is usually well used with high traffic.
Tiles are beautiful, with many, many options available. From ceramic to porcelain, and even some laminate tiles, your choices are virtually endless.
We’ll Help Make Your Kitchen Come Together
Overall, having your kitchen cabinets repainted is never really just that. It usually ends up with other aspects of your kitchen having to be updated or changed as well.
While it might seem like you’ve got a lot of work cut out for you, we’re here to help you get through the process smoothly. That’s why we’ve put together this 7-part guide.
Stay tuned for what we have in store, and in the meantime read the first part of this blog series, where to start, or learn why repainting your kitchen cabinets will help you transform your kitchen
Part 1/7 – Where to Start
Part 3/7 – Countertops