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Aug 30

Surviving Your Louisville DIY Kitchen Remodel

If you watch enough HGTV, you begin to actually believe you can install a backsplash in an afternoon, replace your laminate floors with hardwood in an evening and transform your kitchen in a weekend. The problem is, the space between the “before” and “after” is often longer than you think, and living without a kitchen is not a pretty picture.

There are a few things you can do to make any Louisville kitchen remodel easier. Preparing yourself beforehand makes all the difference when your weekend project turns into a month-long DIY marathon.

Louisville Kitchen Remodeling Tips

  1. Pack

If you are painting or replacing any cabinets, sort, pack,Female Hands Framing Custom Kitchen Design Drawing and Square Photo Combination.
and label your kitchen gear so you can find
it easily when you need it.

  1. Find a Temporary Kitchen

If you have a dining room, that can be a great place for a makeshift kitchen. If not, you can use the garage, basement, or backyard. Prepare your makeshift kitchen with the basics (i.e. toaster, microwave, electric grill, slowcooker, etc.) Set out a small set of dishes (or paper plates) and utensils. Organize everything in plastic tubs in an area that can remain (somewhat) undisturbed).

  1. Meal Plan

Identify your alternative cooking options using electric appliances, outdoor cooking, or no-cook meals. Eating out all day may sound great at first (and Louisville has become a food lovers paradise), but it will inevitably get old (and expensive). If possible, make meals ahead of time that can be reheated in the microwave. Keep plenty of non-perishable snacks on hand, and a cooler of cold drinks.

  1. Timing

If you have the ability to choose, plan your remodel for a time of year when the weather is warm. An outside grill and a kiddie pool for dishes makes things much easier, and allows you to continue to prepare most meals outside.

  1. Pet Plan

If you have pets, find a safe place for them to spend their time during the remodel. It can be disruptive to both workers and pooches to have their space invaded.

  1. Family Meals

Even if your home is literally in demolition mode, keep family routines as close to normal as you can. Use a blanket or tablecloth to make a picnic (indoor or outdoor) and maintain family meals as much as possible. Keeping this important ritual can help children deal with havoc and help parents remember what is the most important after a long day of renovation headaches.

If any of your appliances are in need of repair, Aable Appliance Repair of Louisville, KY is ready to help. Contact us through our online service request form, or give us a call today!

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Aug 20

Creating a Retro Kitchen in Louisville, KY

Pull out your pearls and whip up an apple pie, the 50’s are back. Retro kitchens are one of the hottest trends in Louisville home décor. Vintage is modern again with funky, charming and playful elements that use fun colors and emphasize personality.

Simple Retro Décor

The good news is, you don’t have to complresized-adobestock_24616839etely remodel to bring retro elemen
ts into your kitchen. You can add in vintage elements and retro colors in small ways.

  1. Pattern

Polka dots and stripes are the best vintage patterns to use in a retro kitchen. Curtains, towels, appliances, bold colors and strong patterns add a funky, vintage feel.

  1. Color

Vintage kitchens are not afraid of color. Tables, chairs, backsplashes. In elements both large and small, use color. Bright, candy apple red with accents of mint is a perfect vintage pallet.

  1. Hardware

No need to change your entire cabinets, but you can switch out your hardware for a funky, vintage look that adds character to the space.

  1. Accents

Coca-Cola, clocks, scales, times, and antique details can bring your vintage kitchen to life. Stick with padded stools, and open shelving storage. Scour Louisville antique shops for authentic pieces with personality.

  1. Screened pantry door

I love the idea of replacing your pantry door with a screen door. It’s a simple change that can bring a beautiful, vintage, and welcome touch of a cottage farmhouse.

  1. Vintage Linens

Look for authentic, vintage linens to incorporate in your kitchen. You can use them as hand towels, table settings, or décor.

Retro Remodel for Your Louisville Kitchen

If you’re looking for a complete retro overhaul, consider these elements to transform your space completely and create the ultimate vintage look.

  1. Checkered Tile

This is an absolute must. Nothing says timeliness like black and white checkered floor. You can also go a step further to red and white check.

  1. Appliances

Instead of going with the latest and greatest appliances, look for throwback appliances with vintage appeal. It will change the personality of your entire space. If you find that perfect appliance, be sure to test it out to ensure it’s in good working order.

  1. Stainless Steel

Lights are the best way to incorporate stainless steel into a vintage kitchen. Simple steel pendants are classic and timeless.

  1. Cabinets

If you’re ready to go all in-in, commit to the vintage look by going with a pastel colored cabinet to bring the entire room together.

  1. Farmhouse sink

Enough said, nothing says classic farmhouse like an authentic farmhouse sink.

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Aug 10

Where to Recycle Appliances in Louisville, KY

Whether you are upgrading, remodeling your kitchen, or replacing old and broken appliances, after you install a shiny new machine, you have an old and dingy one without a purpose. Of course, you can always save the appliance, use it in a garage, or try to sell it to a friend or neighbor, but if all else fails, you can donate it or recycle it for a good cause.

Recycling appliances is the best way to get rid of unwanted units. In most cases it is free, sometimes you can even get paid cash, even if they are broken. Although you can recycle paper, glass, metal, and plastic through Louisville city waste services, you cannot recycle large items like appliances. Here’s the most popular (and easiest) ways to recycle appliances in Louisville, KY.

Louisville Appliance Recycling Options

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Louisville Recycler: Louisville Recycler will haul away your appliances for free. A Recycler employee will come to your home and remove the machine free of charge. Any metal is applicable, which includes all household appliances as well as computers and televisions. If possible the items are donated to local community organizations. If not, the metal is processed and recycled.

Junk Haulers: Junk Haulers moves old appliances for free in the Southend Louisville/Bullitt Co. area. Other areas are priced on a case by case basis. All metal items are recycled to eliminate landfill waste. In addition to appliances, you can send furnaces, water heaters, lawn mower, golf carts, virtually anything made of metal.

ARCA, Inc.: The Appliance Recycling Centers of America provides a recycling service through Go Recycle Now. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves/ranges, freezers, air conditioners, water heaters, dishwashers and microwaves are eligible for recycling for free. ARCA has a drop off location in Louisville, KY and may partner with local utility companies for residential pick-up services. To see if your utility company offers incentive pick-up service through ARCA you will need to contact them directly.

Retailers: For those purchasing brand new units, certain retailers (such as Lowes) include haul away and recycling of your old appliances as part their delivery service. There is typically no additional charge for this service, but this can vary by company. Be sure to check with the store for details.

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