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). However, you do not need to be a nutrition counselor to think of alternative ways to survive your kitchen remodel.  If possible, you can 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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