DIY Summer Projects for the Kitchen

Kitchen PlansSummer is here, and it is the perfect time to spruce up your kitchen. Kitchen DIY projects are perfect because they can all be done indoors where it is nice and cool! Here are some things you can do for your kitchen this year.

Repaint Your Cabinets

Replacing cabinets is one of the most costly parts of a kitchen remodel. But you don’t have to do all of that to get a fresh new look for your kitchen. A fresh coat of paint will instantly turn an outdated kitchen into something modern and chic. The white kitchen is all the rage right now because you can pair it with fun colors in the rest of your decor. Why not repaint and get white kitchen cabinets to stock all of your dinnerware and small appliances?

All you have to do to start is to take off the doors and faces. Sand the wood down to make it ready for the paint to stick. You don’t have to sand off the old coat completely. Just roughen it up a bit. Use a paint primer and wait for it to dry; then apply the paint. Let each coat dry before you apply the next. Sheer colors will need a few more coats than those that are more opaque. It is recommended that you apply at least two to three coats before finishing it off with a sealant. Add some new fancy knobs and you will have the best kitchen cabinets in the neighborhood. You don’t have to stick with a white kitchen to get a modern feel. Painting your cabinets and appliances fun, bright colors is popular as well.

Create a Backsplash

After painting your white kitchen, or whatever other color you choose, you can create a new backsplash by hand. A backsplash can be a center point that draws attention, or it can be the tie that holds the whole look together. Backsplashes work great for kitchens, but they also look nice with bath vanities.

To start, you’ll need a drill, grouting sponge, tile cutting tools, wall tiles of your choice, tile adhesive, and grout. Use a grit sanding sponge to roughen up your wall. Next, mark the center point of the area being tiled to make sure everything is even, and work from there. Lay out the tiles before you glue them to make sure they all fit. You may need to cut the ends of your tiles with a cutting tool. Apply the tile adhesive with a notched trowel, with notches that are about 1/4 or 3/8 of an inch deep. Make sure you only apply as much as you can tile in 15 minutes, or the adhesive will dry too quickly to complete the project. Allow the tiles to dry for 24 hours before applying the grout. Use a damp sponge to wipe off the excess grout. After a few days apply a sealant.

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