Kitchen Makeover Ideas that Organize and Modernize

Kitchen Makeover Ideas that Organize and Modernize

Posted on December 28, 2015 in Kitchen


A kitchen remodel is a big project. The process requires precise designing, careful planning, reliable contractors and let’s not forget, a defined budget. Estimating cost depends on the design plan, plus the materials and labor of any kitchen and bathroom remodeling job.

According to 2015 data from, the average cost of a complete kitchen remodel is approximately $17,000 with homeowners spending anywhere as low as a few thousand dollars and as high as $40,000 or more.  

Unless your kitchen is fully updated, there are probably a few upgrades on your wish list. Some homeowners are comfortable undertaking a small kitchen project, and we applaud those of you who can save money with DIY methods! However, major changes and modifications to plumbing systems or gas lines should be handled by a professional contractor like R.J. Tilley.   

Kitchen makeover ideas

You can improve the appearance of your kitchen and make the space more functional without undergoing demolition. There are several features to focus attention as you gradually work your way towards a brand new kitchen. Here are some good places to start…

Cabinets & Hardware — Love the space your cabinets provide, but dislike the look and style?  

Refacing kitchen cabinets is a time-saving, affordable alternative to tearing out and installing new cabinetry. With many products on the market specifically for refurbishing cabinets, the choices for finish are endless. The bonus is you can still use your kitchen during the project! Don’t forget to swap out old hardware for new pulls, knobs and handles once the top coat is dry.

Storage — Is your kitchen functional in design, but lacks storage space? Drawer organizers, pull-out cabinet storage, roll-out shelves, pot racks, glassware holders and pantry bins all help you take advantage of every inch of space. These are easy and affordable solutions to stay organized without a big investment or project.

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Countertops — Do you have adequate space, but outdated surfaces? Updating countertops is a great way to modernize the kitchen. Granite, marble and other natural stones are among the current trends in countertops. The cost to replace them comes down to the material selection, size of slabs and ease of installation.

Backsplash — Looking for an easy way to add pizzazz to your kitchen? Backsplashes really dress up the space between countertops and hanging cabinetry. The most popular types of tile backsplashes are ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone.From mosaic patterns to subway style, tile backsplashes are a great DIY project. Backsplashes are functional, too, providing protection against spills and splatters!

Lighting — Are kitchen lights too bright, too dim, or do you dislike the fixtures? Change them!  Whether your style is light and modern or cozy and rustic, there are plenty of options including basic ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, pendants, recessed lighting and more. Task lighting is another trend we’re seeing more of these days. Lighting underneath cabinets not only provides ample light at waist level, but it highlights those gorgeous countertops and backsplashes!

Quality design & remodeling support

Even if 2016 isn’t the year for a complete kitchen renovation, there are still ways to modernize and make better use of your space. You can always visit our showroom to check out materials and products, or get design ideas and inspiration. For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact R.J. Tilley today.