Are you looking to remodel your kitchen, but on a tight budget and think you don’t have the time to do so? If so, you’re in luck! Home improvement expert Danny Lipford of TodaysHomeOwner.com joined me for an interview recently to dish on how you can update your outdated kitchen on a budget and believe it or not….in just three days. Danny dished on the 80s kitchen (with burnt orange cabinets) that he updated and brought to life with a new coat of paint, new countertop, sink and faucet.
Candace Rose: What can we do to improve the look of our kitchen in just three days?
Danny Lipford: “We did a lot in three days, but it was three long days and we had the homeowner right beside us. We took a kitchen that had a dated look with a burnt orange paint on it. It might have been popular in the 80s, but not so much anymore.We kind of brought it back to life here by sanding, priming and repainting the cabinets – new countertops, new sink, faucet -a little bit of curtains overhead there as well as a new range hood that really made a big difference in how the overall kitchen looked. The things you can’t see is all of the glue and adhesives that’s holding it all together from the Titebond family. This is a good example where we used the wood glue when we built this little section of cabinets here that we needed to build in order to accommodate all of the range hood and give them a little more storage space. We also used construction adhesive. I always like to use that to put in countertops because I don’t have to use as many screws or nails.
Also, we found a lot of water damage in the old countertops, because water was allowed to seep under the sink and it caused a lot of damage there so we wanted to make sure that didn’t happen, so we used Titebond Kitchen and Bath Sealant to seal that up, pushed it in place…they’re not going to have to worry about that again. I’ve always used construction adhesives and glues on just about any project that I do. I know it’ll last a lot longer and definitely be a lot stronger.”
Candace Rose: Did you run into any problems while working on the renovation?
Danny Lipford: “Oh yeah, always do it seems like. That’s where you have to really keep the optimistic attitude there. Of course the water damage that we had here was fairly easy to be repaired, but our real challenge was to provide adequate ventilation for this home owner. Something happened a few years ago that looked like somebody had taken a chainsaw and did a little renovation here in this part of the kitchen that really looked bad, so after we redid the cabinets, we then sought after a really good range hood – this one from Broan. We were able to install it, it has some pretty cool features. I like the light and how it just kind of comes on really slowly and has three different light intensities, three different fan speeds. It’s very energy efficient, very quiet…but the most important thing when you’re talking about kitchen ventilation is to make sure it is vented all the way through to the outside and not just in the attic. There are so many vent hoods that are just going straight up into the attic, all your doing is pulling one problem from one room to the attic space.
It’s important eliminating the moisture as well as well as a lot of the smells that you’re going to have and odors and such in a kitchen to move them all the way to the outside. It’s very easy to retrofit one as well if you already have a system in place or unit in place. Pull one out and put a new Broan unit in and you’ll be glad you did.”
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about the new countertop that you installed?
Danny Lipford: “It looks expensive. It’s a plastic laminate, though. They’ve done a great job in simulating the actual look of granite or marble, right down to the edging that looks so much like granite countertops that I’ve installed many many times. This is a great way to go, it comes in one piece. It’s easy to have fabricated and come and slip right into place. While we did that it’s always a great idea to replace your sink and faucet at the same time.
The faucet is pretty cool (please see video above for details) from Moen. It’s called the Walden. Basically it’s spot resistant, so you don’t have to worry about getting any spots on it from touching it. Of course the pullout sprayer has been popular for a long time, they’ve just really refined this and put a whole lot of quality in it because so many of this type of faucet on a lesser quality faucet, that’s the way they’ll look. This one from Moen will retract and it’s called the reflex system, it’ll work every single time locking it back in place and that’s what you really want. It’s really a very good quality. Another thing that they’ve tried to do – a lot of these pullout faucets are really tall and if you had a really tall faucet right here, it would kind of block the window a bit…it would look a bit awkward. This one’s lower profile, works perfect for this arrangement here. The good news? $198 at the Home Depot right now.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any other tips you can share about kitchen facelifts?
Danny Lipford: “Well, one of the things that you want to do when you’re remodeling the kitchen, and the simple thing that you can do is certainly personalize it. That’s certainly something that can make a kitchen look a lot better – some nice pictures of the family of maybe some trip that you’ve been on, that’s always nice. This is the center of family life, a lot of time spent here so why not really personalize it.
Also, from a standpoint of really utilizing every square inch that you have and every cubic foot that you have, there’s a lot of great accessories utilizing every square inch that you have and every cubic foot that you have. There’s a lot of great accessories for pull outs and tilt outs that you can put inside the cabinets to maximize every square inch you have available.”
Candace Rose: Where can viewers go for more information?
Danny Lipford: “I’d love for them to drop by our website at TodaysHomeOwner.com. There’s a lot of information on anything to do with the kitchen or anything to do with the house inside and out.”