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6 Tips I Learned from Getting My Kitchen Remodeled | Jen On Life

6 Tips I Learned from Getting My Kitchen Remodeled

I wanted to do a kitchen remodel ever since I purchased my home in 2006. My house was built in 1999 and still had granite tiles and the color (maple) of the kitchen cabinets was also not my favorite.

Kitchen Remodel: Before

I looked into replacing the cabinets, the granite tile (used on the backsplash and countertops) but it would cost a fortune. The counters would still have the same layout and it didn’t make sense to spend that much money.

After 11 years of living in my home, I replaced the granite tile (counters and backsplash) and that was the most cost effective solution. I kept the maple color cabinets because I didn’t want to paint the cabinets white. I really dislike painting and knew it would be time-consuming to paint all the cabinetry myself.

Kitchen Remodel: After

Kitchen Remodel: After

Now that the kitchen remodel is done, I wish that I changed out the countertops and backsplash a long time ago. My kitchen looks updated even with the maple cabinets. I also changed out the kitchen faucet to an oil bronze finish. The best part of the kitchen is my stainless steel, single basin sink. With stainless steel sinks, I learned that you need to wipe down the sink with a towel or wash cloth to avoid having the water droplets show up on the sink which can drive me crazy! 🙂 I make it a point to wipe down the walls of the sink after each use.


  1. Have a budget.
  2. Make sure to have extra money in the budget to cover unexpected expenses (which there always are).
  3. Price out different options based on your priorities. If you can afford to do an entire kitchen remodel, just do it. But if an entire kitchen remodel is not in your budget, think of things that you can replace in your kitchen that will still give it an updated feeling without it costing a fortune. You can also update your kitchen in stages depending on how much money you can save. I initially changed out all the white appliances to stainless steel. I also changed the cabinet knobs a couple of years ago because that was a more inexpensive solution. I REALLY DISLIKED the gold knobs (see the image below of how the kitchen looked like back in 2006).
    Kitchen Remodel: Before any updates
    Changing out the appliances and cabinet knobs were a good start but my kitchen still needed more updating. I decided to not change out my cabinets since the cabinets are in good condition Changing only the countertops and backsplash didn’t cost as much as redoing an entire kitchen.
  4. Get estimates from different contractors. Take into account the price and the length of time it will take to finish the job. Try to find contractors that are recommended by people you know who have recently gone through a kitchen remodel.
  5. Set up a temporary kitchen. Make sure to have a toaster oven, microwave, and a sink that you can use while contractors are working on your kitchen. I personally used my toaster oven a lot as well as the sink in the laundry room to clean my dishes by hand. Although in the end, it was easier eating out.
  6. Make sure you are ready to do a kitchen remodel (budget-wise and emotionally). Having an unfinished kitchen for weeks is very disruptive for your family, especially if you are living in the home. If you are willing to go through it, and the pros outweigh the cons, then it’s time to get your kitchen remodeled.

Good luck with your kitchen remodel!

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