Our homes are a direct reflection of who we are as a person, so designing your kitchen to match your personality is an important aspect of creating something unique. When deciding what to include in your new kitchen remodel, there are a lot of factors to consider, such as whether you should reface or replace cabinets, what type of finish would look best and what style would match the rest of your house. All of these need to be considered when designing your unique kitchen. Find out what options you have and how you can make your house feel more like a home with these tips!


Steps To Customizing Your Kitchen

Kitchen remodeling projects can be time consuming and costly, but they don’t have to be! Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen or just change the color of your cabinets, customizing your kitchen to match your personality is a lot simpler than most people realize. To begin, it’s important to know what kitchen design plan you want to model your kitchen after. Some plans include single-wall, L-shaped or U-shaped walls, and whichever you choose will help determine where kitchen appliances will be located. After deciding the design of your kitchen, you can then pick out floor and wall colors, countertops and cabinet finishes. These steps help you customize your kitchen to make it uniquely yours. Personalizing your kitchen is an important part of making it feel like a home, especially as many homes tend to suffer from FSS, or Furniture Showroom Syndrome. So many homes have the same color cabinets, floors, walls and countertops that is so matchy-matchy to the point where your home looks like a showroom.


Here are some ideas to help include your unique personality into your new kitchen remodel and avoid Furniture Showroom Syndrome:


  • Know what to mix and match – You don’t have to stick to any one style or color, but try to link different items with a common thread.
  • Pay attention to geometry – The lines of your kitchen can be a form of monotony, so check out whether everything is square-edged or curved. If you have a rectangular table, spice things up by using round stools; if the island is round, put a square vase on it to switch up the geometry.
  • Change up your cabinets – If you want to update your cabinets but are on a budget, try going halfway by keeping your old dark wood cabinets and replacing a bank of the upper cabinets with metal or glass. Same goes for countertops-switch up the island countertop with something different than the rest, and you can dress up the space without redoing the entire space.
  • Switch up finishes – By simply changing the knobs and pulls on your cabinets, you can achieve a simple kitchen update without breaking your budget. Try mixing modern shapes with traditional ones on your upper and lower cabinets to make your kitchen uniquely yours.


How Refinishing Transforms KitchensPhoto of a kitchen with pinstriped cabinets

One of the simpler ways that you can personalize your kitchen is by changing the style or design of your cabinets. You can revive the look of your kitchen by painting them a vibrant color or swapping out old knobs and pulls with ones that have more pizzazz. If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, refinishing your cabinets is another way to customize and budget at the same time. There are plenty of options to choose from when refinishing; solid, glazing, pinstriping, rub through and rustic are some of the most commonly picked refinishes. The solid color is the simplest finish, whereas glazing is a special technique used to highlight the grain and add a multi-dimensional look to the end product. Glazing is known as a “rub” or “wash”, and is procured by hand-rubbing the glaze into the wood’s natural grain after the cabinets are coated. Pinstriping involves adding an accent line to the edges of the doors and can accompany a solid or glazing. Rub through is an aging effect in which the finish is sanded through on random edges to create imperfections, giving your cabinets an antiquated look. Rustic combines pinstriping with glazing that creates an aged look, but not quite as antique as rub through.


Refinishing your cabinets is much cheaper than replacing, and can last just as long. With refinishing, kitchen cabinets remain usable and clean throughout the entire process. You can still enjoy normal life while undergoing a beautiful kitchen remodel by refinishing instead of replacing.


Getting Started

If you’re ready to create a kitchen that is uniquely yours, Summit Cabinet Coatings can help! Our finishes are top-of-the-line, and we have many options to choose from to ensure that your kitchen is exactly how you want it. Call now at (970) 282-9856 for a FREE estimate on your cabinet project!