How or where should I start in redoing my kitchen?

by Rhondamcd39
I need more cabinet space and need to make it more user friendly. I don't have a lot of money but I do want to bring everything in the kitchen together but just don't know where to start. My other half says that because of an overflowing toilet upstairs we are going to have to RIP out the wall and some areas of the ceiling. I am just afraid that he is going to start digging in and then walk away. So I want to gain the knowledge to carry on if I have to.
q how or where should i start in redoing my kitchen
Standing in dining room looking into kitchen.
  6 answers
  • C C on Jun 22, 2018
    Greg has some good points but I would start with painting your walls the color you want. Once you have painted your cabinets, you can't go back without stripping them. Not a fun job. Painting your walls will lighten your kitchen a lot. If you can't afford a new light fixture, try Led bulbs. They give off sooooo much more light. Don't be afraid to tackle this. Each step will be an improvement.

  • C C on Jun 22, 2018
    Also add some lighting on top of and underneath your wall cabinets. Rope lighting works great is costs very little.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Jun 22, 2018
    The first thing you have to address is the wall and ceiling. It makes no sense to make cosmetic changes and then have to pull down the wall because of rot.

    • Shirley Shirley on Jun 22, 2018
      I definitely agree with Bonnie. Fix the leak problem first, or you might have to redo what you had done in the kitchen. Once the leak is fixed, you know what you have to work with. As for the suggestion of flat white paint on the walls, I would never put flat paint in the kitchen. It used to be code that you had to use semigloss in the kitchen and bathroom. Semigloss is much easier to wash than flat paint. Personally, I wouldn’t ever use flat paint for anything because it is so much harder to clean.

  • Eli15413922 Eli15413922 on Jun 22, 2018
    Kinda funky layout. Consider removal of the crosswise cupboard/counter (dividing k and d) and building/buying an "island" for more functional workspace. Agree re needing paint to brighten and (chalk?) paint on cupboards to cut back on all similar wood. See if ReStore has some shallower cupboards if more storage an issue b4 embarking on the cupboard "paint" and a hue of whatever you select for those, would do on wanescoat (sp? sorry) on rear/window wall. Really strong horizontal lines need some breakup. example, cupboard fronts over sink go up to ceiling instead of all horiz. flush. As for lights, you'll have plenty of time to keep your eyes out for the perfect one but invest in some non blue LEDs in the interum.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jun 23, 2018
    STOP EVERYTHING! These suggestions are all nice BUT in my experience, any successful project starts with A LOT of research. You need a master plan, even if you aren't going to see it completed for several years. Don't use money as the guiding force. Find out what you truly love, and as you can afford each phase, complete another phase. We've been doing this for 2 years on our home and it is now nearing completion. We have been truly in love with our improvements and are now past the awkward adolescent stage where nothing matches and have moved into the beauty phase. Really, you won't regret having a master plan.... A vision....

  • Carol Carol on Jun 23, 2018
    Your Hubby is right about at least one thing. The wall where you had toilet overflow needs to be opened up. Don't put any bucks into redo until you know you have a clean slate. In the meantime start visiting home improvement stores with your current layout and measurements. The people in the cabinet department will help you find the most useful layout for free. I learned so much from them. You can even get an estimate for what you like. This way you can decide if it makes sense to just do it piecemeal. New cabinets today have it way over old in terms of space and access. Good luck with your project.