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How to Best Restore Your Old Kitchen

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Do you look at your old kitchen and wonder how you will make it look new again? Maybe your door handles are all rusted, your wood flooring is chipping off, and cabinets look like they were last cared for in the 17th Century. 

In this article, we look at some of the things you can do to quickly restore your kitchen and bring it to the best modern quality.

1. Repaint your kitchen surfaces

For an old kitchen, repainting old surfaces that were initially painted would give it a fresh new look. 

Make sure you remove all the grease that is stuck on the surfaces. Otherwise the painting will not last for long because it might lose the grip.

After removing all the grease, use Sandpaper 240 to sand the surfaces and then begin to apply paint. You can apply paint upto 3 different coats while sanding in between coats to get a smooth finish.

Paint your kitchen walls using the same process as your other kitchen surfaces. This also a good time to change your kitchen colour or combine two colours to achieve an elegant design.

2. Replace kitchen handles

Existing kitchen handles are probably truly rusted unless they were of a really high quality from the beginning. Even so, most kitchen handles used for opening various custom-made cupboards can get rough after a few years losing their shiny look.

3. Restore kitchen cabinets and countertops

This is another important part of the restoration process. Old kitchen cabinets look awful let alone the countertops. 

This only means that as you plan to restore your kitchen, the cabinets and countertops should be a priority. 

Stone is good and is commonly used for most countertops. This includes materials like quartz, granite and marble. 

For kitchen cabinets, consider wood to be very durable and ideal. Make sure you measure correctly when going to buy or make these so that they fit perfectly in the space that you have. A good option is to have a professional help you to figure this part of your restoration out.

It is also possible to customize high-gloss kitchen cabinetry in order to achieve the feel and look that you want.

4. Replace kitchen tiles 

The flooring is most affected by kitchen activity. Well, a residential kitchen is not the same as a commercial one. However, as people move in and out of the kitchen the flooring gets really worn out after a few years. It is therefore important to replace the kitchen floor tiles.

Remove the old tiles carefully if you need to recycle them and then lay new ones.

In addition to the floor tiles, some kitchens have wall tiles around the cooking area to protect the walls. Replacing these ones is also good for your restoration so that they match the other tiles you will place around other parts of the house.

Once you floor this short guide you can quickly do a renovation of the most important parts of your kitchen. Renovating these areas is sure to change the outlook of the kitchen in a short time.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.

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