When it comes to renovating kitchens, many of us are tempted to go down the DIY route. After all, it’s much cheaper, and you get full control over the work.
With that said, there are some tasks you definitely shouldn’t do yourself.
If you’re wanting to combine DIY and professional services, this post is for you. Let’s look at some things you can do yourself in your kitchen followed by those that require outside services.
DIY Tasks You Can Try At Home
These are some DIY projects you could try in your kitchen to renovate it yourself. Read on to learn more.
The most obvious and simple kitchen DIY project is to repaint the room. Often, it is the only thing you need to do to brighten the entire room and make it feel like new.
Some paints are incredibly inexpensive. Many are also on discount throughout the year, so you might be able to grab yourself a bargain.
Look for paints that work with your existing cabinetry and appliances, if you plan to leave the rest of the room alone. Alternatively, speak to a kitchen designer about which color is best if you want a more extensive renovation.
Changing Cabinet Hardware
Changing cabinet hardware is another potential DIY job. Switching out old knobs and pulls for new ones can transform the look and feel of the room. And it’s an inexpensive change that can make a world of difference.
For example, you could replace handles with knobs on cabinets if you want a more Shaker-style kitchen. You could also switch out the hinge on doors to change the tactile feel of the opening mechanism. You’d be amazed at the difference it makes.
Tiling A New Backsplash
When it comes to backsplashes, most people prefer tiles. Having said that, creating tiled backsplashes is challenging because it requires proper tiling skills. It’s important to understand how tiling works to do the job.
Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a professional if you are prepared to learn how to do it. Educating yourself on this, typically takes an hour or two.
After that, you can tile the backsplash (and any other room in your home), regardless of the type of tiles you use. Tiling is all about understanding the basic principles. Once you know them, you are a tiler for life!
You can even add countertops to kitchens yourself if you understand the basic principles. While getting it right is tricky, it frees you up to create more of the kitchen you want.
The easiest to install are laminate countertops. These have a wooden core (usually made of wood chips) covered by a thick layer of laminate to protect against chopping. You should find these relatively light and easy to cut to size and around corners.
However, there are other countertop materials you could choose. Stone items, like granite and quartz, are popular, as is marble. But these require the manufacturer to cut them to the precise size you need first.
You shouldn’t attempt to cut them yourself unless you really know what you’re doing.
Stone options add more value to your home, but they are harder to maneuver into place. Often you need a team of people to lift them and special support to ensure they don’t sag or damage the cabinetry below.
Installing A New Faucet
Installing a new faucet is also something you can try at home. It’s not the easiest job in the world, but it can make your kitchen look quite elevated. Just remember to turn off the water supply first to prevent any floods or accidents.
Many people are now choosing to install faucets with bendable, flexible hoses. These make it easier to manipulate the faucet, particularly if you have a Butler sink.
The basic principle of faucet replacement is much the same, regardless of the model you own. The first step is always to unscrew the base of the faucet from the fitting below.
Once you’ve done that, the unit should come out and you can fix the new one, provided the attachment is the right size.
You can also replace the washers on faucets if you want yours to work more reliably and stop leaking. Again, ensure you turn the water off and choose a washer that’s the right size.
Changing The Look Of Your Appliances
You can also change the look of your appliances yourself (instead of running to the nearest handyman).
The best way to do this on a tight budget, is to buy some stainless steel-effect paint and coat your appliances with it.
This way, you can take an old or ugly appliance and make it look state-of-the-art, in line with other modern appliances….for a lot less than replacing it.
Kitchen Renovation Tasks You Shouldn’t DIY
While there are plenty of kitchen renovation tasks that you can do yourself, there are many that you shouldn’t. Not only could working on them be dangerous, but you could also wind up with subpar results.
Don’t work on any gas appliances yourself. That’s because there is a fire risk and poor installation could result in carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.
For instance, if fitting a new gas stove, leave all the piping to professionals. Get them to test the unit before using it, to check safety.
You should also avoid making structural changes to your kitchen yourself. While adding skylights or an archway from the dining room might seem like a good idea, it could damage the building’s structural integrity.
Even doing something small, like moving the sink, requires careful consideration. While it might seem minor, these changes can have structural implications.
Plumbing And Electrical Work
Finally, you’ll want to leave any kitchen plumbing or electrical work to the pros unless you have a license.
Again, it’s all because of the safety issues or the damage risk to your property.
Bad wiring could cause electric shock, while poor plumbing might lead to flooding that destroys the rest of the renovation.
So, there you have it: some of the kitchen DIY tasks you can perform yourself, and others you shouldn’t.