Bold Kitchen Design: Make a Statement!

A bold kitchen design isn’t for everyone. But, even if you like to play it safe in interior design, there is something to behold about a kitchen that takes a risk. You can create a bold kitchen design using many different techniques, which we’ll explain below by showcasing some truly remarkable kitchens!

8 AMAZING BOLD KITCHEN DESIGNS

1. Black and White Beauty

This kitchen is bold and contemporary, while also giving off a slightly traditional feel. The Black and white cabinets contrast beautifully. An island is always a great place to add contrasting cabinets. The waterfall Torquay quartz countertop from Cambria edge give it a dramatic look and the brass hardware and light fixtures really set off this design!    

2. Monochromatic Craftsman

This kitchen is striking! The monochromatic look works so well, especially when contrasted with the dark kitchen island. It evokes the feeling of the woods with the green handcrafted Wellborn Cabinets and natural looking wood floors. The quartz, glass subway tile and chrome hardware give it a modern feel without feeling too cold.    

3. Middle Eastern Elegance

This neutral kitchen makes a bold statement with a pink arabesque accent tile and fun pink lantern pendants. The 42″ cabinets give a dramatic look and the gold hardware brightens up the space. The Ocean Jasper Silestone Countertops tie it all together. This is a great look for those who want different, but not too crazy.   ocean-jasper quartz in bold kitchen design  

4. Coastal Cool

This crisp white kitchen makes a bold statement with bright blue subway tile and brass hardware next to stunning Wellborn Cabinets. The reflective countertops and bead board ceiling draw your eye across the space with ease. This is a fun, airy design that would work great in a coastal home or anywhere in the country!    

5. Detailed Dome

This bold kitchen is incredible! While most of us don’t have this incredible ceiling to tile, they made the most of this space with the stunning herringbone brick pattern. The grey and navy coordinate so well, and the Cambria Seagrove Quartz Countertops feature both colors, streamlining the design. The cream hearth above the stove adds the perfect bit of contrast. The details such as corbels and a stunning farm sink take this design to another level.   Seagrove_Cambria Bold Kitchen Design  

6. Red Victorian

This quirky red victorian kitchen brings the best of the old world into this century. The contrasted island and classic Victoria Quartz Countertops make it sight to behold. The carved detailed accents and copper hardware pulls it all together and make this bold kitchen a space to remember.    

7. Funky Contemporary

This fun contemporary kitchen features things a little bit outside of the norm. The fun green glass subway tile is in a vertical pattern, making is more unique. The Slab style Waypoint Cabinets are paired with open shelving made of glass, so it really opens the space up. The bar is almost restaurant style and the addition of the fun thimble shaped barstools really sets the design off. It goes to show you the most unexpected elements can make up a stunning and bold kitchen!   Bold kitchen design  

8. Cool Urban Eatery

This contemporary style bold kitchen features slab cabinet doors in a rich espresso. The bar pulls keep the lines clean, as seen in the rest of the space. The open shelving is modern and trendy, while the red mosaic backsplash is unexpected. A crisp Coswell Cream Silestone quartz countertop is the light neutral this space needed to come together.    
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Are cheap kitchen cabinets automatically bad quality?

Are cheap kitchen cabinets, or more affordable kitchen cabinets, automatically bad quality? Today we’re going to dive into this matter and evaluate what makes a cabinet undesirable and what makes them a good buy. If you can find the qualities that you’re looking for in a cheap kitchen cabinet, then by all means, take advantage of it and save yourself some money!

What makes cheap kitchen cabinets?

The primary factor in determining if a cabinet is the quality that you’re looking for is the material that it’s made of, either the cabinet box, cabinet door, or both. Solid wood is typically the best way to go for cabinetry, but can be quite expensive. What are the other options for cabinet materials, you might ask? Here we go!

MDF Cabinet Construction:

mdf cabinets, cheap kitchen cabinets MDF is a popular choice for affordable cabinet construction. What is MDF? According to Bob Villa, “MDF starts as sawdust and shavings—all the little bits and pieces of wood that are created as a byproduct of industrial milling. Once dehydrated, those wood fibers are then mixed with resin and wax and formed into panels. Under high heat and intense pressure, those panels are compressed and become rigid, with a hard shell. In the final stage of manufacturing, giant machines sand the panels down, giving them a silky smooth finish before cutting them to fixed dimensions.” MDF is popular for a few reasons:
  • First off, it’s economical choice. Hence the reason we’re talking about it!
  • MDF is a recycled material. If you’re worried about saving trees, it’s a better choice than solid wood.
  • MDF is easy to paint. It takes colors easily and evenly.
  • MDF does not have knots that can blemish the surface of a piece or make components difficult to attach.
  • MDF is made with chemicals that make it poisonous to pests such as termites.
  • MDF will not expand and contract due to heat and humidity the way solid wood can.
What are the disadvantages of cabinets made of MDF?
  • MDF tends to be high maintenance – it is much harder to repair chipping or cracking than it would for solid wood or other materials.
  • The chemicals used in making MDF, such as formaldehyde, make the material less child-friendly than other materials.
  • When MDF is exposed to water, it will swell
  • Does not hold fasteners easily.
  • There is no grain on MDF, which some people prefer.
MDF cabinets, as mentioned, are a very economical option. If you find affordable cabinets made of MDF, do not assume the quality is undesirable. As with any decision, it is personal, so weighing the pros and cons of each material is the best way to get your idea product.  

Particleboard Cabinet Construction:

Odds are, particle board will make for some cheap cabinets. Particle board is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood chips, sawmill shavings, or even sawdust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded. What are the benefits of particleboard cabinets? There are really only two. 1. They don’t warp with temperature change. 2. They are the ultimate in cheap kitchen cabinets. They cost less than all other materials. The major downside is that it is very susceptible to water damage. It will swell quickly when exposed to water, such as if you spill something on your floor and it comes into contact with the bottom of your cabinets. particleboard cabinets cheap kitchen cabinets

Plywood Cabinet Construction:

Plywood is generally thought to be the better product when building cabinets. Plywood is made of three or more thin layers of wood bonded together with an adhesive. Each layer of wood, or ply, is usually oriented with its grain running at right angles to the adjacent layer in order to reduce the shrinkage and improve the strength of the finished piece. It is a stronger product than MDF and Particleboard. Plywood has superior construction longevity because it holds screws and other mechanical fasteners more efficiently. Plywood also weighs less than the other two we’ve mentioned, which can be significant when hanging cabinets. In addition, plywood holds glue joints together better than particle board and MDF and is more resistant to dents and scratches. plywood cabinets cheap kitchen cabinets
Of the three materials, Plywood is the best option for cheap kitchen cabinets. While you can still get nice MDF or particleboard cabinets, we would say to look for plywood. Our least expensive cabinets are plywood boxes with solid wood doors. They are quality construction for a cheap price. This all goes to say that yes,  you can get cheap kitchen cabinets that are quality. Just know what you’re getting!
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Things to Consider When Changing Your Kitchen Layout

A kitchen remodel is a big job in itself, but changing your kitchen layout can make it that much more complicated. There are several things you need to consider when you are deciding to change your kitchen layout. We’ve got them covered below! Contact-Designer-Shop-Ad

Kitchen Layout Considerations

If you’re removing walls

If you’re removing walls, you need a licensed professional contractor. The biggest issue is making sure that the wall is not load bearing. If it is, you will need a beam, either exposed or hidden, each with their own cost. You also need to make sure you will have enough wall cabinets for your personal needs if you’re removing a large wall that once held upper cabinets. Open concept is very popular, and for good reason, but some people jump the gun. They decide to remove a wall without thinking about how it will effect their storage space. Lowers are great, but uppers are typically used for your most used items. Don’t forget to evaluate your needs honestly! load-bearing-walls kitchen layout

Electric Concerns

If you are changing your kitchen layout, you need to make sure that your vision is a possibility from an electric standpoint. While pretty much anything can be done, you need to make sure you have the budget if you are going to need serious changes made. Some things you need to consider is your stove hook up. This is not a regular plug, so you can either make sure it’s long enough to move where you want it to go, or you will have to get it moved. Consider where light switches used to be and where there will need to go now. Also think about the most logical places for wall outlets. Where will your toaster go? Do you used crock pots or blenders regularly? These will effect you later on down the road if you don’t consider them up front when adjusting your kitchen layout. electric in kitchen layout

Plumbing Concerns

When changing your kitchen layout, you need to consider if plumbing will be moving as well. Is your sink going in your island? If your refrigerator going to need to move? Where will your dishwasher go? All these appliances come with plumbing hookups as well. If you have a slab foundation, moving certain plumbing aspects could be extremely difficult. Sometimes, it’s no big deal. Again, find this out ahead of time so that you can plan your plumbing budget accordingly and make sure that your plan is actually doable before purchasing cabinetry that is built around this idea. Plumbing - Kitchen Laout

Proper Flow For Appliances

When you plan to redo your kitchen layout, make sure that the flow of your appliances if conducive for easy cooking. This is usually done by triangle placement. Triangle placement in kitchen layouts say that your stove, sink and fridge should be in a sort of triangle if you want the best cooking flow. While not everyone opts for this, it’s definitly something to consider. Also think about if you’re left or right handed, where you should add extra storage for pots and pans, etc. Contact-Designer-Shop-Ad  
  Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation! Written By: Allie Bloyd

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Things to consider when doing a DIY Kitchen Remodel

For some, the words DIY sound more like D-I-E.

You may have the knack for craft and home improvement, or you may be far on the other side of the scale. Some may never even consider tackling a kitchen renovation on their own, but for others, the idea isn’t too scary, and may actually be exciting! Whether you are new to DIY renovations or experienced, there are a set of things that you must always consider and aim to get right when doing a DIY kitchen remodel. Let’s cover them below!

  1. Do Accurate Measurements

Have you ever heard the expression “measure twice, cut once”? That’s because sometimes, you only get one shot to get it right. When you’re talking about ordering roughly $10,000 worth of kitchen cabinets, you want to make sure your measurements are correct. If not, your whole layout could be compromised. Even worse, it won’t work at all. Then, you’ve paid for a product you can’t use. Custom or semi-custom cabinets can’t be returned because they were made especially for you. In stock, cabinets MAY be able to be returned, but they will need to be in perfect condition, meaning you can’t have already tried installing them. Because countertop templating can’t be done until your cabinets are fully installed, this can push back you getting your countertops several weeks, especially if they are special order cabinets. Anyone who has gone through a kitchen remodel knows that being without countertops is one of the hardest things to deal with. Make things easier. Measure MULTIPLE times, and do it the right way.

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  1. Plan for the Unexpected in a Kitchen Remodel

Most of us know that when doing a remodel, there will be something unexpected to deal with. This happens when professional contractors are doing the job, so don’t think that you as a DIYer will have a different experience. If anything, you might deal with a bit more because you’re not as experienced in foreseeing potential problems before starting the job. Set aside 20% of your budget for these issues. If you happen to be the 1% that doesn’t have any unexpected issues, you’ve just found some extra money! But on the other hand, if you don’t set this money aside, and not IF but WHEN something comes up, your remodel has just become a lot more stressful.Contact-Designer-Shop-Ad

  1. Delicate Demolition

While there isn’t exactly such a thing as a REAL delicate demolition, you do need to decide what you’ll be keeping before you start demo in your kitchen remodel. If you’re not keeping anything, it makes it a bit easier, but if you’re saving some cabinets, or the backsplash, or flooring, you are going to have to plan to work around that without damaging it. Many a good material has been lost in the demo because this hasn’t been properly thought through. Realize that drywall could be damaged in this process if you’re not extremely careful. If it is visible drywall, you are going to have to pay for those materials and either do that work on top of the remodel or pay someone to finish it for you.

  1. Electric & Plumbing

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Odds are, you’re not an electrician or a plumber. These are VERY important to take into account when doing a kitchen remodel. Someone will need to hook up your new sink (or your old sink into your new cabinets), your dishwasher and possibly your refrigerator. If you’re changing your layout, you may need to move outlets. Even if you’re not changing the layout, the best time to move inconvenient electrical sockets is after the demo is already done and the walls are open, so take advantage of this fact and get an electrician in there to do the work you’ll wish you had done later! Budget for these professionals to the job, because shoddy plumbing and electric work can mess up a lot of things in your home and potentially cause major problems like fires. Additionally, you could find bad wiring or pipes once the demo has been done, so this goes back to planning for the unexpected on top of budgeting for plumbing and electrical trades.

  1. Appliance Location

If you are moving your appliances, you need to be prepared to spend more on electric or plumbing. You might also want to consult with those trades before deciding on a layout because your home might actually not support the layout you’re hoping for. If you’re going to be building in your microwave, you need additional filler. You will need refrigerator end panels if you’re building in your fridge. If you plan on getting new appliances, make sure you know the exact models you’re getting before confirming your layout and order products. Not all appliances are the same size.dishwasher-install diy kitchen remodel

  1. See your materials together

If you’re not working with a designer on your kitchen remodel (which, if you’re not, you could be, free of charge!) or a contractor, you may have an idea of the way that something will look together, but if you’ve never actually seen it, you could end up hating it when you have all the final products together. That is a huge hassle that no one wants. Sometimes it’s the piece they base their entire design around that they decide doesn’t look right. We suggest you get samples of all the pieces you plan on buying and putting them next to each other to see to the best of your knowledge how they will look in your space. We do, however, always suggest working with a designer to utilize their years of expertise on these issues.Kitchen Cabinets-Shop-Ad

  1. Finishing Materials

DIYers often forget the finishing materials in a kitchen remodel, such as bullnose tile to end the backsplash, toe kick for under the cabinets, scribe for the sides of cabinets, crown moulding or fillers. These play an important part in the overall design, so make sure you take these into account.

  1. Get a comprehensive plan together

After you’ve gotten all of these issues worked out, get a c
comprehensive plan together for your kitchen remodel. Get graph paper and map out each cabinet, where it will go, the measurements, etc. What products will go where, how much you will need (plus extra!) and when each product will be installed, and by who. Make sure you know which trades will need to work when and schedule them in advance.
DIY kitchen remodel planWe hope these tips have been helpful! If you have any other questions about achieving a DIY kitchen remodel, feel free to email us or comment below! Builders Surplus is a full-service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!Written By: Allie Bloyd

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Mediterranean Kitchen: Get the Look

At Builders Surplus, Kitchens are one of our specialities, and today we’re going to show you how to achieve the Mediterranean Kitchen look. The Mediterranean kitchen design is a favorite of many homeowners. Its very appealing to those who like relaxed style with a right and sunny feeling. This style is also reminiscent of the old world, particularly Italy, Greece and other Mediterranean based locations, as the name suggests. The Mediterranean style is relaxed, warm and inviting, while also elegant and sophisticated. 

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Elements of a Mediterranean Kitchen:

Color:

The colors are a very important part of the Mediterranean style. The look should be soothing, with rich and warm colors hues. The style pulls from the sun, sea and natural foliage that are native to the region. Spicy reds, yellows, terra cotta colors, ocean blues and muted greens really bring the Mediterranean style together. You should feel as though you’re on a sandy beach or in the Italian Countryside.
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Tile:

The main theme of Mediterranean is natural looking materials. Tile is a very important choice in this style of kitchen. Not only will you see a lot of tiled floors in Mediterranean kitchens, you will almost always see a tile backsplash. Travertine is a popular choice, with the natural stone fitting perfectly with the style. Hand painted tiles are a perfect accent to add, really accentuating the old world vibe we talked about. Adding ledge stone or any other type of natural stone accent is also another great way to add some pop with your tile. While doing some of this stone work can e time consuming, we offer a variety of “Natural stone tile” that is much easier to install, like brick tile, ledge stone panels, or mesh back tile.
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Typically, Mediterranean kitchens will create some sort of focal point with their tile. It is typical to do it over the stove area. Use different patterns of the same tile, or different tiles to accent, it’s up to you. They are still usually in the same natural hues or they are of the hand painted variety.

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Flooring:

Flooring in a Mediterranean kitchen is usually always a hardwood or tile. The hardwood can be dark and rich, or lighter and more rustic or reclaimed looking. It all depends on the exact style you’re going for. You can a more modern Mediterranean kitchen or go more old world. Tiles are typically a tan, brown, cream or reddish color, keeping in line with the neutrals of the style.

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Cabinets:

In Mediterranean kitchen design, cabinets are often constructed from high-quality woods like cherry or character maple. They can be left in their natural state, stained or painted to add a colorful element to the design. You will often see pops of turquoise, green, or various other colors.
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We also see the antique white cabinets often in Mediterranean kitchen design. This keeps the room light, bright and airy. Dark cabinets also work well in the space. What we do find is that almost all of the cabinets in a Mediterranean kitchen have detailing in the door. You will virtually never see a slab or shaker door in this style of kitchen. This brings the more hand-carved look into the space. You’re not looking for sleek in your cabinet door with this kitchen style. You will also see glazes or distressed finishes on these types of cabinets.
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Architectural Features:

There are a few main architectural features in Mediterranean kitchen design. The first is the presence of arches. You will find beautiful arches over fireplaces, in walls, or in a hearth design. Hearths over top of the stove area are a very popular design choice as well.
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Beams are another big architectural player in Mediterranean kitchens. Dark, light, rustic, thick, thin, it doesn’t really matter. You will find them in the majority of these kitchens. And for good reason, they are beautiful! Textured Walls add a very old world feel to a Mediterranean kitchen. Most old kitchens in this area of the world had plaster or stone walls, so this brings back the original feel. Detailed ceilings can be found is the majority of Mediterranean kitchens as well. It could be trey ceilings, tiled ceilings, beams, painted ceilings, the choices are endless. This adds some serious detail and drama to the space!
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Lighting:

In a Mediterranean kitchen, you need dramatic lighting. You will always find chandeliers and lots of  wrought iron. You will often see pot racks double as lighting, as shown above. The bigger, the better!
As you can see, Mediterranean kitchens have a very unique sense of style. It is the epitome of old and new, class and relaxation. For more examples of beautiful Mediterranean kitchens, check out this blog! If this is your dream style, we hope we’ve laid out the road map for you to achieve it! What is your favorite part of Mediterranean style kitchens? Let us know in the comments below!

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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How To: Do a kitchen remodel on a budget

If you haven’t already, most homeowners can probably agree that if they had their choice of rooms to renovate, a kitchen remodel would probably be on the top of their list. We spend so much time in our kitchen, whether it be cooking for the family, snacking, helping the kids with homework, or entertaining. But why do they have to be so darn expensive? The cost (or assumed cost) can be a huge deterring factor in some people taking the steps to change a room they hate into a room that brings joy, beauty and functionality to their homes and lives. In this article, I’ll show you that the $50,000 kitchen remodel ideal is not always the case, and that you can do a kitchen remodel on a budget – any budget. As a Millennial with limited funds, my husband and I moved into a home that needed a complete gut renovation. The stress of thinking of how to pay for it made me get creative in how I would get the look I needed for a price we could afford. While it took us a year, we now have an amazing looking kitchen that cost us a total of about $2,500. Here are some of the ways to accomplish a kitchen remodel on a budget in your own home.

Every Kitchen Remodel On a Budget Needs Priorities

In order to do your kitchen remodel on a budget, you’re going to have to prioritize your wants and needs. What is most important to you? If you MUST have granite or quartz countertops, you’re going to have to get creative with your cabinets or tile. If you think you can’t live without custom cabinets, your countertop budget is going to need to take a hit. We all have things that are important to us, and figuring out what yours are will help the process go smoother and stay on budget. bigstock_83103200_Female-Hands-Framing-Custom-Kitchen-Design-Drawing-and-Photo-Combination.

A Kitchen Remodel Can Be Done In Stages

Another misconception often shown on your favorite HGTV show is that if you want a kitchen remodel, you should just knock it out all at once. While that may be ideal, it’s not often feasible. A kitchen remodel on a budget could need to be done in stages. Keep in mind that you can’t get new countertops until your cabinets are in place, so typically if you are buying new cabinets, this must be the first step. It’s also difficult to live without a countertop, so you will most likely want this done next. Tile, shelving, and fixtures can be done last as long as you have something to use in the meantime. If this is the way you need to structure your remodel, get a plan together. Put it on the calendar and honor your commitment to it.

Be Patient. Shop Surplus.

As a surplus store, we get new items in on a weekly basis that are offered at a huge discount. These products could have been discontinued or have not met the exact color standard of the manufacture, but are 100% quality and unused products. However, when they’re gone, they’re gone. You can save a lot of money by stopping in often and seeing what new surplus products are available for your remodel. If you are patient, it can really pay off.

How to Save On Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets are most likely you’re #1 expense in a kitchen remodel. But, it doesn’t have to be expensive. For a kitchen remodel on a budget, you need to save on cabinetry. You have several options here. First, determine if your cabinets can be salvaged and upgraded, or if they need to be replaced completely.

Outdated Cabinets:

If your kitchen cabinets are simply outdated, consider painting them instead of replacing. You won’t believe what a good coat of paint and some new hardware can do to the look of kitchen cabinets. Sometime you can play into the retro feel of your old cabinets and make them fit right in after a facelift. Some crown moulding can also go a long way in upgrading the look of your cabinets as a whole for a relatively low price. Building a “box” on top of 36″ cabinets and adding crown on the top, then painting the box, can give the look of ceiling height cabinets as well, which is another high end look that you can achieve for less.
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Un-useable Cabinets:

Go stock. Some people want custom. In that case, prepare to spend more. But if you’re flexible, this is the way to go. Our In Stock Unfinished Alder cabinets is what I choose, and I am such an advocate! At about $67/lin. ft, the price is unbeatable. They are a classic shaker style and can be painted or stained any color your heart desires! I chose robins egg blue, which would have cost me a fortune if I had wanted custom cabinets in that color. You can easily update the in stock shaker cabinets with some glass doors for a high end look. Ask us about how to do this in store! Our Honey Ash are a raised panel, and I think they look awesome painted a white or grey. Going stock doesn’t mean bland or boring. You can still put your personal touches on these cabinets to make them your own. Kitchen Remodel on a Budget

New Cabinet Hardware For a New Look

Cabinet hardware is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a facelift. Check out the difference from the simple hardware change below. Many older kitchens have noticeably older hardware styles. Update them and see the immediate difference! Cabinet hardware Upgrade

Floating Shelves Vs. Upper Cabinets

Floating shelves are a hot trend right now, but I feel that they will always look good and stand the test of time. Many people opt for floating or open shelves as opposed to upper cabinets. This can save you big money! You can make the shelves yourself or purchase them for a much lower price than a cabinet. Make sure you have dishes that you’re ok to have on display, or just buy some that go with the feel of your kitchen for a great statement in itself! That’s how to do a kitchen remodel on a budget! floating shelves

Bargain Backsplash

Wallpaper Instead of Backsplash

For a kitchen remodel on a budget, you need to save on backsplash. Some people will be morally opposed to this, but I happen to love wallpaper. You can get a very eclectic look by opting for wallpaper instead of backsplash, or in addition to it. You may spend a small amount on backsplash for the area right next to your countertops, but go for a dramatic look by taking the wallpaper to the ceiling instead of going to the ceiling with your tile. wallpaper backsplash

Beadboard

Another way to save on backsplash is to use bead board. This classic, cottage or farmhouse look may not work for everyone, but if you like it, it can offer huge savings. Its easy to install yourself, too! Beadboard Backsplash

Subway Tile

Ceramic subway tile is another great bargain backsplash option. This elegant, classic tile will always be in style and goes with virtually every design taste and cabinet design. At about 30-40 cents per piece, it is a great value. You can definitely install it yourself, although for large spaces it can take some time. Smaller spaces are a breeze in my opinion.

DIY Tile Installation

If you want to save some money, learn to install your own tile. You can rent wet saws from home depot for about $70 a day. Do your research and learn how to use it before you rent so that you’re not paying for the machine while you’re still learning the basics. A mesh back tile or subway tile would be the easiest to install, although you may want to stay away from intricate patterns like arabesque. Although it is a mesh back, it’s not too easy for a new DIYer. Check out this video on how to install subway tile backsplash.

Creative Kitchen Countertops

Countertops are your other big expense. Get creative with these countertop solutions.

Butcher Block Countertops

While butcher block countertops CAN get expensive, you can find some very affordable wood countertop options that will cost less than granite (in most cases) and quartz that will add some serious character to your home. butcher block coundetertops

Laminate Countertops that Imitate Marble or Granite

Laminate countertops are your most affordable countertop option. The technology has greatly improved in their manufacturing and you can get laminate that looks like marble or granite. If you don’t care about stone, go for the same look at a lower price. laminate countertops

Prefab Granite (Prefabricated)

At Builders Surplus, our prefab granite countertops start at $39.99/sq ft. Fully Installed! That is more than a 50% discount from most granite countertops. Prefab granite countertops works for MOST kitchen layouts. See if this is an option for you! There are 8 colors to choose from that will give you the high end look for less!

Concrete Countertops

Your price on concrete countertops are going to heavily depend on the contractor you find to do them. The majority of the cost involved is labor. Shop around and find a contractor that will do it at a discount, and concrete countertops become a very attractive option for a pretty affordable price! They are also extremely low maintenance and durable. Concrete Countertops We hope this has helped you realize that a kitchen remodel on a budget is possible! What options will your consider for your kitchen remodel? Let us know in the comments below!
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd
       

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Copper Sinks: The Essential Starter Guide

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Copper Sinks – when you say copper sinks you might think of an old brown and green bowl sitting on a vanity in the old west before there was plumbing; however, copper sinks today are much different than they were way back when, they are a beautiful statement piece to any kitchen design or bathroom remodel. They’re link shiny red-brown chameleons – constantly changing and always stunning to look at and watch change over time. There are many reasons why you might want to add a copper sink to your kitchen design or bathroom remodel; it could be their unique and diverse style or their ability to be antimicrobial. Whatever the reason for your consideration of a copper sink, there is no denying that it will be the talking point of your guests around the dining room table.

Properties of Copper Sinks

Copper sinks are as unique as they come, in both style and function. When seeking copper sinks you should look for sinks that are 99% pure copper, preferably with that remaining 1% being zinc, which will add to it’s strength. Do be warned that when ordering copper sinks from China, India, or the Middle East as lead can be used as a filler because it has similar workability to copper and is inexpensive. Lead is also harmful to humans – so be cautious when ordering outside of the United States.
Copper is an extremely soft metal which means that it can be shaped and hammered into different designs to turn an average bowl into a stunning masterpiece!

Copper Sinks: Mount & Style

Like any other sink, copper sinks also come in a variety of styles and mounts. They can be unadorned or extremely elaborate – it all just depends on what you’re looking for and what you’re willing to spend. Sink mounts refer to how the sink is installed and will look on the countertop, while style generally refers to the finish of the product.

Decorative, Farmhouse

Decorative sinks tend to be more ornate and have intricate designs either hammered or stamped into the metal. They are extremely elegant and with the reactive and changing nature of copper sinks they will always look a little different the next copper sink! Farmhouse, is the kind of mount, and is not unique to copper sinks. Farmhouse mounted sink are also called an apron mount where the front of the sink is exposed or overhangs from the the cabinets below it. Farmhouse is a great look and feel to go for with more country, or traditional style kitchens. Now, just because these two are listed together doesn’t mean that’s how all copper sinks are. You can most certainly get a decorative sink with a different mount or just a plain farmhouse mount with no decoration.
Copper Sinks: The Essential Starter Guide: Decorative Farmhouse

Hammered, Drop In

Hammered sinks are less ornate than more decorative style sinks, however they’re more unique than plain or brushed finish copper sinks. Hammered sinks give a faceted look to a shiny sink that has little patina to it, like you’re washing dishes in an amber bowl. When your sink has a more patina’d look to it, it makes the bowl appear more rustic and handmade – craftsmanship like. Drop In sinks are more common because their weight is what largely keeps them in place on the counter top, and thus are really easy to install.
Copper Sinks: The Essential Starter Guide: Hammered Drop In

Brushed, Under Mount

A copper sink – with little else to it will be eye catching, so if you’re wanting something more simple than what else can be seen on here then looking towards a brushed finish is a simple and understated, yet still elegant solution. Under mount sinks are beautiful because the countertop sits directly above them, giving the space a more modern and seamless look.

Hammered Under Mount

Hammered Finish Under Mount Sinks

Finished, Vessel

There are different kinds of finishes, the kind that I am referencing here are copper sinks that have something other than a wax or sealant to finish them, such as glass or acrylic. The bonus to this is that the copper will stay in all it’s original, shiny, beautiful, glory – if you can’t stand slight inconsistencies or change in your sink finish then this is the way to go! A vessel mount sink appears to be a simple bowl sitting atop your vanity or countertop. These are decorative of themselves and make great statement pieces without needing any kind of finish! Vessel sinks come in many different shapes and styles. If you want a unique looking sink that goes beyond just copper, vessel sinks are as unique and as out there as you can get!
Copper Sinks: The Essential Starter Guide: Unique Vessel

Pros & Cons of Copper Sinks

Everything in this world has its ups and downs. When it comes to sinks it just depends on what you want, and how much you can spend. If antimicrobial properties are important to you then you’re only bet is copper.

Pros:

  • They’re beautiful: It’s that simple. Copper sinks are some of the most beautiful and unique! The fact that they’re made from one sheet with no seams also makes them like works of art. They can be hammered and shaped to almost any dimension. Copper sinks do form a patina as they’re exposed to water and air, so if you love the original color you can have it coated to preserve it’s beauty. If you like their reactivity, the ever changing color and patina of copper sinks are just a bonus to their beauty. This goes beyond copper sinks being beautiful, they literally have countless combinations of finish and style. Some look like regular sinks and others look like works of art!
  • They’re antimicrobial: This unique property of copper sinks makes them favorable for kitchens, while bacteria can live on many sinks surfaces for weeks at a time, bacteria on copper sinks can only last a matter of hours. However, the EPA states that you shouldn’t coat (paint, lacquer, varnish, wax, etc.) your copper sinks if you wish to keep the antimicrobial nature if the metal.
  • Copper is 100% recyclable: Copper retains 95% of it’s original value when being sold after recycling. In fact, it’s likely that the copper sink that you’re getting is already made from previously recycled copper.
  • They’re durable: Depending on the gauge (thickness) of copper that your sink comes in will definitely affect its durability, the thicker the copper the less likely to dent it will be. Copper sinks are resistant to corrosion and rust, making it an ideal choice for a sink material.

Cons:

  • They’re highly reactive: If you want your copper sinks to maintain their color you’ll need to coat them – which will rid of you of the antimicrobial properties of the metal as well. Acidic foods and drinks, abrasive cleaners, and extremely hot or cold cookware can change the color of your sink, darkening it and leaving odd colored spots. Granted, as the patina darkens everything will become more uniform as time progresses. However, unless they’re sealed periodically it is extremely hard to maintain a copper sinks original shine.
  • They’re expensive: More than just being an expensive choice for a sink, they’re also expensive to repair. Copper is a very soft and malleable metal, so it can be easily dented and warped, meaning that you’ll likely need to repair it more often than other sink materials. Keep in mind that thinner gauge copper sinks will dent more easily than thicker gauge copper sinks.
  • They need more maintenance: To keep it’s shine and finish in tact for as long as possible you should dry the sink with a soft towel after every use and you should be careful with what products you use to clean it as some more acidic cleaners can discolor your sink. Warm water and gentle soap is usually all it takes.

Copper Sinks: The Essential Starter Guide: Reactive
When all is said and done choosing the right sink for you is up to you, however, we hope, that in considering copper sinks for your next kitchen design or bathroom remodel that we’ve provided you with the necessary information to decide if a copper sink is right for your home and family! They’re stunning and unique pieces with equally unique properties that make them ideal in any kitchen! Now that you know something about copper sinks, if you think that you’re ready to shop around you can view our copper sink selection on our website!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Kat Flaherty

Amerock Hardware: Jewelry For Kitchen Cabinets

Amerock Hardware is a top manufacturer of cabinet hardware. Cabinet hardware can be used on kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, dressers and other pieces of furniture. We feel that cabinet hardware is like jewelry for your kitchen cabinets! Take the same cabinet, in the same color, with 5 different cabinet hardware selections, and you will get 5 different styles for that cabinet! Cabinet hardware can easily make or break a kitchen. Find out some of our top Amerock Hardware pics for 2016, and see what style you should be looking at to get the contemporary, traditional or farmhouse look you’re searching for. Amerock hardware is not only beautiful, but it’s also affordable, so get ready to spice up your cabinets and match your kitchen to your design style! All of the choices below are available at Builders Surplus, some being in stock, ready to take home, and some custom order with a short turn around time. Comment for details on anything you see below!

Our 6 Favorite Amerock Hardware Choices For 2016


1. Amerock Oil Rubbed Cup Pull & Allison Knob

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Oil rubbed bronze is a very popular finish right now. This finish leans towards the rustic or farmhouse style, but can be used in any kitchen, as long as the colors allow. Cup pulls and round knobs are some of my favorite cabinet hardware choices, because it’s simple, while also making a statement. The cup pulls and round “Allison” knobs above scream understated sophistication & Souther charm for your kitchen cabinets.

2. Amerock Antique English Lion Drop Pull

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Another member of the Allison Collection, this is an affordable piece of cabinet hardware. The design is unique & memorable. It will give your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity the Old World Charm you’re dying to achieve. Leave them in the Antique English finish, or paint them white as shown above, to bring your kitchen remodel together. This pull could also work with a traditional interior design style in your kitchen or bathroom.

3. Amerock Hardware Brushed Copper Pull & T Knob

Amerock Hardware Brushed Copper Pull T Knob Brushed copper is a very hot finish right now. This finish resembles rose gold and can work with many kitchen design ideas. The brushed copper 16mm Pull from Amerock is in the Chandler collection, and the square knob is from the Mullholand collection. This style works very well with Transitional design. This style is a mixture of contemporary and traditional. This interior design style is supposed to be even more popular this upcoming year. Because of the rectangular shape of the knob, it works very well with the rectangular glass tile mosaic backsplash and glass front kitchen cabinets.

4. Amerock Hardware Vintage Glass Knobs

Amerock-Hardware-Glass-Cabinet-Knobs This has to be a personal favorite of mine, as I am notoriously in love with vintage and shabby chic styles. The glass or crystal cabinet knob is the perfect accessory to give your kitchen or bathroom this look. These are the ultimate in jewelry for your kitchen cabinets. Amerock hardware has several different styles of crystal or glass knobs for your kitchen cabinets, with many different shapes and finishes for the backing of the knob. This style of cabinet hardware can also work well with traditional, farmhouse, or transitional styles.

5. Amerock Hardware Traditional Sash Pull

Amerock-Hardware-Oil-Rubbed-Bronze-Sash-Pull The sash pull is one of the more commonly used styles for kitchen cabinet hardware. It has a very elegant and traditional shape and works well in most styles of kitchens, although it is not commonly seen in contemporary or modern spaces because of the curved aesthetic. Again, the oil rubbed bronze hardware is very popular, and can seem farmhouse or simply traditional. Standard round knobs are usually used in conjunction with these, but you can use them on drawers and cabinets alike.

6. Amerock Hardware Modern Bar Pull

Amerock-Hardware-Modern-Cabinet-Hardware-Contemporary-Bar-Pull Last on our list from Amerock Hardware is the modern or contemporary style bar pull. This bar pull can be found in a number of finishes, but the one shown here is brushed nickel. It comes in short lengths, long lengths and very large sizes as well as smaller. These can be used on drawers and cabinets as well. The sleek lines and straight angles give it the modern vibe and this finish as well as a chrome will coordinate nicely in a contemporary space.
There you have it, our top 6 picks for Amerock Hardware in 2016. While these are our favorite, the possibilities are endless. Visit www.amerock.com for all their knob and pull cabinet hardware styles. Comment with any questions about specific hardware details, or visit us in store in our Louisville, Ky or Newport, Ky locations, which also serves Cincinnati, Oh. Happy Renovation!
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

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