How to Remodel Your Kitchen During the Pandemic

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Mortgage and Lending with Olympus Labs

Are you one of the millions who are "stuck" at home during the COVID-19 quarantine? Are you one who is not deemed "essential," or perhaps you find yourself working from home? Are you an educator or an employee who hasn't been furloughed? Perhaps you have just a little extra left from your stimulus check after paying a few bills?

Despite the social distancing protocols, places like Lowes and Home Depot have been fairly busy. People are using this time to get many home improvement projects done. Finding ways to keep busy has proven helpful for many to keep their spirits up and anxiety at bay during the pandemic.

One way to keep oneself from plunging into anxiety and depression is to begin a "doable" kitchen remodel. That means starting a remodel that does not require a contractor, a project that can be completed by the homeowner and maybe one of two other family members.

What does this kitchen remodel entail?

Well, it can involve many simple do-it-yourself projects. Often, these can be completed in less than a week.

First, take an inventory of your kitchen. How old are your appliances? Have any appliances been giving you any trouble, needing repairs, etc.? The pandemic has given you the perfect excuse to do just this small project. Furthermore, since it is spring, many appliances will be on sale, so you can save a little money as well as spruce up your kitchen!

You can complete this part of the remodel safely also! Order online and have the company deliver the new appliances to your home. Both Lowe's and Home Depot offer free installation, especially if you order multiple appliances or spend a certain amount of money. They also offer free pick up and disposal of your old appliances. The pandemic is the perfect time to take advantage of these offers, and, if you are not interested in putting a lot of time into a remodel, you can still replace your appliances for a sense of something new in your kitchen.

Why Paint my Kitchen, and What does Painting Involve?

One easy remodel is painting. You can choose to paint your cabinets or your entire kitchen. You can even paint the kitchen walls and then paint the cabinets to match! This part of the remodel will require you to do a little extra work, but it will be oh-so-worth-it!

If you decide you want to paint just your kitchen, then a quick trip to pick up paint and a few other necessary items is all you need to make definitive changes to your space - and you can do this without breaking the bank! You'll need painter's tape, your paint, and some good brushes. Depending upon the size of your kitchen and your budget, this is likely one of the least costly improvements you can make to your space.

What about painting my cabinets?

If you decide to also paint your cabinets , then you can do something as simple as removing the doors and painting them an accent color that matches the color of your kitchen. Another easy trend that many DIY remodelers are trying to spruce up their space is antiquing their cabinets. This off-white and weathered look often matches the current color of the kitchen, and it can offer something new for the homeowner.

Whether you decide to repaint the entire kitchen as well as the cabinets or if you choose to simply refinish your kitchen cabinets, simply putting a new color in one of the most often used rooms in the house can do a lot to brighten your mood and make you feel as if you've accomplished something.

Are there other small projects that I can do without professional help?

A final way that you can change up your kitchen without tearing out the entire work and starting from scratch involves replacing your sink and faucets with new hardware. While you don't need much expertise in order to replace the sink, you might need a little "know-how" when it comes to replacing the faucet or doing any other plumbing work. If this is the case, stick to replacing the sink and hire a plumber for the more intricate work.

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many of us to do a little remodeling in an effort to stay busy during the stay-at-home orders. The aforementioned projects can be completed quickly and they require little skill. Remember, if you are considering tackling a more involved remodel, you might want to wait until you can hire more expert help. However, small projects can help to save your sanity during the pandemic and keep you feeling productive.

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