Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Renovating a kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. Get started with these easy kitchen design ideas. See how this dated condo kitchen was completely transformed with simple and cost-effective cabinet refacing through The Home Depot Canada. Along with new cabinet fronts, switching up hardware and countertops can also instantly update a kitchen without changing the layout. Get inspired by this kitchen before and after.

Before the Kitchen Renovation

Let’s look at the before: A typical ‘90s Whistler condo with dated maple cabinets, but the layout was functional and plumbing didn’t need relocating. The tile flooring and backsplash were showing signs of wear and tear, and the space was dark and unwelcoming. Standard-sized cabinet boxes didn’t maximize storage to the ceiling.

Because the condo is a short-term rental for skiiers, all materials needed to be durable and hard-wearing. And a quick turnaround was important so that they could rent it again as soon as possible. The Home Depot’s partner Renuit will measure, order and install your new cabinet fronts in just 5-6 weeks.

It’s also a small footprint where designer Karla Dreyer applied small kitchen ideas like choosing lighter colours, using the countertop material as the backsplash and extending the cabinets up to the ceiling to draw the eye upwards.

After the Kitchen Renovation

Now let’s look at the after. Renuit replaced the outdated kitchen cabinet fronts and drawers with a classic Shaker option in a matte sage-green colour. A matte finish hides fingerprints and kitchen splatters better than high-gloss cabinets, so they’re perfect for this rental condo. They also added boxes right up to the ceiling for added storage, which also makes the ceiling appear higher. Crown mouldings in the same sage colour lend a high-end, custom look. Renuit can also customize the cabinets to fit new appliances or add different components like drawers and Lazy Susans. They also clad the island in the same sage colour for consistency.

The appliances were swapped out with black stainless steel versions that add a modern feel. Matte black hardware pops against the green cabinets. Swapping out hardware is an easy and affordable way to update the look of a kitchen.

The beautiful Silestone quartz countertops in a suede finish were also used for the backsplash, adding a clean, cohesive look.

Finally, new hard-wearing flooring was installed throughout the entire condo. Light-toned wood planks from OptiWood brighten up the space (especially when paired with darker cabinets), and are actually coated in ceramic, making them durable enough for high-traffic areas.  

Wood accents like pendant lighting and stools add to the earthy tones of the kitchen.

A kitchen renovation can be as easy as that. This space was completely transformed in 6 short weeks. Get the kitchen you’ve always wanted without the hassle and mess of a complete demolition. Draw inspiration from these kitchen renovation ideas, then find everything you need, including expert products and advice, at The Home Depot Canada.

This article was published in partnership with Karla Dreyer Design

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