Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen

Ways to Create A Vintage Style Kitchen
Modern, minimalist, sleek kitchen styles are all the rage for many who do renovations for their kitchen but how about going the opposite route for a change? How about going the old, tried and tested route? Take a step back in time and make your kitchen your pathway towards the good old memories of yesteryears.
We’ve got some easy, on-the-budget tips to recreate a vintage vibe for your kitchen.
Use reclaimed materials for design accents 
Do you have access to materials from old buildings? You can use those intricate pieces of wood and metal that are literally from the old world and incorporate them into your new kitchen. For instance, attaching wooden accents you often see on the exterior of mid century buildings right into your new island counter can instantly add a vintage feel to it. This is upcycling at best!
Go for open shelves to display antiques
Do you have an antique collection of crockery handed down to you? Keep the memories of your predecessors alive by having a part of them on full display in the modern times. Maybe in this case, your grandparents had an extensive collection of tableware they gifted to you on your wedding day. Don’t let those treasures go to waste; have them on display in an open shelf in the kitchen. Vintage kitchens are all about maximizing things and having those details on display will easily mimic kitchens of the oldened times.
Pops of color and personality 
Old school kitchens are special in that they have a free spirited charm. There are no rules when it comes to the details you want to welcome to the overall aesthetic. Adorn shelves with interesting items like limited edition collectibles and paint counters, walls, cabinets and even the floor with quirky colors and patterns.
Perfect hardware for instant vintage cabinets  
Cabinets are so dominant in the kitchen that when you achieve the theme you want for it, you can also succeed in having the right vibe for the rest of your kitchen. Now, if you’re aiming for a vintage style kitchen, there are two things you want to do with the cabinets. First, repaint your cabinets in a nice antique stain color. Second, pick the right hardware. Sleek, matt black hardware doesn’t make sense here. Instead, pick handles with brass, copper, or gold materials or even bejeweled accents!
What made you decide to go for a vintage theme for your new kitchen? 

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How to Add Modern Touches to a Traditional Kitchen

You like to modernize your kitchen but you can’t fully commit to saying goodbye to your traditional kitchen just yet. So how do you make this happen? How can you converge both worlds and make it work and not look too forced in your kitchen design? This is actually very possible (and highly encouraged especially when you’re on a budget!)–when you artistically blend contemporary elements into a traditional setting, you’re embracing a juxtaposition that makes for a relaxed yet eclectic space. 

Let the parts of your traditional kitchen remain and have contemporary accessories and hardware add new life into it without dissolving all the culinary memories and all the in-betweens you’ve made throughout the years. 

 

Tie the look of your old furniture with new elements  

Your old cabinets could serve many purposes for your revamped kitchen. You can tie the look to the contemporary vibe by having some similar elements for both sides. If it has space on top, you can add some decorative crockery and other items that are a mix of traditional and contemporary. 

 

Have a cohesive color scheme 

Not everything in the kitchen has to be matchy-matchy and perfect. In fact, there’s a certain charm to having mismatched colors, as long as they belong to the same color scheme and that you’re consistent in following these colors. What’s great about colors like black, brown or white is that they are timeless. They are as loved today as they were back in the days. You can decide on choosing neutral colors that transcend time so you can successfully match both traditional and contemporary elements together. 

 

Don’t be afraid of displaying your vintage collections

 A carefully curated display of eclectic pieces brings a homely feeling to a modern, minimalist area. So take out the china sets and other vintage treasures that have been handed down to you. You can make it work by organizing them in an open shelf with a white backdrop. As you add in the antiques, collectibles and other sentimental hand-me-downs, you will slowly see a vintage, rustic display right in your newly-made contemporary space. 

 

Accessorize your old furniture with contemporary kitchen hardware

Smooth-to-the-touch frosted black handles for a sophisticated finish for your old cupboards, cabinets, drawers and doors? How about brass mushroom knobs? Or artsy rectangle knobs? Yes please! You can add the perfect contemporary touch to your old cabinet fixtures by simply paying more attention to the hardware. This is such an effective yet cost-efficient trick all designers swear by! 

How would you add a more contemporary vibe to your traditional kitchen? 

 

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tap

Considering labor and costs, a kitchen makeover is one of the most ambitious makeovers you can do at home. But that doesn’t mean you need to get intimidated by it. At the end of the day, it’s one of the most overused areas of the house so it does need much attention. There are many ways you can follow to make sure that you do not go over the bank when you

 
Reuse parts of your old kitchen 
 
Anything that’s still working and in fairly good condition can still make its way back to your remodeled kitchen. Why replace when you can reuse? Skipping your purchase of certain appliances or areas of your kitchen can help cut back your costs. By this, we don’t just mean the obvious. This could also imply, say, an old wooden worktop–instead of getting rid of it for good, why not turn it into a new shelf and save on buying new wood?
Refresh your cabinets rather than replacing them 

Cabinets can be so costly, especially when you need them custom-fit. So why replace them when you can simply refresh their look? From repainting, refacing, or changing the hardware, there are various ways you can easily do to change the look of your kitchen cabinets. Because these cabinets take so much part of your kitchen space, giving them a new look can already make a drastic change for the overall appearance of your kitchen.

Consider track lighting 
 
Lighting can drastically change the look of your kitchen–it’s easy to get excited about cool pendants, downlighters, even chandeliers to be incorporated in the interior but these can obviously be pretty costly too. An alternative with the same dramatic lighting effect is track lighting. These are cheaper, easy to install, adjustable, and create the right kind of sophisticated lighting mood that you want. You may want to install it in a spot (say, right above the island counter) that can easily direct multiple spots of your kitchen.
Don’t feel the need that everything has to match 

Who made the rules that the color and pattern of your cabinets need to match with the color of your floors and counters? While a seamless, matchy-match kitchen is satisfying to the eyes, that doesn’t mean that a mix-and-match kitchen isn’t good. When they work visually, like the colors are at the same spectrum, various elements can work together and can give your kitchen its own lively personality. For instance, you’ve done coloring your cabinets a nice shade of peach. Then you’ve run out of the same paint color for your counters. Do you really need to buy more paint? Why not make do with the spare brown pain you already have? Peaches and browns work well. Feel free to add more textures and patterns–the end result is a whimsical kitchen that’s also chic!

What thrifty ways are you excited to try for your kitchen makeover? 

How to Remodel Your Kitchen without Breaking the Bank

From countertops to cabinets, appliances to lighting fixtures, there are just too many things to consider revamping when you want to do a kitchen makeover. That’s why it’s a project that’s often intimidating and hard to follow through. However, with the right budget-saving tips, you can see your kitchen have the upgrade it deserves without ever breaking the bank.

Repainting is a good idea

New paint color for your kitchen walls and surfaces can instantly make your kitchen come alive again. With the right paint, you can slowly decide on your theme. For bright shades, you can go for a summery, vacation house-type of kitchen. For neutral shades, you can go minimal. Bold colors can make your kitchen feel more contemporary and creative. The best part is that repainting is something you can do on your own or with your family members as a form of bonding; no need to ask for an expert’s help to do this. 

 Add greenery

Incorporating greens inside the kitchen can give off a cool and fresh vibe. Display some plants or flowers in a pot, then put them at the center of a counter. Add some hanging plants within the corners of the ceiling. You can even bring your own herb garden inside if possible–have a dedicated corner that’s accessible to sunlight, where the herbs are nicely tucked in cute pots.

Invest in a fabulous faucet

If there’s one part of the kitchen you can put a little money on during this kitchen makeover project, it should be the faucet. It’s practically one of the most used parts of your kitchen and a good investment assures you that you won’t have headaches over it in many years to come. Find one that’s a balance of style and function.

Sand and restain your cabinets, then add new hardware

If your cabinets are still in good shape, why replace them? Cabinets are easily one of the most costly parts of a kitchen makeover, so simply making do with sanding and restaining techniques can make it all feel brand new. Sanding the surfaces can help cover existing scratches and will make a good base for stain colors that instantly lighten up the overall look of the cabinets. Another instant update for your cabinets is changing the hardware. If it feels like the cabinet handles and drawer pulls are something you’d see from the 80s (unless that’s the look you’re going for), maybe it’s time to replace them. There are so many available budget-friendly pulls and handles in various styles out there. 

 

What are you planning to do to improve your kitchen design?

Best Ways to Save Money on Kitchen Designs

Best Ways to Save Money on Kitchen Designs

Considering labor and costs, a kitchen makeover is one of the most ambitious makeovers you can do at home. But that doesn’t mean you need to get intimidated by it. At the end of the day, it’s one of the most overused areas of the house so it does need much attention. There are many ways you can follow to make sure that you do not go over the bank when you 

Reuse parts of your old kitchen 

 

Anything that’s still working and in fairly good condition can still make its way back to your remodeled kitchen. Why replace when you can reuse? Skipping your purchase of certain appliances or areas of your kitchen can help cut back your costs. By this, we don’t just mean the obvious. This could also imply, say, an old wooden worktop–instead of getting rid of it for good, why not turn it into a new shelf and save on buying new wood? 

Refresh your cabinets rather than replacing them 

 

Cabinets can be so costly, especially when you need them custom-fit. So why replace them when you can simply refresh their look? From repainting, refacing, or changing the hardware, there are various ways you can easily do to change the look of your kitchen cabinets. Because these cabinets take so much part of your kitchen space, giving them a new look can already make a drastic change for the overall appearance of your kitchen. 

Consider track lighting 

 

Lighting can drastically change the look of your kitchen–it’s easy to get excited about cool pendants, downlighters, even chandeliers to be incorporated in the interior but these can obviously be pretty costly too. An alternative with the same dramatic lighting effect is track lighting. These are cheaper, easy to install, adjustable, and create the right kind of sophisticated lighting mood that you want. You may want to install it in a spot (say, right above the island counter) that can easily direct multiple spots of your kitchen. 

 

Don’t feel the need that everything has to match 

 

Who made the rules that the color and pattern of your cabinets need to match with the color of your floors and counters? While a seamless, matchy-match kitchen is satisfying to the eyes, that doesn’t mean that a mix-and-match kitchen isn’t good. When they work visually, like the colors are at the same spectrum, various elements can work together and can give your kitchen its own lively personality. For instance, you’ve done coloring your cabinets a nice shade of peach. Then you’ve run out of the same paint color for your counters. Do you really need to buy more paint? Why not make do with the spare brown pain you already have? Peaches and browns work well. Feel free to add more textures and patterns–the end result is a whimsical kitchen that’s also chic! 

 

What thrifty ways are you excited to try for your kitchen makeover? 

How to Place Cabinet Knobs, Handles and Pulls

How to place cabinet knobs, handles, and pulls

Revamping your kitchen today with a little cabinet hardware update? Here are short and easy steps for you to follow. You don’t want to be an expert builder to ace these things!

Who knows, these skills you’ll learn from this might come in handy for other DIY projects too! 

 

How to install kitchen cabinet knobs and handles

First thing you need is a tool they often refer to as a template, which can help you with the dimensions as you install the knobs or handles. The template has hole markings that can guide you where the knobs or handles need to be placed. Simply mount it to the cabinet surface and make pencil markings with the dimensions. You can also use a hardware jig for the same purpose, although a template is much cheaper to buy.  

When deciding on the placement, you need to consider functionality. The knobs or handles obviously need to be easy to reach. It may also vary depending on the cabinet door you are installing it to. For instance, wall cabinet doors often require knobs or handles to be placed in just one corner while base cabinet doors or kitchen drawers have the knobs or handles at the center. 

Next, drill a hole on the markings you did. Standard cabinet hardware screws usually require 5/16″ in size for the right drill bit. Make sure to drill from front to back to leave out as much splintering at the front side as possible. Finally, grab the knob or the handle–hold it at the front side of the door while you tighten the screw at the other side using a handy screwdriver.

If it so happens that you ended up drilling a hole at the wrong position, don’t panic. You can also use a wood filler. Fill up the hole and sand lightly once it dries up. Repaint as needed and in no time, it will look like no damage has been done!   

 

How to install kitchen cabinet pulls 

Using a tape measure, locate the drawer’s horizontal and vertical points. Mark the position you’ve identified. Measure it so that the distance between the mounting holes may be divided by two, then mark the distance on both left and right sides. Next, drill two holes through the front of the drawer (same reason as the knobs and handles–less splinters at the front side of the cabinet door). After holes are made, push the bolts of the pulls through the backside of the drawer, while holding the mount against the bolts. Screw the bolts until they are snug. 

What kind of kitchen cabinet knobs, handles and pulls are you installing? Do you follow a certain theme for your kitchen makeover? 

Best Ways to Upgrade Your Bathroom without Spending a Lot

These days, we've been spending a lot of time at home. Don't you think it's perfect timing to be upgrading the bathroom? While it may seem like it's such a big feat to take on, you've got nothing to worry about. Start small and you'll see big changes slowly coming inside your special personal care space! We've got a few tips for you! Declutter and organize Let's be honest here. If you want to see change in your bathroom, you have to start with decluttering first. Throw away anything that's not needed inside. Organize your toiletries into a corner (perhaps allocate a shelf or a cart for this). For your usual personal care essentials, you can put them in small, uniform containers then keep the original containers with whatever's left out of sight, inside secret cabinets. Add greenery You can never go wrong with plants in the bathroom. They literally add an element of cool and freshness into any space. There are three things you need to consider when choosing a plant for the bathroom: low light, high humidity, and temperature swings. The best low maintenance options you can go for include Bamboo, Bromeliads, Chinese Evergreen, Fern and Philodendron. Install towel racks and hooks Messy towels and clothes scattered all over the bathroom are an eyesore, there's no denying that. Keep everything in order easily by installing a couple more racks and hooks. Don't settle for that one small rack space for everyone's use. Be generous and mount it creatively in your bathroom walls. The trick here is to not overcrowd them in just one area. Distribute the racks and hooks all over the space and leave some open to visually have it look less cluttered. Igrab has great bathroom hooks so if you're looking for easy, high-quality and affordable options, you can check out our site! Change the cabinet hardware Bathroom cabinets should be fully functional and beautifully designed. Repainting is a no-brainer strategy but if you think that's too drastic at the moment, why not pay attention to the cabinet knobs and pulls for now? The small details are key to creating that zen atmosphere too! Get rid of the outdated knobs and pulls and install some modern, functional options which are conveniently available at Igrab too! What elements of your bathroom are you thinking of changing first?

These days, we’ve been spending a lot of time at home. Don’t you think it’s perfect timing to be upgrading the bathroom? While it may seem like it’s such a big feat to take on, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Start small and you’ll see big changes slowly coming inside your special personal care space! We’ve got a few tips for you! 

 

Declutter and organize 

Let’s be honest here. If you want to see change in your bathroom, you have to start with decluttering first. Throw away anything that’s not needed inside. Organize your toiletries into a corner (perhaps allocate a shelf or a cart for this). For your usual personal care essentials, you can put them in small, uniform containers then keep the original containers with whatever’s left out of sight, inside secret cabinets.

 

Add greenery 

You can never go wrong with plants in the bathroom. They literally add an element of cool and freshness into any space. There are three things you need to consider when choosing a plant for the bathroom: low light, high humidity, and temperature swings. The best low maintenance options you can go for include Bamboo, Bromeliads, Chinese Evergreen, Fern and Philodendron. 

 

Install towel racks and hooks 

Messy towels and clothes scattered all over the bathroom are an eyesore, there’s no denying that. Keep everything in order easily by installing a couple more racks and hooks. Don’t settle for that one small rack space for everyone’s use. Be generous and mount it creatively in your bathroom walls. The trick here is to not overcrowd them in just one area. Distribute the racks and hooks all over the space and leave some open to visually have it look less cluttered. Igrab has great bathroom hooks so if you’re looking for easy, high-quality and affordable options, you can check out our site! 

 

Change the cabinet hardware 

Bathroom cabinets should be fully functional and beautifully designed. Repainting is a no-brainer strategy but if you think that’s too drastic at the moment, why not pay attention to the cabinet knobs and pulls for now? The small details are key to creating that zen atmosphere too! Get rid of the outdated knobs and pulls and install some modern, functional options which are conveniently available at Igrab too! 

 

What elements of your bathroom are you thinking of changing first? 

 

Kitchen Tap: How to Choose the Right One?

A quick browse and you’ll see that kitchen taps come in all shapes and sizes. You might be wondering, since when did a more faucet become such a big deal? But there’s actually a poignant reason why there are so many varieties and features to a kitchen tap: because it’s more important, more essential, more overused in the kitchen, than we all tend to think.
Check out these key facts you need to pay attention to!

Consider your budget 

Think about how much you’re willing to spend over a kitchen tap. You might think it’s just another average component of the kitchen, but truth be told, it’s easily one of the most overused items in there. So it’s wise to invest on one that’s of reliable quality. Better to invest on a pricier one than regret having to replace the tap ever so often, don’t you agree?

Get the water pressure right 

You also need to make sure that the water pressure from the tap you’re selecting is compatible with your house’s water outlet. For example, if you have a high-pressure system then it’s safe to say that you’ll have a variety of choices to choose from since most tap models are now designed this way. However, if you live in an older home, most water outlets are only designed for the lower pressure level so you have to look for a kitchen tap that can work well under this condition. It’s best to consult with your plumber first!

Make the style fit  

You don’t want your faucet to look out of place in your kitchen’s overall theme. If your kitchen’s design is more on the modern, contemporary or sleek minimalist side, then go for colors like the trendy matte black or the classic stainless steel. On the flipside, if your kitchen has a more rustic feel to it, you can explore solid brass colors in traditional, nostalgic designs you usually would see on the countryside. The faucet gets some attention in the kitchen so it would work well if it’s a seamless part of the design you’re going for.

Focus on function 

Ultimately, it’s you who knows best what kind of work your kitchen tap will be required to do. Whether it’s mainly for pre-washing of dishes and food ingredients, for cleaning hands before and after the work gets done, as a cleaning aid for the whole kitchen, or as a source of drinking water, your kitchen tap is functioning in a lot of ways. That’s why when you’re choosing a new kitchen tap, you should think about what you’re using it for the most. For example, if frequent cleaning makes you feel satisfied (good for you!), maybe it’s great to invest in taps with those very efficient pull-out spray–it makes the job of cleaning up so much easier!
What kind of factors are you looking for before you decide on the perfect kitchen tap?

Ways to Organize Your Cupboard and Cabinets

Ways to organise your cupboard and cabinets
Without a specific organising system, your kitchen cupboards and cabinets can end up looking like a jumbled mess. Learn how to solve some of the most common kitchen cabinet problems with these easy solutions.
Organise by zones
When you organize by zones, you want try to group similar objects together and keep them close to the place where you’ll be using them. If you’re just getting started with this method of organization, you may need to reorganize some of your kitchen storage from existing cabinets. Depending on your kitchen layout and cupboard storage options, you may have to make a few exceptions, but this is generally the most functional way to organize the space.
Do color coordination 

Arranging your stuff according to their color is one of the ways to organised your closet or wardrobe. Not only it’s functional but it also soothing when your items in the closet or wardrobe are  color-coordinated.

Install an organiser in the corner
 
Small items can easily disappear into the depths of cabinets so to keep them in sight and accessible, you can add a corner kitchen organiser like a multi-tier lazy Susan insert. If you don’t need another storage, you can insert a trash bin instead to make use of that free space.
Always have room for jars 
You can easily organise your dry goods by storing them inside jars and canisters. Not only can you create uniformity in your pantry storage this way, but you can also see at a glance where your usual items are stashed. Arranging these jars on display on open shelves can also give your kitchen a rustic look.
Alternate between closed and exposed 
Your favourite and most presentable pieces should be placed on open shelves and cubbies (if you have any), while the less attractive pieces should be hidden away in the cabinets.
Ready to overhaul your kitchen cabinets and cupboards? An easy way to add new life to them is to change the hardware like knobs or pulls. Check out IGrab’s collection to get an idea of modern and sophisticated designs you can incorporate in your kitchen!