Building a better kitchen doesn’t have to break your bank.
In fact, for many homeowners, re-doing a kitchen can be as simple as rearranging the kitchen furniture rather than hiring an expensive contractor to gut it and start anew and come up with those kitchen layout ideas.
When re-arranging your kitchen furniture, you need to take a few things into consideration.
First, how much time do you spend in the kitchen?
Most people think of the living room or the family room as the centerpiece of their home, for family events and for entertaining.
But, upon reflection, many are surprised to learn that they spend the majority of their time in the kitchen
If you fall into this category, re-arrange your kitchen furniture to accommodate larger groups.
Rather than having tables and chairs in the middle of the room, place them off to the side.
An open kitchen creates flow, and even while your mixing up dessert.
Guests can roam freely and socialize.
If breakfast is your thing, look into a diner-style setting.
Many table and chair sets come in this style, which high corners in the kitchen and have one to two benches instead of chairs.
The corner placed unit will open up tons of room in the kitchen and the diner-style theme makes it an attractive and warm place to gather the family in the morning, noon or night to sit around and talk.
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Not only that, but many of these units have storage areas under the benches for games, toys, puzzles, phone books, you name it.
This will clear up space in other kitchen cabinets for some of the items that may be laying on the countertops or taking up valuable drawer space somewhere else in the home.
Many have found that a bar stool setup near a counter will create a relaxed atmosphere for coffee and conversation.
Even if your counter space is limited, if you have an L-shaped area or a corner of a counter where there could be one or two stools, try it out.
Often, many people hesitate when they think of bringing in a chest o drawers or additional storage into the kitchen.
Often, a well placed storage unit, perhaps a corner unit, can provide needed storage and allow you some more room and shelf space for decorating.
Rather than contacting a contractor right out of the gate, look around the home and take stock of the kitchen furniture you currently have.
If more storage is needed, could you solve the problem with a well-placed storage unit rather than redoing all the cabinets or building a pantry?
Some simple preparation can prevent you from spending too much on your kitchen when you already have the necessary kitchen furniture to do the trick.
Get Your Kitchen Furniture From Yard Sales
Want to decorate your kitchen but don’t have a lot of money?
With a little persistence and time, you can find decorative items at yard sales for pennies!
Of course, it will take a bit more work then just walking into your local diy store, but you will spend far less and end up with some unique items that will add interest to your home.
You can find items at yard sales that will go with any kitchen decor.
If your kitchen is decorated in a country style, look for old baskets, chunky old pottery bowls, and pitchers.
Put them above the cabinets for a decorative display or use them on the counters to store fruits or everyday items.
Look for old wooden boxes or silverware trays that you can use as decorative items too – the old wood adds warmth and character to your kitchen.
Yard sale finds are perfect for decorating a retro style kitchen as well.
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You can still find many retro kitchen furniture items from the 1960’s and 70’s in good condition.
Some of these are true collectibles, but most are just fun and decorative.
I always look for old bread boxes, canister sets, salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders, wall clocks and other bric a brac for retro-style kitchens.
If your kitchen has more of a 1940’s look, you might have a harder time finding vintage items of the era, but you can come up with some good finds if you scour the yard sales and dig into those old boxes who knows what kitchen furniture you’ll find.
Kitchens decorated in this era beg for vintage linens: Use them as tablecloths, and display them by hanging from the stove and cupboard handles.
These old linens are stamped with colorful designs and add cheer to any kitchen.
Some of the state map tablecloths are quite collectible and can be very expensive in antique shops, so if you find one of those in your yard sale travels, you have a real gem on your hands!
If you prefer a modern or contemporary kitchen furniture sets, you can find many almost new and gently used items to suit your tastes at every yard sale.
Try hitting the sales in the upscale section of town and you might find some very expensive items for much less than you would pay at retail stores.
You may have to look around a bit to find exactly what you want, but your persistence can pay off big time!
Sometimes you can find valuable antique or collectible decor items at yard sales.
If you find that you gravitate towards collecting a certain type of item like old pottery or vintage linens, it might be worth your while to invest in some reference books on the subject.
That way you will be able to recognize a good piece for your kitchen furniture when you see it.
Who knows, your yard sale find could turn out to be a real winner for your kitchen!