When it comes to kitchen renovations, knowing you need a change is the first step. Maybe you stubbed your toe on a loose tile for the third time this month, or you’re just tired of looking at grubby, stained countertops. Once you’ve started planning for a kitchen renovation, it’s hard to shake the idea.
However, while you may know that you want a change, determining a plan of action can be difficult. It’s easy to dream, but coming up with a design, sourcing a contractor, and making every single design choice on your own can be a challenge, especially for a beginner.
To help inspire your design and help you learn more about how to do it on time and under budget, check out some of these websites and blogs.
1. Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy began as a lifestyle blog back in 2004, and has since expanded to a large company focused on home design and décor content. On the site, you can find tips and tricks, detailed how-to posts, as well as home tours focused on everyday design and renovation projects tackled by readers. It’s fun to drool over curated and professionally designed projects in magazines and on TV, but Apartment Therapy specializes in providing more everyday inspiration, designed and executed by enthusiastic amateurs.
Since they’ve got such a huge backlog of content, the best place to start when you’re looking for inspiration or a tutorial is with their aggregated lists. That way, you can see what’s out there, and narrow down your search accordingly.
2. Daniel Kanter
Daniel Kanter is a young and ambitious interior designer who started his eponymous blog out of his NYC dorm room in 2010. The blog catalogues his various home projects, as he transitioned from living in a tiny Manhattan rental to a huge 1865 Greek Revival home in Kingston, New York. His background as an interior designer gives him a leg up in the planning stages, but he has no formal background in carpentry or construction, and he’s not afraid to be honest about his learning curve.
He has sections on his website cataloguing each renovation, as well as a popular page that hosts all his DIY tutorials, such as How to Build Your Own Vintage-Style Cabinets and DIY Wood Plank Countertops.
3. Young House Love
Another pair of young bloggers who transformed their online page into something both useful and lucrative are Sherry and John from Young House Love. Their blog began back in 2007 as a place for them to document their DIY wedding and home renovation experience.
Since then, they’ve partnered with big brands like Target, and have chronicled the renos of several homes and a duplex, as well as dozens of smaller decorating and renovation projects. They even have a podcast if you’d rather listen on the go.
Their blog is really useful because they have a lot of tutorials and before-and-after comparisons showing exactly what’s possible, even in a limited space like their daughter’s tiny closet.
4. Door 16
Although author Anna Dorfman no longer lives in the home that she spent nine years renovating, her blog Door 16 is a fantastic record of her renovation journey. Door 16 refers to the house number of her most-chronicled home- a late 19th century Victorian row house in Newburgh, New York.
Although the Newburgh row house was perhaps the most impressive house on paper, Dorfman has been through four New York apartments, as well as three homes in New Mexico. Her blog is a fantastic resource if you want to search by specific project. She has lots of ideas for everything from bedroom paint colours to bathroom shower curtains and much more.
5. Vivacious Victorian
If you’re working with an older home, the Vivacious Victorian blog is a great source for both wisdom and inspiration. The blog chronicles the renovation of a massive Victorian home called the Murray Bryant House, originally built in 1902. When buyers Amy and Doug Heavilin first saw it in 2012, the home was a mess of peeling purple, pink, and blue paint, fallen slate tiles, and water-damaged wooden floors. Since then, they’ve been renovating the home and plan on slowly restoring it to its former glory.
Even if you don’t have a Victorian manor you’re looking to spruce up, the DIY projects the Heavilins have documented are valuable to anyone with an older home.
If you’ve already got a specific project in mind, head over to Remodelaholic. This site is full of specific DIY instructions for projects as simple as mounting a TV to building your own computer desk.
If you don’t have an active project on the go, you can search for inspiration by room, craft, or holiday. Many of their tutorials read like a recipe, and are easy to follow, even for beginners.
7. This Old House
This Old House is the elder statesman of home renovation shows. It’s been running on PBS since 1979, and their crew has dozens of house renovation projects under their collective belt. The show, which is in its 41st season, is supported by a fantastic website where you can find home improvement tips sorted into categories like kitchens, attics, lawns, and more.
Within each section, sub-categories make it easy to find specific information like How To & DIY, Planning, and Ideas & Inspiration. If you prefer to explore this content in other ways, they have a newsletter, a podcast, and a YouTube channel full of useful information.
Filled with handy beginners’ guides and other resources, Remodelista is a great source for kitchen renovation inspiration. The site is run by a group of writers and design industry experts, who consider it an online sourcebook for people remodeling or renovating their home.
Along with individual entries cataloguing recent renovations, they have buying guides and product reviews from experts. You can also join their site to be added to their members-only directory of architects and designers working across North America.
The Best Way to Tackle Kitchen Design in Windsor
Now that you’ve found plenty of inspiration, head over to the team at Duby’s Home Centre, who can help bring your vision to life. We love to work with our friends and neighbours from around Essex County to supply the best products for your home renovation. Come visit us today to check out cabinets, plumbing, and flooring for your next kitchen reno.