Should You Replace Your Kitchen Appliances When Updating Your Kitchen?

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Our kitchens are the most important rooms in our homes. It is the place where we make our food and so we use it every day usually several times a day. A kitchen forms the heart of any party what with the food and drinks emanating from here for our guests. It therefore needs to be an attractive, welcoming and special place. If you want to invest and remodel only one room in the house then choose the kitchen because it will give you the best value for your money. One important aspect of any kitchen design remodeling is the update of your kitchen appliances. There are several ways you can update your kitchens appliances:

1) Buying new kitchen appliances

Appliances usually take up the king size portion of your budget when remodeling your kitchen. Consider what appliances you already have. What appliances do you use often? If you have less money to replace appliances, the stove and oven should be top on your list. When on a tight budget, you may consider a few updates rather than a whole overhaul of your kitchen design. Check out deals on kitchen appliances and save money.

Advantages

· Updating your old appliances to new energy efficient appliances saves energy, helps saves you money because of low electricity bills and helps you go green which is good for the environment.

Disadvantages

· New appliances are expensive and cost a lot of money.

2) Painting your kitchen appliances

The green alternative is keeping your current appliances. Give your old appliances a brand new look by painting them with appliance paint.

Advantages

· This will save you money.

· You squeeze more value out of your aging appliances.

Disadvantages

· Paint may not work properly with heat; even heat resistant paints have temperature limitations.

3) Peel and stick films

Peal and stick film unlike paint can tolerate high temperatures and you can use it on a variety of kitchen appliances and the counter tops.

Advantages

One advantage of film and paints is because you can change the look of your appliances very easily in the future.

4) Replacement kits for your kitchen appliance

Is your stainless refrigerator showing fingerprints? Is the color of your fridge not matching with the wallpaper of your kitchen? You may want to give an old appliance like a fridge a classic look. Then change the front and sides. Replacement Kits can be bought for your model of appliance. They may include the frame, side panels and top panels for your appliance. The working inner parts will remain unchanged. The appliance manufacturer or even third party kit manufacturer may find a kit in different finishes that fits into your appliance. The cost will depend on the size of your appliance and the finish you want.

Advantages

· Allows you to keep an old appliance for its aesthetic value.

5) Hide or integrate your old appliance

Another alternative is moving your old stove and microwave out of sight of guests peeping into your kitchen.

The old appliances can also be fitted with wood paneling that looks just like the rest of your kitchen. This appliance looks integrated to the rest of your kitchen.

Advantages

· It is cheaper than buying a new appliance.

Disadvantages

· Fully integrating your appliance may limit your customization later.

· When updating your kitchen design, you need to make sure that you have everything right where you want it so that you save time and steps when cooking moving an appliance away does not encourage this.

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