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11.07.13

The kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the place where most families spend hours a day cooking meals, cleaning dishes, eating breakfast, or just hanging out. The kitchen is also one of the biggest selling features of a home, with most people getting 93% of their original investment back when they go to sell. You don't have to spend a fortune remodeling your kitchen if you use your money in the right places. Here are some affordable ways to remodel a kitchen.

Refinish the Cabinets

Why spend money on new cabinets when the ones you have function just fine? With cabinet and panel refinishing, you can use what you already have and still get a new look for your kitchen. During this process, the painters will strip away whatever paint or varnish is on the cabinets now and replace it with whatever you like. If you'd like to add new trim or some beadboard to the doors, they can do that for you as well. Just changing the face of the cabinets will make a huge impact in the kitchen, and it will cost a fraction of what you'd pay for new cabinets.

Change out the Hardware

The hardware in your kitchen also makes a big difference in the way it looks. If you have rod iron door handles from centuries ago, you may upgrade to sleek silver ones that match this decade. If the hinges on your cabinet doors are visible, make sure to change those out too. That way you get a cohesive look all the way around.

Replace the Flooring

This part can get expensive, depending on what kind of flooring you buy. The new rage at the moment is 12 inch tile, but that gets pricey very quickly. You could see if a local home improvement store has any tile on clearance in case you can make that work. If not, you could get some laminate flooring that looks like tile for next to nothing. They have come out with innovative new designs that look like the real deal from afar. You may be able to get away with not paying for true tile.

Change the Countertops

Changing the countertops can also be pricey if you want marble, granite, or some other stone like that. You could try using a Formica countertop, which will look real if you polish it out correctly. Some laminate floor products look like marble or granite, and you could easily put those on your counters too. You could even use a peel and stick granite film if you want to.

We like the idea of painting your own granite, which is what the woman did in this video. She did her whole kitchen for less than $100!  Watch the video

The more creative you are with your kitchen remodeling, the less money you will have to spend. Let us know what other ideas you come up with in the comments below.  To request a bid, click here.

 

 

10.09.13

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to celebrate the women in our lives who have survived or avoided this deadly disease. In support of this special part of the year, Ray the Painter is offering $100 off anything over $600. Use this as an excuse to give mom that dream room makeover she's been hinting at for years now. Here are some tips to get started.

New Bedding, Pillows, and Curtains

Depending on the room you make over, you might change out the bedding or pillows to give the room a new look. These will act as your inspiration pieces for the rest of the room. A brown couch can go from boring to modern with the addition of some boldly colored pillows. A basic bed frame can come to life with throw pillows and an elegant comforter. Find matching curtains to tie the look together, and you will have a foundation to build on.

New Paint

The reason we bring up paint second is because you need something to pull the color from. You could go with a basic beige tone, but where is the fun in that? Maybe mom wants a rose colored dressing room or a pastel blue art studio. Use the fabrics you have already chosen to find a color that complements them well. Talk to one of our Oklahoma City painters, and we'll help you pick the right hue for the job.

Accessories

Paint and fabric will make the biggest difference in your room makeover, but it's the accessories that make a room feel special. Artwork, sculptures, rugs, and light fixtures can completely change the way a room is perceived. Most women like to be in rooms that feel full without being cluttered. Be selective in what you buy to accent the room, and don't be afraid to leave a little bit of work for your mom. She'll have fun adding to the amazing space you have created for her, and she'll try to make it her own in no time.

Cancer Affects Everyone

We wanted to end this post with a quick shout-out to all of the cancer survivors in Oklahoma. Ray Wolf, the founder of Ray the Painter, lost his battle with cancer a mere month after being diagnosed with it in 2009. He is no longer here to guide the team, but his lessons are carried on with all of us. He was a remarkable man who left a lasting impression on his community, and his memory will never be forgotten.

As a tribute to Ray's legacy, we want to wish the best for all families who are dealing with the difficulties that cancer brings along. Know that you are not alone in your fight.

If you would like to donate money to support breast cancer research, visit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.