Inspiration and DIY 3 Small Kitchen Remodeling Projects to Tackle

Photo features Yorkwood Manor in Pecan 6 x 36 field tile.

Photo features Yorkwood Manor in Pecan 6 x 36 field tile.

 
 

3 Small Kitchen Remodeling Projects to Tackle

If your eyes glaze over at the thought of tackling a full kitchen remodeling project, you're in luck. Small changes using tile can go a long way in your favorite cooking, baking, and entertaining space. Pick out what's important to you, stick to a budget, and go forth boldly as your design starts to come together. To keep things simple, choose one of the following three small projects to update your kitchen space.

1. Update Your Backsplash

To create an attention-grabbing focal point, try tiling your kitchen backsplash with stone and metallic mosaics. This tile combination will reflect light, and it will enhance the depth of your decor. Keep in mind that metallic tile creates a dramatic effect, so if there's room in your budget, it's best to extend them across an entire wall.

You could also place colorful glass tiles behind open shelves on your backsplash for an artistic touch that also serves as functional storage space. The reflection of glass tile will also visually expand a small kitchen. Check out the City Lights line for a glittery backsplash that will really pop at nighttime when the lights are low and candles are lit.

Photo features Coastal Keystones Coconut Beach Blend Block Random on backsplash with Keystones Arctic White 2 x 2 mosaic above stove range. Paradise Beach Granite is shown on the countertop.

If you're looking for a more classic backsplash material, it's hard to go wrong with subway tile. It's timeless and has been around for more than 100 years. Subway tile is generally white, glazed, and twice as wide as it is high. Traditional subway tile is 3 inches tall by 6 inches wide, but for a slightly different look, you can select tile that's 4 x 8 inches or 6 x 12 inches. Subway tile is available in an array of colors and finishes, and it can be arranged in various patterns to create a visual punch that can bring new life to your kitchen. What's more, subway tile is stylish, easy to maintain, and can handle daily wear and tear. For a retro-style backsplash, go for a two-tone (black and white, red and black, or pink and black) pattern.

Subway tile also doesn't necessarily need to have a porcelain appearance. Instead, you can choose one that resembles metal or natural stone. You can either choose a tile that coordinates with your kitchen color scheme, or one that adds a pop of color to a beige or brown cooking space. Consider using metallic subway tile in kitchen for an unexpected twist on a traditional look, for example. By choosing tile that's a little different from the expected, you'll be able to successfully add a contemporary flair to your space through your backsplash.

2. Replace Your Countertops

When completing this kitchen remodeling project, consider going with natural stone for your countertop material. For example, unlike traditional countertop materials, granite won't show scratches or wear and tear, which is ideal for families with children who like to help prepare meals. Granite is resilient to heavy use, and it also allows you to get the look of marble without the hefty price tag.

Photo features Delicatos White Granite Slab. Backsplash features Mediterranean Ivory Travertine chair rail, 3/8 x Random accent, and 6 x 6 Tumbled field tile with Fashion Accents Illumini Sand in 5/8 x 5/8 mosaic inserts.

Granite is also a terrific material for a kitchen floor that sees a lot of traffic. Like marble, this long-lasting stone will hold up for years, and with proper care, it's resistant to damage and scratches. While it's easy to clean, seal your granite according to the manufacturer's recommendations for longevity. Granite tile also comes in various colors and sizes. No matter how you use it, it will add flair to your floor.

If you want a more luxurious material, go with marble for your countertops. Marble is known for its trademark heavy veining. It's available in various shades and designs for any decor, and it will last a lifetime with proper care and sealing.

3. Redo Your Floors

When choosing a new flooring material for your kitchen remodeling project, consider going with limestone. With its rustic charm, limestone complements antique furnishings—especially those less than perfect pieces that are ideal in a shabby-chic design. If you're seeking old-fashioned charm, limestone tile is a winner, and it comes in various degrees of hardness. Just have your limestone floor sealed every few years to protect the stone and to ensure that your tile keeps looking new. Limestone can be swept and wiped clean with warm water.

If you're going for a more rustic vibe, you may want to consider going with porcelain tile. The latest technology in tile printing and textures will have you looking twice at the realistic look of these tiles. They have the color variation, grain, and texture you'd expect from wood, with none of the maintenance. They are easy to clean, resistant to scratches, and don't need any special care. You can mop, sweep, or wipe them down with a cloth. Wood-look tiles also resist moisture and mold.

Photo features Yorkwood Manor in Pecan 6 x 36 field tile.

If you're adding tile to your kitchen design, it's the perfect time to also consider adding radiant heat to your kitchen floor. Porcelain tile is an ideal fit for radiant heat, which takes the edge off of those chilly mornings when you walk into the kitchen to start a pot of coffee. Plan your heating system early so you can benefit from the comfort and look of hardwood.

When looking at wood-look tile, consider going with the Forest Park or Season Wood line, which are both suitable for modern or traditional decor. Yorkwood Manor, which resembles reclaimed wood with cracked paint and water stains, would be ideal in a country kitchen with antique appliances, sinks, cabinetry, and artwork. This reclaimed-looking floor will give your kitchen character and vintage charm. These wood tiles resembles wood planks, so you can install them diagonally or in a conventional staggered pattern. And for a completely different rustic look, arrange the wood-look tile in a herringbone pattern. The natural, cozy feel of the warm wood is a natural fit for a kitchen.

If you don't want to take on a whole kitchen remodeling project, consider tackling one of these three smaller updates. Whether you choose to redo your backsplash or floor, you'll be creating a kitchen design that you, your family, and your guests will be able to enjoy for many years.