Ah, the kitchen. It' a place we spend a lot of our time cooking, eating, cleaning up, and spending time with family and friends. It's a room in our homes that should be as stylish and functional as we'd like it to be. If your home kitchen is outdated or just not your style, why not consider trying your hand at a DIY kitchen remodel project?
Prepping for Your DIY Kitchen Remodel
Of course, you're going to need a variety of tools and materials for your DIY kitchen remodel, but first you'll want to get your kitchen remodel ideas together so that you can narrow down what exactly you'll need to get the job done. For your new kitchen, you'll want to consider the following:
- Pipes and Wiring: Before beginning any major DIY renovation, you'll always want to make note of where electrical wiring and plumbing are located in the room you're working on.
- Scope of Project: Are you doing a full kitchen remodel or just replacing cabinets? This is something you'll want to consider before moving forward.
- Color Scheme: When it comes to the design aspect of your DIY kitchen project, a color scheme is kind of a big deal. Nailing down a theme for color in your kitchen will help you decide what tiles, flooring, paint, appliances, and more that you'll need.
Creating a Kitchen Remodel Checklist
Home renovation projects can cost a pretty penny, but fortunately for you, we offer a variety of tools that you can rent instead of having to buy for your remodel. As we stated in our previous blog about DIY bathroom renovations, there are certain tools and materials that are inexpensive and worth having on hand at all times. These include:
- Tape measure
- Safety goggles
- Safety mask
- Stud finder
- Utility knife
- Extension cord
- Caulk with caulking gun
- Spackle with spackle knife
For your kitchen renovation project, you'll need to rent the following tools from Rent-A-Tool:
Table Saw: Rent a table saw from Rent-A-Tool to help you build your own kitchen cabinets!
Mitre Saw: Another one of the home renovation tools you can rent through Rent-A-Tool is a mitre saw. A mitre saw is used for angled cuts on cabinets and cornice moldings.
Tile Saw: If you're planning on cutting your own kitchen tiles for your floor or backsplash, then you will want to rent one of our tile saws.
Reciprocating Saw: Also known as a Sawzall, this tool is always a good choice to have on hand for demolition and remodeling.
Drills: Rent-A-Tool offers a variety of drill rentals including electric drills and hand drills that may be used for your DIY kitchen remodel.
Appliance Dolly: Removing and/or installing new appliances on your own? An appliance dolly will come in handy for moving those heavy machines in and out of your kitchen.
Dehumidifier: If you're going to be removing appliances and pipes, then you may want to think about renting a dehumidifier. This tool will be helpful in removing excess moisture from your kitchen.
Nailer: At Rent-A-Tool, we have an array of nailers to choose from that will help make your kitchen remodeling project a lot easier.
Carpenters Level: Be sure that your custom made kitchen cabinets are level with one of our carpenters levels.
We also offer a ton of other home renovation tools that may be useful depending on what your DIY project involves.
Steps for How to Remodel a Kitchen
Now that we have our kitchen remodel checklist narrowed down, let's move on to learning how to remodel a kitchen.
Step 1: Demolition
The first step in your DIY kitchen remodel project is the demolition stage. During this stage, you'll carefully remove anything in your existing kitchen that you don't want to keep or plan to replace. This can include appliances, cabinets, walls, lighting, flooring, tiles, and more. If you need to remove anything electrical, hire someone who is experienced or make sure to turn off the electricity before doing this part yourself. Same when it comes to the plumbing; always be sure to turn the water off before starting your demolition.
Step 2: Electrical and Plumbing
If you're an experienced DIYer, then you may be able to complete this step yourself, but we always recommend hiring a professional for anything that has to do with plumbing or electric. During this second step, you'll be deciding where to put electrical outlets for appliances as well as pipes for your sink. This step could also include the framing for new additions such as closets, an island, or an expansion to the kitchen itself. While outsourcing this step may be a little pricey, it will end up saving you money in the long run since you shouldn't have to fix any issues that may be caused by installing these things by yourself.
Step 3: Walls, Doors, and Windows
After you've completed step 2 and have had the work inspected, then it's time to hang drywall and complete the walls of your kitchen. Once you've completed hanging the drywall, then you can add and insulate any new doors or windows that you may be including in your kitchen. If you're not changing the layout of your kitchen, then you may not need to do anything after hanging the drywall in terms of doors and windows.
Step 4: Trim, Cabinets, and Fixtures
At the beginning of this step, you'll want to make sure that you have your trim installed. Installing trim beforehand will make putting in your cabinets easier and more precise. Once trim is added, then you can work on installing your new cabinets as well as countertops. During this time, you should also add your new sink and other plumbing fixtures.
Step 5: Appliances and Lights
Once cabinets and plumbing fixtures have been added, then it's time for appliances to be installed. Any and all appliances should be installed at this point, including microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, and specialty items such as wine chillers. Then, add any light fixtures you want to have in your new kitchen.
Step 6: Flooring
The final step in your kitchen remodel project is to install your new flooring. Whether you're using tiles, laminate, or another type of flooring, now's the time to tie the entire room together with your choice of floor style.
And that's it! While the steps aren't as simple as writing them down on paper, taking on a DIY kitchen remodel isn't impossible.
Are you ready to start your kitchen remodel? Visit our equipment rental page to find the tools you need and save yourself some time and money!
If you decide to take the plunge (heh, see what we did there?) into a DIY bathroom renovation, remember to visit our equipment rental page to help you save yourself some stress and money while keeping the project fulfilling and fun for all involved!