Simple Living Blog

Add value to your kitchen with these DIY tips

Add value to your kitchen with these DIY tips

Are you interested in redesigning your kitchen, but not looking for a full remodeling project?

These small DIY changes in your kitchen are great ways to add even more the value to your home.

Let’s see the list!


What everyone should know before remodeling a kitchen

What everyone should know before remodeling a kitchen

Having your kitchen gutted and remodeled comes with a considerable amount of stress, so it is no wonder that homeowners like to know what exactly to expect throughout the process.

It takes a lot of patience to go through such a long, and often messy home renovation project, so it is best to prepare yourself mentally.

While unforeseen events can occur anytime, here is what you might expect before, during, and after your remodel.


How to properly maintain your painted kitchen cabinets

How to properly maintain your painted kitchen cabinets

Regular maintenance is the key to a longer lifespan when it comes to painted kitchen cabinetry.

Just think about it: kitchen cabinets usually have to withstand a high level of physical and chemical impact, including steam, oil, higher humidity levels and all sorts of detergents.

These are the most common things that can really speed up the aging process of any type of wood, so we have to protect them as much as we can.

There are many methods to keep the wood protected, lamination being the most popular of all, but what if you want something else?

Painting furniture is one of the most ancient ways to protect wood from external effects and we have to admit, there is some kind of beauty in it.

And here is the next and most important question: how can we properly maintain painted kitchen cabinets?


Add more functionality to your small kitchen within the same footprint

Add more functionality to your small kitchen within the same footprint

Not everyone is blessed with a spacious kitchen, but it certainly doesn’t mean that smaller kitchens can’t be functional and stylish.

You don’t necessarily have to break down walls or completely reorganize your kitchen space to make your ideas work.

With the help of an experienced contractor, and some smart storage ideas, you can optimize your cabinet space and create a practical and comfortable kitchen that can serve all your needs, regardless of the space available.

So let’s see how you can add extra functionality to your small kitchen without enlarging its footprint!


5 simple tips to make budgeting for your kitchen remodel easier

5 simple tips to make budgeting for your kitchen remodel easier

A kitchen remodel takes a lot of planning, and can be a strain on your resources too.

First, you have to decide what exactly you want your new kitchen to look like:

  • What materials you want your cabinets and countertops to be made of?
  • Do you want to change the layout of your space?
  • Do you want to change the flooring too?
  • Do you need to take care of old plumbing, electrical wiring and mold damage?

All these factors can drastically influence the price range of your kitchen project and cause some unpleasant surprises.

We want your remodel to go flawlessly, and without any financial struggle, so we’ve collected some tips to make budgeting a little bit easier.


How long does a kitchen remodel really take?

How long does a kitchen remodel really take?

Good work takes time, and so does a professional kitchen remodel.

Depending on the scope of the project, a remodel can take anywhere between 2 weeks and several months.

We know it sounds like a long time, but it’s something that you really shouldn’t rush.

We’ve noticed that some homeowners may have unrealistic expectations about how long a kitchen remodel really takes.

To spare you from any disappointment concerning your future project, here’s our little guide to how long an average kitchen remodel takes, and what unexpected circumstances can delay the completion of your remodel.


The Most Common Mistakes During Kitchen Remodels and How You Can Avoid Them

The Most Common Mistakes During Kitchen Remodels and How You Can Avoid Them

Kitchen remodels provide a fun and exciting way to bring some change into your home while preserving the essence of it – or completely turn it upside down.

The choice is always yours.

Regardless of the type and scope of a kitchen remodel, they are always a great undertaking, and unfortunately, a lot could go wrong if the process is not well thought-out.

That is why we have collected a list of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes we have seen over almost 20 years.

Let’s dive in!


Oak kitchen cabinets are here to stay

Oak kitchen cabinets are here to stay

Oak wood kitchen cabinets with cathedral arch doors were a huge trend in the late 80s and the 90s, and while this specific style may have gone out of fashion, oak cabinets definitely haven’t.

Its durability, versatility and color variations make oak a suitable and popular material for cabinet making even in more recent years, and you don’t need to worry about your oak kitchen cabinets getting outdated as they’re fairly easy to update using a variety of stains and even paints.

Let’s see some of the main benefits of using this valuable hardwood!


What makes cherry wood so special?

What makes cherry wood so special?

Ever wondered which wood species would be the most ideal choice for your new kitchen cabinets?

There are so many stylish options to choose from that it’s not surprising that you might get a little bit hesitant when it comes to the final choice.

Worry not, we are here to help you make that decision!

Let us introduce you to a colorful and versatile hardwood option that will look great in any kitchen - cherry wood!

Whether you want a modern, transitional or shaker style kitchen, cherry wood is a perfect material for your kitchen cabinets.


Rustic or modern, alder wood cabinets suit any kitchen style

Rustic or modern, alder wood cabinets suit any kitchen style

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen but don’t know where to start?

The first and possibly most important step of any kitchen remodel is to choose the perfect materials for your cabinets, countertops and kitchen islands.

We know that deciding on the materials is not easy and requires a lot of research to know all the pros and cons of using different wood species. That’s exactly why we decided to create this short guide for you about one of the most popular cabinet materials – alder wood.

Let’s see what alder wood can offer for you and your home!


Upgrade your kitchen with a simple element: Maple Wood Cabinets

Upgrade your kitchen with a simple element: Maple Wood Cabinets

Whether you’re designing your dream kitchen for your new home, or remodeling your current kitchen, it is essential to choose the right wood species for your cabinets. Selecting good quality material can completely change your kitchen’s aesthetics.

If you’re looking for a versatile, durable material that can accommodate various cabinet styles, maple wood might just be the best choice for you.

Here’s what you need to know about maple wood cabinets.


PureStyle cabinet designs for a fuss-free kitchen remodel

PureStyle cabinet designs for a fuss-free kitchen remodel

There are certain conditions under which it is safer to use MDF (medium density fiberboard) cabinets instead of wood.

Just to give you a few examples:

  • high humidity in your kitchen can damage wood cabinetry, and you wouldn’t want to see your precious (and often pricey) cabinets’ condition rapidly deteriorating.
  • excess moisture in the air may cause the wood to expand or warp, which can result in cracks appearing on the surface of your cabinets.

Luckily, there are various other options to choose from if you know that the humidity level in the kitchen is not suitable for wooden cabinets, and probably the best and most durable option is PureStyle.


Specialty laminate – the perfect solution for a modern kitchen

Specialty laminate – the perfect solution for a modern kitchen

Do you like contemporary design?

Then it’s time to show off your fantastic taste and passion for modern solutions in your kitchen!

Specialty laminate cabinets offer you a great variety of door styles and finishes – you really just have to mix and match to give your kitchen a personalized touch.

With a bit of creativity and our high-quality products, you can turn your kitchen into a spot in your house where everyone will enjoy spending their time.


Give your bath some personality with maple vanity cabinets

Give your bath some personality with maple vanity cabinets

When it comes to renovations and remodeling most homeowners start with upgrading their kitchen, but the bathroom shouldn’t be overlooked either!

Why not transform your bathroom into a sanctuary of relaxation and luxury?

The tiles, countertops and backsplashes you use as well as the style of your bathroom vanity cabinets can play a very significant role in achieving this, therefore, it’s important to make sure you select only the best-quality materials.

How to achieve that sanctuary vibe in your bathroom?

Choose finely crafted maple wood cabinetry, we promise you won’t regret it!


How to give your bathroom a distinctive look

How to give your bathroom a distinctive look

A full home renovation is a lot of work, and there are way too many details to pay attention to.

Finding the right furniture, the perfect wall paint, doors and windows, and the most ideal kitchen cabinets and countertops takes quite a bit of effort. You may even feel like it’s all too much to handle.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that a lot of homeowners tend to put minimal effort into styling the bathroom.

The good news is, you don’t need to give up on elegance in your bath either!


The perfect laundry room cabinets to keep your home clutter-free

The perfect laundry room cabinets to keep your home clutter-free

Having a separate laundry room can not only save you some space in your bathroom or bedroom, but can also make your chores less of a daily struggle.

While it’s an essential part of a family house, many homeowners still tend to neglect their laundry room; with a little bit of thought and effort put into your laundry room construction and furniture, you can create a space that’s not only highly functional but at the same time also highly aesthetic.

If you are unsure about what kind of materials to use for your laundry room cabinets, we have a suggestion for you – use cherry wood!


Take your home to a new level: add maple cabinets to the laundry room

Take your home to a new level: add maple cabinets to the laundry room

Having your laundry room neatly organized should not be considered as a luxury anymore: with a smart laundry room design you can make regular household chores much easier and absolutely painless.

In the end, you might even start enjoying all the washing, drying and folding…

Our maple laundry room cabinets are a great solution for smart organizing with ample storage for all your clothes, detergents, and will provide plenty of countertop space for folding.


Contemporary cabinets for a kitchen that exudes class

Contemporary cabinets for a kitchen that exudes class

A contemporary home needs a contemporary kitchen, but what exactly do you need to keep in mind to get one?

First things first, let’s define what contemporary style means.

Contemporary doesn’t necessarily mean modern; it simply stands for the current prevalent trends in design and decor.

As a contemporary kitchen can blend various styles together, you can effortlessly mix and match all your favorite design elements.


Rustic kitchen designs and why we adore them so much

Rustic kitchen designs and why we adore them so much

You don’t have to live in the countryside to have a warm, cozy and rustic feeling in your home.

In fact, there are many simple elements with which you can achieve a vintage farmhouse look even if you own an apartment in a bustling city: natural materials such as wood or stone, shiplap walls, exposed beams and artificially distressed furniture can all contribute to the rustic look that more and more homeowners are seeking.

Sometimes all you need to do is go to a flea market or a vintage sale to find your ideal furniture, but other times you may not be able to find the perfect pieces for your dream home.

That’s when we come into the picture to offer you premium quality rustic style kitchen cabinets.


Elegant, luxurious and functional: traditional kitchen cabinets

Elegant, luxurious and functional: traditional kitchen cabinets

Intriguing details and old time elegance – that’s just one way to describe traditional-style kitchen furniture.

If you’ve ever stepped into a traditional kitchen, you know exactly how charming and exclusive those beautiful carved cabinets, arches and rich wood tones can look.

No wonder that in spite of the rising popularity of transitional and contemporary kitchens, many homeowners still favor traditional design.

Traditional” in this sense doesn’t mean that your home has to look like an flashy 18th century French mansion; in fact, behind all those details and ornaments in traditional-style kitchens lies functionality and a sort of purity.

Let’s dive into why traditional kitchen cabinets can be a perfect choice even for modern homes!


Get the best of both worlds with a transitional kitchen design

Get the best of both worlds with a transitional kitchen design

Transitional style has been the most popular kitchen design trend in recent years, and it’s expected to remain so in the upcoming years too.

Looking at this cozy transitional kitchen in the picture above, it is no wonder why: the elegant, modest Shaker cabinets are in a spectacular contrast with the kitchen island’s splash of deep green color, and the glossy white surface of the waterfall countertop.

All this is topped off with a refined mosaic backsplash and modern lighting fixtures to create a stylish ambivalence that’s traditional, but at the same time contemporary.

The greatest thing about transitional style kitchens is that they leave you plenty of room for experimenting with new colors, textures and ideas, so you don’t need to pigeonhole your kitchen as being one definite style.

Even though all transitional kitchens are different - basically it’s almost impossible to create two identical transitional kitchens – there are certain elements that all these kitchens might have in common.

So, let’s see what sets them apart from traditional and contemporary kitchens.