How to Refresh your Kitchen, Part 2: The Importance of Measuring!

by DIY Maven

How to Refresh your Kitchen, Part 2: The Importance of Measuring!

Okay, so now that we have our inspiration folders completed, we can get down to work with our tape measures. Measuring sounds easy enough. You feed out your measuring tape, measure the dimensions of your kitchen and you’re done, right? Wrong. There’s much more to it than that, and it’s a lesson you don’t want to learn when you’re at the store about to smack down a wad of cash on a big ticket item. So, to make it MUCH easier for all of us, here’s a handy measuring chart from IKEA:

created at: 06/01/2010

DON’T forget these measurements as well:

created at: 06/01/2010

  • Floor to ceiling
  • Distance between walls
  • From the corners to the doors
  • The size of the doors and windows
  • The height and distance of the windows from the floor, ceiling and corners

If you’re a renter:

Measure the space above your sink and counters. This will aid in maximizing your storage space by adding additional wall storage.

Tomorrow’s Kitchen Refresh installment: Layout & Kitchen Cabinetry!

 

 

 

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How To: Get Intimate With Your Kitchen

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/23/08

One way to experience intimacy with your kitchen is to patch holes, prime and paint.  It's the only time your head is literally up in the corner of the walls and ceiling and skimming the floor while you do the painting cut-in work down at the baseboards.  There's no getting around the familiarity after discovering the waves and warps of drywall, hairline cracks at the ceiling line and a little too much gap between the baseboard and wallboard. You discover these endearing qualities of your kitchen after spending long hours together.  Once you know its strengths and weaknesses, you know you'll be able to bring out the best in your kitchen. 

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