As part of my seemingly never ending home renovation project, I needed to replace my tired old kitchen. I wanted to try and do so in a way that was as “green” as I could possible make it, while still keeping the wife happy with her shiny new kitchen.
The kitchen is maybe the most vital part of the home, and sometimes it has to be remodeled for better efficiency to repair or replace worn items. A poorly organized kitchen can cause many problems and you will need to work harder to finish your household tasks. On the other side, remodeling your kitchen can be a great way to make your home look better. However, maybe the most important thing is to remodel your kitchen in an eco-friendly and nature-caring way.
Small remodeling projects can change the kitchen in a huge way, as long as you know what to focus on. It’s sometimes a good idea to stretch your budget and investing in energy-efficient kitchen appliances, which will save you money in the long run.
If you are looking to change or upgrade the looks of your kitchen as well as the appliances, then here are a few ideas how you can re-use where possible and take a green approach to your new upgrade.
Reuse old furniture
Instead of throwing the old kitchen furniture away, you should reuse them. You can paint the old dining table or buy inexpensive hardware to breathe new life into your old kitchen decor. You can also sand all doors, drawers and cabinets. And this step is super eco-friendly as you will help to reduce the number of trees being used every year.
Just replace the parts you see
Many times when people replace the kitchen, they replace everything, when in fact the majority of the kitchen is in perfectly good order. To get a kitchen facelift, you may only need to replace the kitchen doors, drawers and handles. You could also possibly change the worktops and possibly tiling and flooring, but you can certainly save money and the environment by keeping the cabinets. If your cabinets are in good order, do yourself a favour and just change the doors and drawers. Look online for a reputable kitchen installer who will be able to help you order the parts that you need for a quick and inexpensive kitchen upgrade, such as this local business here – Quality Kitchen Doors Derby
There’s a plethora of sustainable and eco-flooring materials available for our kitchens. Some popular choices are cork and linoleum. These materials are inexpensive, yet great looking and may last you for a long time if you take care of them. Cork is the bark of the trees, but this part grows back and harvesting this material does not damage the tree. Bamboo is amazingly fast growing, so is fairly easy to replace, and looks great too.
Energy Star appliances
If you are looking for a new appliance in your kitchen, you should only buy the appliances that have Energy Star certification. These products are always the most energy efficient appliances. In some places, homeowners can get a rebate by purchasing the Energy Star products. Even more, they help in curbing the electricity bills, and reduce your energy costs.
VOC free paints
If you are planning to repaint your furniture, or maybe buy a new piece, always make sure you use VOC free paints – or check to see if the furniture itself has been painted with a VOC free paint. VOC free paint is eco-friendly and it’s not based on toxic materials. In most cases you will need three coats of this paint to get the desired colour for your kitchen walls and furniture. It may seem like tedious work, but it’s worth it.
Purchase new furniture carefully
Purchasing new tables and chairs will give your kitchen an instant facelift, but always consider your options twice. Not all furniture is made of eco-friendly materials. Even more, some furniture may release toxic and volatile organic compounds. If you have room in your budget, shop for eco-friendly furniture from trusted companies. And this is an excellent way to give your kitchen an eco friendly facelift, and to show the planet that you care!
Low-flow faucets and purifiers
Maybe the best way to save on water is to use low-flow kitchen taps. These taps use no more than 1.5 gallons of water per minute, which can save you up to 700 gallons of water over the course of one year. If you have concerns about contaminants in your tap water, you can buy a purifier for your kitchen faucet, and enjoy clean water direct from the tap.
The video below shows a family getting an eco friendly kitchen makeover. It has some great ideas that you can check out and maybe try yourself.
So hopefully you can get some inspiration from these ideas. Once you start brainstorming on a project like this, there are endless ways that you can do an enviromentally friendly renovation job.