Decorate Kitchen

Ideas, costs, tips and plans - the information you need for a successful Kitchen Decorating project

March 2015

Homeowners have many important questions about their Kitchen Decorating Project. How much will it cost? How long will it take? What problem areas do I need to watch out for? Can I recover my Kitchen Decorating investment when I sell? Can I do some of the work myself? What can I do to make sure that the work is done right?

Costs, materials and best practices for the example Kitchen Decorating project will help you answer these questions. Use this information to develop a budget, bid requirements, hiring contracts and a project plan.

Kitchen Decorating - Project Overview

The approximate costs and value of a typical Kitchen Decorating project are summarized below. Use higher estimates for larger metropolitan areas and the lower estimates where home prices are below the national average. Adjust costs for substitutions or refinements in the last section. For size differences of up to 25%, scale total costs in direct proportion to the size of your project. Use the adjusted costs as a basis for setting a material budget and for comparing contractor bids (if you choose to have a professional perform the work).

Project descriptionPaint cabinet doors and cabinet frames. Install new cabinet hardware. Paint walls. Update sink and plumbing fixtures. Use basic, "contractor" grade materials and average finishing detail.
Project size165 square feet
Material and labor cost$1,215 - $1,418
Material cost$508 - $592
Do-it-yourself assessmentThe typical Kitchen Decorating project can be completed by a moderately skilled do-it-yourselfer; as with any project, high quality Kitchen Decorating requires attention to detail and careful planning.
First year Return on Investment - ROIReturns vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and sensible design choices. A high quality Kitchen Decorating project in an appropriate neighborhood can return as much as 77% - 91% of its initial cost.
First year Return on Investment - ROIResults vary widely and are affected by the range of home prices in your neighborhood, the overall condition of your home and prudent design choices. A typical Kitchen Decorating project completed with good or better quality will return less than 60% of its initial cost.
Green ratingKitchen Decorating projects can incorporate renewable or sustainable resources and environmentally friendly materials.

Kitchen Decorating - Project Plan and Details

The following list includes major work tasks commonly performed during Kitchen Decorating. Use this list to understand the timing and sequence of different steps in the Kitchen Decorating project. Click any Task name for a complete written specifications, FAQs and quality checklist for the task - this essential information will help you control Kitchen Decorating project cost and quality.

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Kitchen Decorating project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

TaskService ProviderTimeDifficultyBasic Cost Range
Define Kitchen DecorKitchen Designer4 to 10 d$531 - $886 per design
Specify MaterialsInterior Designer2 to 15 d$178 - $297
Specify FinishesInterior Designer1 to 2 d$533 - $890
Remove Kitchen FaucetDemolition Laborer1 d$10.08 - $16.84
Remove SinkDemolition Laborer1 d$10.08 - $16.84
Remove Door HardwareDemolition Laborer1 d$3.39 - $5.66 per door
Paint CabinetryPainting Contractor2 dLevel 1 - Basic$3.75 - $6.31 per square foot
Paint Trim MoldingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.23 - $2.10 per linear foot
Paint WallPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.05 - $1.80 per square foot
Paint CeilingPainting Contractor1 to 3 dLevel 2 - Challenging$1.18 - $2.02 per square foot
Replace ReceptacleElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$36 - $61
Replace Electric SwitchElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$43 - $75
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56
Replace Kitchen SinkPlumber1 d$196 - $333
Install Kitchen FaucetPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$216 - $377
Repair Kitchen Sink DrainPlumber1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$83 - $142
Replace Switch PlatesElectrician1 dLevel 2 - Challenging$11.00 - $18.56

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Kitchen Decorating - Proven Ideas and Project Tips

Review these tips, design suggestions, options and lessons learned before finalizing your Kitchen Decorating project plan.

  • To maximize return on the Kitchen Decorating project, limit cost to no more than 1.5% of home's total, post project value
  • For best resale value, select a taste neutral design for your Kitchen Decorating
  • For best home resale value, follow a consistent design and decorating theme throughout the home
  • For best resale value, select components, appliances, finishes and fixtures of comparable quality
  • Install built-in cabinet storage for trash and recycling
  • Mount low profile fixtures underneath wall cabinets for inconspicuous, countertop task lighting
  • Update or restore electrical switches, receptacles and switch plates

Kitchen Decorating Project Guide

Project Plan: Kitchen Decorating

Do you expect to spend more than $250 on your Kitchen Decorating project? If so, it is important create and manage a detailed plan for all project activities.

This FREE homewyse project guide helps you organize Kitchen Decorating project activities, effectively manage milestones and costs - and get quality work at a fair price.


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