5 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Kitchen

Any kitchen redesign that you undertake in your home should be in place to improve both the looks and functionality. The kitchen is such a central space and you are likely to spend loads of time both cooking and enjoying your spare time there. It is vital that you avoid making silly mistakes with your kitchen renovation. This can easily occur if you base your design purely on looks, are worried about the kitchen remodel cost or simply don’t give it the required thought then you can easily fall into some of these mistakes.

Mistake #1: An Off-Center Doorway

If you are placing your door to the room in the center and have the idea of making this beautiful, symmetrical and even a specific design feature, you need to make sure it is perfectly centered. Measuring up beforehand is absolutely vital and if you have any inkling at all that something is not quite where you planned for it to be then you should get it looked at. Bust out the tape measure and check.

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Mistake #2: Bad Fridge Placement

The fridge is always going to be one of the most vital aspects of your kitchen. Whether you’re cooking or just making a coffee, you will want to be able to quickly grab things from the kitchen. If it is poorly placed and inaccessible then this can quickly make you very frustrated. There is no need for this, if you think it through. Your fridge should be easy to just grab a snack from, preferably at head height or chest height, and also easy to take ingredients to any food prep areas. It shouldn’t be in the way, but the fridge should be a focal point.

Mistake #3: Barely There Lights

There are lots of different options for lighting in the kitchen and some are very stylish. Lights above kitchen islands or smaller strip lights are very popular. This is fine, and a little bit of expression with your lights can really bring your kitchen to life, but make sure you have enough lighting! The kitchen needs to be somewhere you can clearly see as well as looking good.

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Mistake #4: Incorrectly fixed cabinets

The cabinets are another of the main components to consider when you are looking to redesign your kitchen. Whether you opt for cabinet repair or refinishing kitchen cabinets in order to make them look new, or you are going for a brand new look with your cabinets, it is important to ensure they’re all properly fitted. As well as the cabinets looking good and being easy enough to open and close, you need to make sure they are not obstructive. Cabinets which are fixed in a way that they will open out and be in the way of your movement, or two cabinets getting in the way of each other, will suddenly make your kitchen look very amateurish.


Mistake #5: Repainting. Twice.

Painting is probably a big part of your kitchen redesign. If you are painting with a lighter shade then it can very quickly start to become noticeable if there are any chips or imperfections in your paint job. A lot of people think it is suitable to just quickly and easily run a paint roller over it, but this won’t do the job in a lot of cases. It is vital that you think about how you are going to paint and whether things like primers are required. If the area is likely to see a lot of water you will need waterproof paint so that it doesn’t instantly come off when it comes into contact.

There isn’t a lot more frustrating than constantly having to repaint. Doing the job properly the first time can make sure your renovation lasts and you don’t have to revisit it in a year or two (or even sooner).


When you are looking to get your home renovated, whether doing the job yourself or working with professionals, it is so important that you make sure you don’t slip into the pitfalls. It is easy to make mistakes that can lead to a waste of time and money. Avoid the errors above and you’ll be a long way towards your perfect kitchen.

Owen is a customer experience manager at Majestic Cabinets. Having several years of experience in the home improvement field, Owen is keen on sharing his knowledge and secrets with others. Doesn't matter if you’re a homeowner with little to no knowledge in the field or an experienced contractor, you can always learn something new and interesting from his stories. Owen hopes that his articles will give you a bit of insight on home improvement.