Tips for Surviving a Kitchen Remodel

kitchen remodelSo you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and remodel your kitchen, congrats! Whether you’ve decided to refinish your cabinets and update your appliances or are gutting your entire kitchen to start from the ground up, the remodeling process is just starting. Living without a kitchen, no matter how short the renovation is for. By preparing your family for your kitchen remodel, the adjustment won’t be as bad and you won’t be eating out for every meal!

1. Set up a separate, temporary kitchen

Setting up a temporary kitchen area in another spot of your house will allow you to still access the appliances you need to cook meals without having to enter the actual kitchen during construction. If you can’t move your current refrigeratorĀ into the space, purchase a mini fridge to house the essentials during the remodel. Another appliance you’ll want to use is a microwave. If you had a built-in one, pick up a cheap option at your local Walmart or Target.

Other items you’ll want to consider:

  • Crockpot
  • Coffeemaker
  • Electric skillet

Be creative! If your remodel is going to be under a week, utilize a mini fridge and plan to cook outside on the grill throughout the week.

2. Stock up on paper plates & plastic utensils

Avoid having to wash the dishes in the bathroom sick by stocking up on paper plates, plastic utensils, paper cups, and water bottles. You can stockpile these items by purchasing them in bulk and you’ll be able to recycle them once you’re finished.

3. Consider your pets

Construction in your home will bring in loud noises and strangers, and some pets aren’t good at dealing with those types of changes. If you know your pet is going to have a hard time adjusting to the new “normal,” consider boarding your pet during the remodel or have a family member/friend watch your beloved pet.

4. Order as much as possible before the remodel

Any type of home renovation can be extremely stressful, especially kitchen remodels. Finalizing all of the details before the project gets started will eliminate unnecessary stress and will help avoid any unnecessary delays. Yes, this means everything from cabinets and countertops to hardware and backsplash.

5. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Renovations are messy and can cause your life to become a little extra hectic. Don’t let that discourage you from this exciting time. Sit back and remember how exciting it is to finally get the kitchen of your dreams and everything else will fall into place.


Interested in refinishing your cabinets? Schedule your appointment with Frankenstein Refinishing today atĀ (508) 544-9800.