Superior Stone is Phoenix’s premier supplier and installer of kitchen and bathroom cabinets. We have a wide variety of cabinet styles, colors, and variations available, and we offer professional installation throughout the Valley. Get started on your remodeling project by calling us for a free in-home estimate, or by stopping by our centrally located showroom here in the Valley.
If you have kitchen cabinets in your home right now, they are being protected by varnish. Kitchen cabinet varnish is a specially formulated protective topcoat layer that protects cabinets from stains and wear-and-tear. When applied correctly by a professional to newly installed cabinets, bathroom and kitchen cabinet varnish can guard your cabinets for many years to come.
In this article, we’ll review how varnish works, the different types of varnishes out there, and why it makes sense to have a professional install your new bathroom and kitchen cabinets here in Phoenix, Arizona.
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What is a kitchen cabinet varnish?
Kitchen cabinet varnish is a protective, sealing layer that protects the cabinet surface from stains, nicks, heat damage, and other types of common kitchen wear-and-tear. All cabinets should have some type of varnish added to them to keep them looking great for the long haul. However, the type of varnish used greatly depends on the nature of the cabinet and its paint.
Different types of varnishes
Varnishes provide a protective coating to the kitchen cabinet. Many different types of varnishes can be applied on the kitchen cabinetry. All the different types of varnishes can be grouped into two types: oil-based and water-based.
Traditionally, varnishes were made of oil and resin. These varnishes create a hard and resistant surface once they have dried. Oil-based varnishes, on the other hand, are more durable than water-based varnishes. However, water-based varnishes dry more quickly after application. Also, they have a low odor level, which is important if applying inside the home.
Today, most manufacturers either apply polyurethane or catalyzed varnishes. Polyurethane varnishes can be used on both unfinished and painted surfaces. They can be either water- or oil-based.
Applying a varnish
Applying the varnish on the wood is, in effect, sealing it with plastic. The plastic is tough that creates an impenetrable barrier on the surface. They tend to create a glossier finish to the kitchen cabinet. The varnish makes the surface super resistant to water and chemicals. You can select satin, low-gloss, or high gloss finishes.
Catalyzed varnishes contain a catalyst that accelerates the drying process after application. The fast acting varnishes are harder, more durable, and boast of improved corrosion resistance. They are transparent and protect the wood from damage due to cleaners and household chemicals.
The kitchen cabinets on which catalyzed varnishes are applied retain the sheen and original paint color. It is more expensive than lacquer but also more elastic that provides remedy against expansion and contraction of the joints.
So, how do you decide what type of kitchen cabinet varnish is right for your home?
Experts state that a person should consider different factors when selecting a varnish for the kitchen cabinet. There is no one type of varnish that is best for every cabinet. Some of the factors that you need to consider include the presence of excess moisture, exposure to airborne pollutants, presence of excess natural light, UV exposure, drying time, durability requirement, and finished appearance.
Painting kitchen cabinets and adding a varnish can be complicated. There are many steps, the process is time-consuming, and the margin for error is relatively small.
That’s what makes professional installation and an in-home estimate a good choice.
Call us at Superior Stone & Cabinet
If you’re still confused about which varnish is best for your kitchen cabinet, you should contact our professional team at Superior Stone and Cabinet.
We have a team of experts who can guide you in making the right decision regarding kitchen cabinet varnish. We can also help you in selecting a new kitchen cabinet that best source your budget and preferences.
Contact us today for a free in-home estimation for the installation of kitchen cabinets.
Buying new cabinets is a great way to invest in your home, but the costs can really add up. One way to save on your cabinet installation is to purchase and install your own knobs or pulls. By drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll not only save, but be able to fully customize the look and visual appeal of your cabinets.
Start with new cabinets installed by Superior
Obviously, to start, you’ll need cabinets. That’s where we come in. Superior Stone & Cabinet is one of the largest suppliers of kitchen and bathroom cabinets in the Phoenix metro area. Learn more about our cabinets and see the styles and colors we have available.
What are knobs and pull handles, and why do they matter?
In this article, we use the word “hardware” to describe the knobs and pull handles commonly found on the front of kitchen cabinets as a mechanism for opening the cabinet. Here’s an example of some cabinet hardware. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider adding hardware to your cabinets.
First, they extend the life of your cabinet finish by helping the wood avoid oils and chemicals from human contact.
Second, they’re a must when you have full overlay doors and drawer fronts.
Finally, they look fantastic and can take any kitchen from just so-so to truly outstanding. If you want your guests to stand and stare in awe of your new kitchen, customized or high-quality knobs and pull handles are the way to go.
Of course, you might also want to consider pairing your cabinet knobs and pull handles with other cabinet storage options.
Step #1: Examine your cabinets and pick the right hardware
When choosing your new hardware, make sure you examine your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Start by measuring the width of the flat areas on your doors and drawer fronts.
Some kitchen layouts have some very small doors or drawer fronts that wide handles may not fit on. You need to pick your hardware—that is, the actual knob or pull handle—based on the width of the smallest door or drawer you have.
Also, pay attention to how flat the area is where the base of the knob or pull will sit. Some hardware have really wide bases that—depending on the detailing on your calendar—may not fit.
Step #2: Make sure you have the right screws for the job
Finally, remember to check if the hardware you are going to buy has longer screws for the drawers. Most hardware only comes with smaller 1-inch screws for the doors. So, measure the thickness of the cabinet doors and drawer fronts—including the drawer box—to determine you are getting the right screws.
If the screws you have are too long or too short, you can find suitable replacements at any home improvement store.
Step #3: Figure out where you need to drill
The are two ways to figure out where you need to drill holes for installing the hardware:
- Measuring every door and drawer. As you might expect, this can take a while, especially if you live by a “measure twice, cut once” mentality (which you should, especially when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time!)
- Using a jig from the hardware store as a template. This is much faster and easier, but you’ll need to decide which holes in the template to use for the specific hardware you’ve selected. When in doubt, ask the folks at the local hardware store.
If you decide to measure manually:
Measure the width of the side rail of the door—including the detail—and divide that in half to find the center. If you are unsure about your math, measure the opposite way after you mark it to double-check your accuracy.
You can do the same vertically. Of course, pull handles and knobs on the pull-out drawers should be in the exact center of the drawer. But, for the rest of your cabinets, you’ll have to decide the vertical placement of the hardware. The standard is 3″ up the upper doors and 3″ down on the base doors.
Step #4: Drilling the cabinet fronts
Make sure that you open the door during the drilling process to ensure that you don’t end up drilling the wrong side of the door and so you don’t drill into the frame of the cabinet behind the door.
Once you drill the first holes, then you can find out which holes in the template line up the best. You may have to drill your own hole in the template. For the rest of the doors, mark the holes on the door with a pencil using the template.
Do not drill through the template. After a couple holes the hole will get bigger in the template and will no longer be accurate.
Step #5: Drilling the cabinet drawers
Drilling the cabinet drawers is a little more difficult than the doors, but it is doable for you, as a homeowner committed to drilling your own cabinet hardware.
First, measure the height of the drawer front and divide it in half. Put a pencil mark on the drawer front where the middle will be. Be sure that you do not press too hard with the pencil—you don’t want to put an indentation in the wood. This is an easy mistake to make when you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware for the first time.
After you find the vertical center, measure the width of the drawer front and divide that in half to mark the center of the front horizontally. If you are drilling a single hole for knobs, this is where you will drill.
If you are drill two holes for a pull handle, you need to measure equal distances left and right to ensure the pull will be center on the drawer front. You may also choose to put two pulls on wider drawers if desired. Usually when this is done, you try to measure equal distances from both sides. Once you drill your first holes, then you can line up the template.
Additional tips for drilling your own cabinet hardware
- Always use a new, sharp drill bit and do not push hard when drilling your doors and drawer fronts. If you use a dull drill bit, or push while you drill, you’ll blow the back of the wood out and make it look unsightly behind the door or drawer.
- Make sure to make any cabinet adjustments before drilling your drawers. If you don’t wait, the hardware will appear off level and will be harder to adjust later.
- Always use a drill bit slightly larger than the screw you are using. If the screw does not go in freely, it will strip out and break off inside the drawer or door. A 3/16″ drill bit is recommended for the standard 8/32″ screws.
- If you are uncertain about anything, ask someone. Cabinet doors and drawers can be expensive to replace, so if you’re drilling your own cabinet hardware, you’ll want to take the time to do things right.
Learn more about cabinets and see our selection by calling Superior Stone & Cabinet
Thinking about remodeling your bathroom or planning on starting from scratch in a new house? These both can be exciting tasks, yet overwhelming because of how many little decisions must be made regarding colors, styles, and the general layout. Where do you even start? Let’s begin with a basic overview of some popular and modernized trends being seen this year.
The 8 top trends in bathroom design
1. Neutral Color Palette
Unless you are decorating a themed child’s bathroom, neutral colors are always the safe way to go. Whites, grays, and blacks can look very modern, while shades of tan are also very appealing. Utilizing a neutral color palette when designing a bathroom is a classic choice.
Go a step further and consider adding a monochromatic element as well. You can do this by starting with a single base color hue and incorporate other elements in your bathroom that are just a couple tones, tints, or shades lighter/darker to complement the original shade. White fixtures, light grey walls, and dark grey sink faucets are just one example of how to incorporate monochromatic elements throughout your bathroom.
2. Exposed Shower Plumbing
This trend is exactly what it says. With clear shower glass becoming the new norm—especially in large master bathrooms—exposed shower plumbing has emerged as an alluring industrial look. It pairs best with the modernized color schemes discussed above, or a simple white, marble shower.
3. Marble as Art
Let Mother Nature be the artist. Marble is a timeless material that works well for bathroom vanities and countertops. It is as durable as it is beautiful. Marble is also a fantastic option because its versatility can lean traditional or modern depending on the color scheme and how it is integrated into the bathroom decor.
4. Side-mounted Faucets
It is no secret that people find enjoyment in going against the grain or defying the rules. This also applies to your bathroom remodel. One of these unspoken rules typically expected in all bathrooms is a forward-facing faucet. But lately, installing side-mounted faucets has become a fun trend that completely shatters traditional bathroom norms as we know them. Not to mention, they are a wonderful space saver in smaller-sized bathrooms.
5. Floating Vanities
Want an easy way to make your bathroom look chic? When embodied correctly and with a decent border material, a floating vanity can add a level of depth and seamlessness to any bathroom. These add a beautiful and airy feeling in your bathroom. Plus, they come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can find the perfect one that complements your bathroom’s unique style.
6. Floor-to-Ceiling Shower Glass Enclosure
Another common example of how people are modernizing their bathroom by straying away from tradition is by removing water dams in the shower. The most prevalent example of this is by a complete floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure. To make this work without a shower pan or sopping mess trailed throughout your entire bathroom floor, the shower floor must be properly sloped.
This is a very sleek way to broaden your shower space and effortlessly open up your entire bathroom. Traditionally, a bathroom can appear to be closed off by sectioning each area (e.g., toilet stall, shower pan), so a floor-to-ceiling shower glass enclosure is yet another option to consider.
7. Wall-mounted Sinks & Toilets
Another relatively new style for bathroom design are wall-mounted toilets and sinks. In fact, floating toilets are predicted to become the standard in new homes over the next decade. They are a perfect choice in bathrooms going for a modern look. Many of these toilets have additional technology that allows for wall-mounted flush controls.
This floating concept is an alternative way to make your bathroom appear larger and more open. Typically your under-sink cabinets that touch the floor can take up a lot of unwanted space. Therefore, the advantages of a floating sink goes beyond just how it looks, but also extends to the way it makes the entire bathroom appear more open.
8. Long, Skinny Tiles
To go along with a fresh bathroom layout, now it’s time to decorate your walls. The hot trends right now include statement walls, granite walls, and tiled walls. Many people expect to see tile walls in commercial spaces—such as hotels, restaurants, and businesses—but the trend is now making its way into residential bathrooms as well. The most popular wall tile are long, skinny tiles. This tile style is just an updated version of the classic subway tile often used all around the house.
Here are your next steps!
See an idea above that you like and want to incorporate into your bathroom remodel? We can help put your plans into action. Call Superior Stone & Cabinet today to tell us what you have in mind, or stop by our conveniently located Phoenix showroom. We would love to give you some additional insight and make your dreams a reality.
This is an exciting time for businesses here in Phoenix! The Valley feels alive with activity, as new restaurants, stores, buildings, and properties open, seemingly by the day. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our team is prepared to meet the kitchen and bathroom remodeling needs of businesses here in the Phoenix metro area. Whether you’ve been in business for years or are opening soon, we want to help you find the right commercial countertops and cabinets for your space and the needs of your customers and employees.
In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to new counters and cabinets, and why you should call our team for a free on-site estimate here in the Valley.
Does your business need to make an upgrade?
Whether you manage a restaurant or an office building, every business has a need for high-quality commercial countertops and cabinets. In a restaurant setting, granite or quartz countertops are the perfect, durable material for customers to eat on or for your team to prepare food on. Every workplace with some type of kitchen for employees can benefit from new cabinets that allow people to store food and essentials. Whether used by your customers, employees, or both, an upgraded kitchen in your commercial space can be an upgrade in both form and function.
If your existing counters are chipped, cracked, or stained, your customers will notice and may make inferences about your business and its upkeep. In many industries—but, particularly in the restaurant business—presentation and first impressions matter. If your tables and counters are starting to look dingy, we recommend upgrading to new stone surfaces.
Why have Superior install your commercial countertops and cabinets?
Here are just a few of the qualities that we believe set our team apart from other commercial remodeling businesses here in the Phoenix metro:
With our 60,000 square-foot showroom and warehouse here in Phoenix, Superior Stone & Cabinet has one of the most extensive collections of new commercial countertops and cabinets in the Valley. In other words, we have a diverse selection of colors, styles, and materials for you to choose from, but we also have the inventory depth to outfit your business, no matter what size of space or amount of materials you need.
We’re a direct importer of quartz and granite countertops, which means we are able to offer new kitchen upgrade materials at wholesale pricing. Plus, we’re one of the Valley’s few companies that specializes in both countertops and cabinets, which means less shopping around as a whole and only one installation team your business needs to coordinate their schedule with.
We’re experienced kitchen installers. Our team has successfully installed new countertops, cabinets, and floors in many Valley businesses, from restaurants and food service businesses to apartments. Our team is capable of fabricating granite on-site to ensure quick turnaround times, so the disruption to your business is kept to a minimum.
We offer free estimates on commercial projects. Give us a call today and have one of our experienced commercial project experts come out to your business. Or, stop by our office if you’d like to see our selection and warehouse for yourself. Either way, we look forward to talking to you about your business’ counter and cabinet needs!
You’ve probably heard of kitchen pendant lights, overhead lighting, or chandelier lighting. These kitchen lighting options add personality to the room and bring a touch of color and style to any kitchen. For example, a modern farmhouse kitchen might feature exposed light bulbs with wood features for a down-to-earth aesthetic. In contrast, a more modern kitchen may have gold pendants or a sparkly chandelier as a visual focal point. Depending on your personal preference and your home’s style, your kitchen lighting can totally be a game-changer for the look of your space. It’s something you need to consider when remodeling your kitchen.
Another type of lighting that homeowners sometimes overlook is under cabinet lighting. These are lights that are attached underneath your cabinets, providing ample light above your countertops. These lights add a subtle but strong effect in your kitchen, highlighting the countertops and surrounding appliances. Under cabinet lighting brings out the color and vibrancy of your new granite or quartz countertops and have the potential to be a great addition to any kitchen, no matter what decorating style you prefer.
Benefits of under cabinet lighting
Most kitchens still continue to use standard, overhead lighting, so a kitchen with under cabinet lighting will stand out compared to the rest. Plus, under cabinet lighting is simple to install and extra convenient, especially for those late-night refrigerator runs. Here are a few more benefits of choosing under cabinet lighting in your home:
- More versatility in lighting options: You’ll have more options when it comes to brightening your kitchen. If it’s late at night, for example, you can easily turn on the under cabinet lighting for a softer, less harshly bright look.
- Beautiful, subtle glow to your kitchen: Under cabinet lighting provides a soft glow in your kitchen, setting the mood for a more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
- Better visuals when cooking or cleaning: This benefit is a no-brainer—you’ll be able to see your food and cooking more clearly with additional lights installed!
- Energy- and cost-efficient: Instead of lighting up the entire kitchen each time you walk in the room, you can save energy by only using the under cabinet lights. Additionally, these lights are cheap and easy to install.
- Eliminates dark shadows: Say goodbye to dark, hidden corners of your kitchen when you install under cabinet lights.
- Higher interior value: When it comes time to sell your home, potential buyers will appreciate the look of under cabinet lights because it makes the kitchen feel a little more complete and highlights its best features, namely the new countertops, cabinets, and appliances.
You’ll notice the difference almost immediately. Under cabinet lights bring an extra layer of warmth and brightness to any kitchen, no matter how large or small. You don’t need to have an unlimited budget for these lights, either. They’re affordable and add a simple touch of elegance to your home! When you’re chopping up vegetables at the counter, you’ll be thankful you have a little extra lighting to see clearly.
Other lighting features your kitchen needs
While you’re exploring under cabinet lighting options, check out these additional kitchen lighting features that can spruce up any kitchen space:
- Vent hood lighting
- Wall-mounted lighting or sconces
- Metallic or textured lights
- Lighting over the sink
- Mix-and-match lighting pendants
- Bold-colored lighting
Your lighting options are almost endless! You can find additional lighting inspiration in popular home magazines or from your favorite home decor accounts or bloggers. The beauty of kitchen lighting is that there’s no right or wrong answer—whatever look you love can work great in your kitchen, provided you have the space to make it work.
If you want to make a bold statement with your kitchen lighting, try gold pendant lights over the island or a pair of big, industrial hood lights. If you want a more subtle, traditional look, go with recessed lighting. For more creativity, install cabinet lights and island lighting, so your whole kitchen can glow with a modern feel! Remember, your lighting choices can change the entire look and perception of your kitchen.
Get started on your kitchen remodel today
If you’ve been putting off your kitchen remodel, now is the time to get started. Don’t wait another few months for your to-do list to pile up. Call the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet in Phoenix, Arizona.
We have a team of professional design consultants who can help take your vision and bring it to life. We have affordable options and creative ideas for lighting, countertops, cabinets, and more! Visit our website or call us today to schedule a free estimate from our design experts.
When you’re cooking, cleaning, and entertaining in your kitchen, that room of your home can see more wear-and-tear than the rest of your home put together. If you have limited cabinet space or an awkward kitchen layout, you could find yourself struggling to make full use of your kitchen on a daily basis. Why work around these kitchen stumbling blocks when you can improve your home with new kitchen features that make this your favorite room in the house.
Even simple kitchen add-ons can greatly change your kitchen situation. Contrary to popular belief, these additions don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With a professional design and installation company like Superior Stone & Cabinet, you can work within your budget to find features that fit your home best. For a free estimate, call us today.
Cabinet add-ons and improvements
Upgrading your cabinets and drawers with a new color and finish is a great move to make in any kitchen, but did you know you can also include other cabinet features when you replace your cabinets, such as lift-up cabinets, soft-close cabinets, and corner drawers? You can customize your cabinets to best suit your personal needs. For example, if you want easy access to your spices, you can add a vertical spice drawer with multiple levels that fits nicely between your oven and your other cabinets. That’s a kitchen feature that will directly lead to some great cooking!
Choosing the best countertop for your home
Any kitchen renovation should include some type of countertop improvement. When it comes to countertop materials, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the amount of options available. Do you go with butcher block, quartz, or granite? What color of countertop or look will pair best with your cabinets?
Depending on your cooking habits, personal preferences, and maintenance capabilities, you’ll be able to narrow down your wide number of options to a countertop that you love. Superior Stone & Cabinet has hundreds of countertop options to choose from, and we’re with you every step of the way! We have expert consultants who can provide advice and tips on picking the right material for your remodel.
Hidden kitchen features
When you work with a professional company like Superior Stone & Cabinet here in Phoenix, you even have options for hidden kitchen features that will greatly improve your life. For example, you can add a cutting board drawer that easily pops in and out of place when you need it for quick cutting. There are no-spill protectors you can add underneath your sink for easy wiping and fast cleanup. If you like the look of glass cabinet fronts, those can be added as well! There are almost endless options for your kitchen, and it all starts with your design dream or vision.
Here are just a few hidden kitchen features that can greatly improve your home:
- Floating shelves: A floating shelf is not part of an enclosed cabinet and doesn’t feature a swing-open door. These shelves are mostly decorative, but they also offer creative space solutions for homeowners wanting to display their best kitchen items. If you are working with a smaller kitchen, floating shelves are a good choice to make the space appear larger and less cramped.
- Soft-close and lift-up cabinets: These cabinet features add variety to your space. With soft-close doors, you can avoid the loud banging that accompanies many cabinets. Lift-up cabinets are usually attached to the countertop on the lowest level and provide more room to store bread, butter, or produce on your counter without it being in sight of all your guests.
- Pull-out cabinets with lazy Susans: Have you ever been on your hands-and-knees, searching for a pan that’s hidden in the deep caverns of a corner cabinet? With a new pull-out cabinet and lazy Susan, you’ll be able to reach those pots and pans without hassle. The definitive spinning feature of a built-in lazy Susan makes it easy to find and store kitchen items.
- Vertical drawers: Like the spice rack drawer we mentioned, vertical drawers add a nice visual element to your space. They’re also highly functional—you can use vertical drawers for easy-to-reach items like spices or utensils.
- Plate drawers: These larger drawers are often located on the kitchen island or near the oven. They are long, deep drawers suited to fit your plates, instead of having to stack heavy plates on high shelves. These drawers often feature wooden pegs to separate and organize fine china or plates. A drawer for your plates make it easier for storage and entertainment.
See the selection that Superior has to offer
With so many choices and design options, place your dream kitchen in the hands of the experts at Superior Stone & Cabinet. We offer wholesale prices and have a 60,000 sq/ft warehouse for you to explore! Think outside the box, and your kitchen could become a new oasis for you to enjoy. Contact us for a free estimate, or come visit our showroom to speak with one of our designers.
You spend a majority of your time in your home, whether you’re eating, sleeping, creating memories with family, or spending time with friends. Every so often, you may itch for a change or a new look. Whether you’ve got your eye on new countertops for your kitchen or you want to replace that bathroom vanity, a renovation of any kind can be a big commitment. You should be able to have a stress-free renovation that is simple, straightforward, and affordable. That’s where we come in.
Superior Stone & Cabinet is your premier provider and installer of cabinets, counters, flooring, and more. We know the ins-and-outs of planning a stress-free renovation, from the initial blueprint stage to laying the final tile into place or installing the backsplash. A great bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen renovation takes time, planning, and scheduling. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, call us and start with a free estimate from our team!
Tips and tricks for remarkable renovations
Do all the research you can before jumping into a major home project. Before you start swinging a sledgehammer, consider following these tips to ensure your renovation is a success:
- Plan ahead: You may have heard the popular construction saying, “Measure twice, cut once.” This means that the more thorough and careful your planning is, the smoother the actual project execution will be. At Superior Stone & Cabinet, our planning process involves meeting with one of our renovation experts to make your vision come to life. We use blueprints, digital renderings, and photographs to build your dream room before the real room is ever touched!
- Make a schedule: For the most part, a renovation project can’t be completed in one day. Remodeling takes time and effective scheduling. For example, if you have children at home or want to leave on vacation, you’ll need to keep that in mind when opening your home to professionals. If you want a brand-new kitchen, plan to eat out during some meals, since your kitchen will look like a construction zone for at least some period of time. By setting a realistic timetable, you can know when the project will start, how long each step will take, and when the renovation will be done! If you’re working with the team here at Superior, we’ll provide you with a precise timetable for our work ahead of the start of the project.
- Be patient: Knowing that most projects can’t be completed overnight, you can rest easy when you follow your schedule. Patience is the key to a great remodeling project. If you become impatient and rush the job, the final result may be less-than-ideal. Our team of installers and construction experts will respect your home and property and listen to your needs. By being patient in return and waiting for the end result, you can make the process that much smoother.
Mistakes to avoid
During your renovation, there are some potential mishaps you’ll want to avoid. Check out some of these mistakes that can be easily avoided:
- Not speaking up: If, during your renovation, you notice a paint color that doesn’t seem right, say something! It’s easier to make changes when an issue is noticed right away. If you wait until the very end of the project to say something, you’ll have to wait even longer for the new result. Open communication is the key to a successful renovation.
- Making snap decisions: With hundreds of countertop options and dozens of cabinet features to sort through, you don’t want to make any quick decisions that you’ll regret later. For example, if you rush through the design or planning phase and realize that you really wanted a spice drawer or a pull-out feature in your cabinet, you’ll wish you had picked that option earlier. You should make each renovation decision with care, taking into account your daily routine, preferences, and needs.
- Trying to do your own remodel: A DIY approach can initially sound attractive and affordable, but you could be making many mistakes along the way. Using incorrect tools or trying to paint your own cabinets can be tiresome, frustrating, and ineffective. Our professional team knows how to tackle your project and save you money along the way!
Your one-stop spot for counters, flooring, tile, and more
Whether you want a new standalone bathtub, a white quartz countertop, or new flooring for the bedroom, call the team at Superior Stone & Cabinet! We’ve been in this business for decades and we can point you and your home in the right direction. Our 60,000 sq/ft warehouse is full of options available to you today! We can make your next remodeling project easy, affordable, and even fun.
Many homeowners spend a large amount of time in the kitchen–and for good reason. Your kitchen is the “hub” of your home: a place to unwind, prepare family meals, and try out that new instant pot. With the right cabinets, countertops, and appliances, your kitchen can feel like new again. However, there’s one feature you can add during a kitchen remodel that will truly complete the entire look—a backsplash.
A kitchen backsplash not only adds character and style to your space, but it also creates a protective wall against stains, messes, or spills. Your backsplash doesn’t need to cost a fortune, and, when finished, will leave your kitchen looking better than when you began.
How a backsplash adds character to your kitchen
Some homeowners overlook the backsplash because they believe it’s an “extra” design feature in the kitchen that functions only as decoration. Contrary to that belief, a backsplash can add character and style to a kitchen that a coat of paint simply cannot. That blank wall space between the countertop and cabinet has the capacity to be filled with color, texture, and shape. Investing in and learning about the right kind of backsplash can increase your kitchen’s value, which increases the overall value of your home.
If you love the look of white cabinets, white quartz countertops, and clean appliances, your backsplash is the perfect opportunity to throw in some color or texture. With so many options to explore, you’re sure to find something that matches your style and personality. Imagine a blue tile overlay or a white herringbone pattern to cover up that plain wall. There are even peel-and-stick options or DIY-friendly backsplash kits you can try if you’re more of a hands-on homeowner.
What kind of kitchen backsplash do you need?
Whether your style is modern, farmhouse, or traditional, a backsplash can reflect your personality while providing protection and balance to your kitchen. With so many backsplash options on the market, let’s explore a few of the most popular choices: peel-and-stick, beadboard / shiplap, and tile.
Peel-and-stick tiles are a widely popular choice for DIY experts and those working within a tighter budget. These tiles work exactly like they sound—you peel off the backing, and stick the pattern where you’d like against the wall. Though this method sounds quick-and-easy, the truth is that DIY options take a lot of time, measuring, and accuracy. One wrong stick, and your backsplash will look crooked.
Additionally, these peel-and-stick options won’t protect your walls or appliances as well as ceramic or porcelain tile can. Before you run to the nearest home improvement store to grab a roll of this easily-applied backsplash, make sure you know the pros and cons.
Beadboard / shiplap
If you go with a beadboard or shiplap backsplash, you’ll want to invest in durable wood and the right coat of paint. This material works well in a farmhouse or traditional home. Shiplap adds more protection than peel-and-stick tiles, but it also may prove to be more difficult to clean and care for. Sticky fingers or stains can leave their mark on white wood. You can achieve the wood look for less money than tile or marble, making it a nice middle option for backsplashes. Be sure to look online at blogs, Pinterest, and home improvement websites to find the look that’s right for you.
Porcelain and ceramic tiles are a tried-and-true option for any backsplash. With hundreds of colors, shapes, and textures, tile can be arranged in a variety of ways. For example, you can pick a white subway tile to bring a modern look to your space. Or, you can go with a teal or blue glossy tile to add a pop of color to the wall. Tile is easy to wipe down and lasts for years, making it one of the best picks for your backsplash needs.
Choosing a remodeling professional for your kitchen needs
Whatever kind of backsplash you choose for your kitchen, be sure to consult with a remodeling professional before you begin. A few extra tips will help in the long run. If you’re going with a tile or marble backsplash, a renovation expert will be your best choice for installation. You can create the perfect balance of the functional and beautiful in the room you spend the most time in. Your kitchen will truly feel complete once that last tile is sealed into place, brightening up your kitchen with a brilliant backsplash.
Superior Stone & Cabinet is your one-stop-shop for all your kitchen remodeling needs here in the Valley. We carry a wide selection of kitchen cabinets, countertops, and backsplash tile. To speak with a design expert, contact us for an in-home estimate, or visit us at our conveniently located showroom.