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Did you know that a kitchen upgrade or remodel is one of the best places to put your home improvement dollars? Not only is the kitchen the hub of the home, but an upgrade will also reward you when it comes time for resale. Though there are plenty of men doing the cooking these days, women are the ones who fall in love with beautiful kitchens!

In a perfect world, we could all afford to completely demo our kitchen and rebuild from scratch. That not always being an option, here’s some ideas of how you can freshen up your kitchen for less! When making your choices, think about beauty AND function.

  • Refresh the Cabinets ~ Depending on what you have to work with, there are a few ways of doing this. If you have older cabinets with plain doors, my favorite advice is to replace the doors and drawer fronts. This is easily done, and provides an instant upgrade. If you can’t match the existing finish on the cabinet bases (which is likely), then refinish or paint everything to match. Replace the hinges and door/drawer hardware, and you’re done!

In the kitchen shown here, the existing cabinets were saved, yet completely repainted for a fresh Country look. Beaded board panels were added to the island cabinet, and new pendant lights installed. A very inexpensive upgrade!

  • Replace the Countertops ~ No surprise here! Though granite has been the desired surface for many years, there’s a myriad of choices for countertops, and it’s an instant upgrade to your kitchen. And, don’t stop there! While you’re at it, replace the sink too. Most kitchen sinks are under-mount (meaning the edge of the sink is underneath the countertop), so now is the time to put in a fresh one.
  • Upgrade the Appliances ~ One can rarely afford to keep up with the constant changes in technology, but if you have appliances that are 20 years old, the money to replace them are dollars well spent. Gas cook tops and ranges are usually preferred over electric by avid cooks, and stainless steel has been the favorite finish for several years running.

Check back weekly for more home improvement and decorating tips! If I can give you any assistance with your design or decorating needs, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Many times a single consultation is all that’s needed to pull your ideas together!

Everyone deserves a home they love ~ Inside and Out!