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July, 2010

From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream kitchen in mind.

180 (degrees) in 360 (minutes)

180 (degrees) in 360 (minutes)

With the amount of time you spend in your kitchen, why settle for out-of-date features and decor -- especially since it is easy to give your kitchen a 180-degree makeover! Try these six simple projects, and in no time at all you'll have a kitchen worth spending your time!

Home Sweet Kitchen
One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen feel warm and inviting is with updated lighting. And, luckily it can be an easy and quick project with the many conversion kits and lighting fixtures available today. Start by swapping any cold and unstylish fluorescent tube lighting with more decorative chandeliers or flush-mount lighting to flood your kitchen with ambient light. Complete the look with more targeted task lights to highlight commonly used areas in the kitchen, like the bar/prep sink, coffee bar or meal preparation area. Options for task lighting include carefully positioned track lighting, low-voltage under-cabinet fixtures and decorative pendant lights. Employ the right mix of lighting, and soon your kitchen -- and your mood -- will be glowing!
Time: 2 -6 hours depending on number of fixtures

Update your Sink with a Fabulous Faucet
When it comes to your faucet, you may think -- it's not broke, why fix it? But as a workhorse and focal point of your kitchen, that shouldn't be the case. Instead, update your faucet with a new model that's both stylish and functional, like Moen's 90°™ pullout kitchen faucet. 90° features geometric, 90-degree-angled lines and clean, modern styling, plus an ergonomically designed pullout wand with an easy-turn swivel joint on the end of the hose and three functions: spray, aerated stream and pause.

If you're looking for style, function and water savings at the kitchen sink, try Moen's Anabelle™ Eco-Performance kitchen faucet, available at Lowe's. Anabelle offers consumer-preferred pullout/pulldown functionality with three unique settings -- eco-performance stream or spray for tasks like washing dishes that require a constant, yet low-water flow, or a full-flow option when filling a pot or pitcher. This simple kitchen update can yield up to a 32 percent water savings -- while also adding exquisite styling to your kitchen.
Time: 1.5 hours

Shortage of Storage
With so many gadgets, appliances and don't forget food -- kitchen storage can quickly become sparse. Start by organizing your current storage -- purging any items that you haven't used in years. Next, if you have room, add a kitchen island or additional cabinets to provide more storage and work room. Or, if space (or funds) is limited, search your local flea market or online at Craigslist.com for alternative options, like a vintage china cabinet or an antique overhead pot rack to house all your necessities and reduce clutter.
Time: 6 hours

Add Sass with a Backsplash
Tired of cleaning food or grease splashes from your kitchen walls? Spruce up drab or dirty-looking kitchen walls with a dynamic backsplash to walls near the sink or stove top. There are hundreds of styles, textures and patterns to choose from that can increase the sophistication in your kitchen and make it easier to clean! Plus, with step-by-step video instructions on how to apply the tiles available at Lowe's Creative Ideas website, it's as easy as 1-2-3.
Time: 6 hours

Getting a New Grip on Cabinets
Over time, cabinets made of wood or metal materials can deteriorate if they're not properly maintained -- making your kitchen look run-down or aged. Cleaning your cabinets with soap and water then polishing is the best way to make them look new again. To combat grime, fingerprints and other messy substances, apply cabinet cleaner such as Scott's Liquid Gold to a cloth and buff cabinets until they shine. Replacing old handles and hardware to your cabinets with a new stylish design and finish to match your new faucet will add the final polished look to your kitchen.
Time: 2-5 hours depending on number of cabinets

Grab Some Gadgets
The kitchen is now the center of the home, so create a space that's made for entertaining by adding some cool, new gadgets. Try an under-cabinet flat screen TV, an iPod docking station or a laptop station to bring the entire family back into the kitchen for work and play.
Time: 2 hours shopping time

In no time at all you can easily turn your kitchen from drab to fab with just a few simple projects.

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