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January, 2009

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

Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

Is your kitchen dated and tired looking? Maybe you're ready to try a new style. If so, you're not alone. Kitchen remodels are one of this country's most popular home improvement projects. But for those on a budget, the costs of a major kitchen overhaul can quickly add up.

Don't worry. You don't have to spend a small fortune to spice up your culinary space. With a few flavorful additions, you'll be cooking in no time.

Reface, Don't Replace

Don't let old, dark cabinets show your kitchen's age. You can significantly change the look regardless of your budget. If the general structure of your cabinets is good, consider refinishing or refacing them for a fraction of the cost and labor of purchasing entirely new cabinets. Refinishing means stripping, staining or painting cabinets' surface, while refacing requires replacing cabinet and drawer fronts and putting a matching veneer on the cabinet frames.

If refinishing or refacing cabinets is not in your budget, you can simply change the cabinet hardware. New knobs and handles are available in all shapes, sizes and finishes to complement your kitchen décor for an updated new look.

Paint with Panache

A fresh coat of paint is a quick, inexpensive way to transform your kitchen's décor. According to Sheri Thompson, director of color marketing and design at Sherwin-Williams Company, deep reds and warm midtone yellows are the hot hues for today's kitchens.

Complement Countertops

While granite countertops might not be in the budget, you can refresh your sink with some affordable changes. Add a modern new sink at a value price, like the Camelot™ undermount sink from Moen Incorporated, available through your local plumbing wholesaler. Top your stainless sink with a high arc faucet, such as Moen's Anabelle™ pulldown faucet, with three convenient spray options: aerated spray, stream and pause. Anabelle is available at Lowe's in Chrome and LifeShine® Classic Stainless.

Get Retro

If new appliance prices are giving you sticker shock, save money by purchasing used appliances. Refurbished and repaired to look like new, these used appliances typically sell for less than half the cost of brand new ones.

If your old appliances are still in working condition, consider repainting them or buying new panels to match your kitchen décor. Visit your local home improvement store to find out how this can be accomplished for your particular brand of appliances.

Go Mobile

Add an island without major construction. Rolling carts are available in many different styles, ranging from lightweight metal to heavy-duty wood, providing a functional alternative to the traditional kitchen island. A distinct advantage of these "mobile islands" is they can easily be cleared out of the way to create more floor space.

So go ahead, make some affordable changes. Your kitchen will look like you spent a fortune, even though you really didn't.

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