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September, 2011

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

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

You don't have to spend $20,000 or more to get a brand new kitchen. By focusing on the key components of your kitchen, you can have major design impact without too much of an impact on your savings. Follow this simple, three-step plan and take 10 years off your kitchen.

Step One: Close the Door on Replacing Your Cabinets

There are three ways to get great looking cabinets without completely replacing them - order replacement doors to change the look of cabinets at a tremendous savings, refinish the existing doors or just take them off completely.

To refinish doors, start by lightly sanding down the wooden doors and then touch up the existing stain or repaint them with several coats of high-quality paint. You will be amazed at the way your cabinet doors come back to life. To complete the look, add some interesting new hardware and cabinet pulls.

If you're going for the modern, open look of door-less cabinets, make sure your dishes are up to par for being on display. Also, be ready to patch and refinish the areas where cabinet doors have been removed to keep the look clean.

Step Two: Count on a New Countertop

While you are waiting for the paint to dry on your cabinet doors, choose a new kitchen counter. Today, there are many choices in countertop materials including:

Laminate

Laminate countertops have come a long way in the past several years. You'd be surprised by the many options available at a very affordable price point. Still the most common counter surface in homes today, they are durable, attractive and offer countless colors and patterns to choose from. Prices range from $15 - $25 per square foot installed.

Solid Surface

Solid surface countertops boast performance, style and function. Easy to maintain and repair, countertops made from solid surfaces are available in a wide array of colors and stone-like patterns. Prices range from $40 - $60 per square foot installed.

Silestone

Silestone is a plastic engineered stone with the appearance of granite. Silestone countertops have a unique sparkle, due to quartz crystals embedded into the plastic material. Prices range from $45 to $95 per square foot installed.

Natural Stone

There is nothing you can put in your kitchen that quite looks, feels or performs like granite. It is more resistant to heat and scratching than any other material and offers an unparalleled natural look. Granite is becoming more affordable, ranging in price from $40 - $60 installed. For a much more cost-effective option, install granite tile countertops yourself. Prices start at less than $10 per square foot tile at your local home improvement store.

Concrete

One trend in kitchen countertops today is concrete. Providing a surprisingly warm look, concrete fits well with the increased popularity of more natural materials like wood, stone and brick. A great benefit of concrete is its versatility in terms of shape and design. Features including integrated sinks and the ability to mix colors and ingredients make concrete the choice of many high-end designers. Prices range from $50 - $80 installed.

Step Three: Make a Splash with a Fabulous Faucet

The final, and possibly easiest, step for a kitchen facelift is changing your kitchen faucet. Besides providing the finishing touch to your kitchen facelift, gleaming new faucets with interesting features may even have your kids fighting to do the dishes. Make sure you choose a faucet design that matches your overall kitchen style.

If you're looking to complement your up-to-date kitchen with a modern option, try the Level™ kitchen faucet. Its sleek and contemporary lines, accented in the most popular finishes, blend beautifully with modern kitchen design. Or, for a softer look at the sink that's still modern in design, try the high-arc Medora™ single-handle, single-hole mount kitchen faucet. Besides featuring great modern design, both Level and Medora offer a pulldown wand that makes performing everyday tasks – such as filling large pots, pitchers and vases – in and around the sink easy.

These three steps are sure to give your kitchen a budget-friendly boost.

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