Give your kitchen a facelift

A kitchen makeover does not have to be an expensive project. Here are steps that will make your kitchen facelift fabulous on a budget! Not interested in the full enchilada? That's great, pick and choose the most important aspect...hardware first.

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 a 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, take your existing doors off, or change out your kitchen cabinet hardware. Changing your hardware style and finish can make all of the difference in the world.

If you're going for the modern, open look of doorless 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. If your cabinets have yellow tones, choose a dark bronze hardware that will have a real cooling effect against the wood. If your cabinets are dated, choose a modern style that will enhance the architecture of that period in a satin chrome or black finish.

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 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, and attractive and offer countless colors and patterns to choose from.

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.

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.

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, but for a much more cost-effective option, install granite tile countertops yourself.

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.

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. With all of today’s choices, matching your faucet and cabinet hardware is easy.

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