Kitchen Updates

Walking into a tired and outdated kitchen can bring a homeowner's mood down.There are a few easy ways to update and spruce up your kitchen without having to make a major investment.

We all know about painting and adding new curtains, but what else can we do to give your kitchen a new look?

New lighting
One of the simplest ways to add character and a contemporary feel to the kitchen is by using lighting. Replacing your fluorescent fixtures with flexible track lighting or one of the attractive new pendant-style fixtures will give your kitchen a new look. Another way to give your kitchen a modern look is by adding under-cabinet lighting. These are relatively easy to install on the underside of upper cabinets.

Add a kitchen island
Adding an island or a new rolling workstation can be very attractive and useful if your kitchen has room. You can build your own using a butcher block top from Ridalco, visit www.ridalco.com , or pick up an unfinished one from your local home improvement store. These are convenient because when you're finished using them, you can just roll them into the corner until the next time you'd like to use it. If you're pressed for storage space, kitchen islands can provide you with more storage room for kitchenware.

Spice up storage options
Kitchen storage doesn’t have to be boring. You can add decorative flair to kitchen cabinets, shelves and other storage areas. Here's how: When re-facing kitchen cabinets, pick a few that will be used for open storage. Remove the cabinet door and add a decorative curtain. Add a baker's rack with a long curtain; add decorative roping to partially tie back the curtain. Add roll out drawers in your newly refaced cabinets. This type of system is ideal for storing pots and pans.

Make a backsplash
Adding a backsplash can be a fun project and there are many options you can choose from.  To add more interest to your kitchen Stainless Steel will make your kitchen unique. Visit www.ridalco.com for some great ideas, easy to install and it gives a very modern clean look that is also environmentally friendly.  Stainless is a green product.

New counters
Countertops are one of the most important features in your kitchen because a good horizontal surface is all about the work. This means they should be of good quality to handle all your work and look stylish. For some kitchens, wood counters might be just the ticket too.  A combination butcher block and stainless is very attractive visit www.ridalco.com for some great ideas.

Reface the cabinets
While replacing cabinets in your kitchen can cost you lots of money, refinishing them can be a much less expensive way to make them look new again. Replacing hardware on cabinets is also a very economical way to add style without going broke.

Refinishing can be messy and time consuming as there really isn't a tidy way to get old paint or finish off cabinets, but when you've re-varnished or painted the cabinet, it can literally look brand new. Plan on devoting a month of weekends though. A good refinishing job takes time. And instead of refinishing, you could also repaint cabinetry to eliminate the old, weathered look.

If you have lower cabinet doors with just shelves and few drawers, consider mounting some of the pull-out drawer assemblies that are available in stock sizes for many cabinets. These are often available at storage and organization-type stores. You'll find that you will be able to store more and find what you have more easily. That alone could prevent you from pulling your hair out trying to find the elusive widget.

Another idea is to take the doors off your upper cabinets for a more open look and feel to the kitchen. If you do decide to remove the cabinet faces completely, a neat idea is to paint the inside backing of the cabinets a different colour or alternating colours to add a sense of depth and texture to the room. You could take down the upper cabinets entirely and hang artwork, especially if you've been able to streamline and improve the functionality of the lower cabinets.

Update the kitchen sink
The kitchen sink is used every day and nothing is more tiresome than a kitchen sink that is so worn and never comes clean. You can choose to replace it with a standard stainless steel sink or you may want to customize the size.  This is an option when ordering from Ridalco, visit www.ridalco.com for more information.You could also add a new faucet for some genuine dishwashing pleasure. With the right tools, most homeowners can manage installing faucets. Faucets have a broad price and quality range so look around for the best cost-value that suits your needs before settling on one.

Change kitchen cabinet hardware
Cabinet hardware is another inexpensive change that can make a world of difference to your kitchen design. Look for metal tones that will blend with other accents around the kitchen, such as lighting, door hardware and appliance handles.

There are plenty of ways to update your kitchen design without breaking the bank.

   The trick is to select a few key areas and get creative.          

Carole Hunnisett

Carole Hunnisett

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Blue Sky Region Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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