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Kitchen Upgrades

Renovations can be both time consuming and expensive and not everyone has the time or budget. Luckily, you do not need to break the bank to upgrade a room. Kitchens in particular can start to feel dated after some time. Maybe you want a more modern look or maybe you want greater functionality like more storage space or better lighting. Well, the good news is, you may not need to renovate your entire kitchen but, instead, a few small tweaks and changes can have a big impact and make your kitchen look and feel brand new. The most obvious thing you can do is to repaint your kitchen in a new color but let’s look at other small changes you can make that will make you feel like your kitchen has been renovated.

One simple thing you can do is to upgrade your kitchen faucet. This fixture is often overlooked as it doesn't seem to have much of an impact on the overall look of your kitchen. But don't underestimate what a big difference little things such as these can make.

Kitchen faucets in the past were designed to be practical and not necessarily attractive. But nowadays, faucets come in a vast array of styles and designs that allow homeowners flexibility to customize their sink area and something that fits their liking.

First you must consider functionality. Do you want a faucet with hot and cold knobs? Or maybe one with a detachable spray hose? Once you've decided what kind of features you want, you can look at the various designs and materials. For instance, you can swap out an old, rusting faucet for a sleek new one in steel or chrome. This can do wonders for your kitchen sink.

Another change you can make is to upgrade your cabinets. Nothing dates a kitchen like old cabinets with faded finishes and rusted handles. Sometimes a little polish and switching out old handles and knobs for new, stylish ones can do the trick. But solid wood cabinets are popular and common so why not think outside the box? Installing glass or see-through cabinet doors can add some personality to your kitchen. Not only that, it creates an opportunity to display your beautiful wares and dishes by allowing a "window" into your cabinets. This is a great way to show off china or antiques.

Glass cabinet doors can also make your kitchen appear bigger as it allows you to see beyond the exterior. You can even opt for a mixture of wood and glass. There are many styles and designs whether you are looking to create an antique look or a more modern one.

Lighting is another area where you can implement small changes with little disruption to the rest of your kitchen but still have a big impact. Many kitchens has a simple single light bulb in the center but sometimes you need light in specific areas to highlight certain aspects of your kitchen. For example, you may want to consider installing under-cabinet lighting to illuminate those dark spaces under your cabinets.

If you have an island in your kitchen, a hanging light or chandelier over the island will not only look exquisite, but will ensure that your island is properly lit for dinners or other functions. A

chandelier might be all you need to spruce up your kitchen and add a little flair without having to tear your kitchen apart for costly renovations.

If you don't need a lot of storage space in your kitchen, you can utilize that space for appliances. Many kitchens have under-counter spaces that are utilized for storage. Maybe it's where you store your Tupperware or other knick-knacks.

This space could be converted for convenient appliances. Most people use under counter space for di