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Sprucing Up Your Kitchen For The Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching and a full kitchen remodel may not fit in your schedule or budget, yet you may want to spruce things up before hosting holiday guests. Here are 5 easy and affordable updates that can add style and value to any kitchen.

Upgrade the Countertops

Laminate, tile and corian countertops are typically seen as a thing of the past. On trend items like granite, quartz, marble and wood are what we see homeowners and designers moving towards. Changing out your countertops is typically a one day/same day tear-out and install. This isn’t just an aesthetic upgrade either – these types of countertops tend to be low maintenance and durable, they all also add value to your home.

Add a Backsplash

A backsplash whether its tile or another material can add some “wow” to your kitchen in just a day or two. There are a variety of options available from a classic 3x6 subway tile, to fun glass mosaics and even unique hand-made tiles. Less traditional items like tin tiles, wood paneling and even glass are out of the box ideas for backsplash materials. Whether you go with an intricate pattern or keep it simple, adding this detail to your kitchen can update the look of your space for about $500-$2000 depending on the products, pattern and size of your kitchen.

Change Your Finishes

Hardware is one thing that can instantly date a space with old, dingy or worn looking hardware. Changing out knobs, handles, light fixtures and even your kitchen faucet, are all easy and inexpensive updates that can make your kitchen feel refreshed. One thing to note before you go looking for cabinet hardware, is to measure the distance from the center to center of each handle. This will ensure that your new hardware will fit in the pre-existing holes that are drilled in your cabinets. This couple hour project is definitely worth the investment, especially since it’s something that you can typically do yourself.

Refinishing Your Cabinets

Not all cabinets need replacing – if they are a good quality, with a functional layout then refinishing may be an option for your cabinets. Changing the color of your cabinetry is typically about a week long process that involves removing all of your cabinet doors and drawers and refinishing. While some cabinets can be restained, the majority of the time refinishing will be painted finishes. Glazing and distressing are additional details that can be added to cabinets door and trim to change the look and feel of your space.

Repainting the Space

The color of your walls sets the tone of your kitchen – or any space. A cheerful yellow or calming blue, a warm red or a sage green, all of them add to the ambience. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls is an easy way to refresh your kitchen. This easy 1-2 day update is something that you can do on your own for as little as $35 or with the help of a hired professional.

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