Monday, March 24, 2014

Spice Up Your Kitchen!

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Fixing Up Your Kitchen

When it comes to keeping your home in good shape, one of the rooms you should focus on first is the kitchen. Broken appliances or an unkempt appearance make the room unpleasant, while an up-to-date kitchen can greatly increase your home's value, not to mention saving energy and making your time fixing meals much more enjoyable. If you're looking to redo your kitchen but aren't sure where to start, here are a few of the things you could consider.

1. Upgrade the Refrigerator

Maybe your refrigerator is already a good one and just needs a tune-up to bring it up to speed. Refrigerator replacement parts are easy to order and easy to install if you know what you're doing. Check the thermostat to make sure it's working correctly. If there's a temperature problem, that fridge will turn into an energy hog trying to keep itself cold!

2. Spruce Up Your Cabinets

Working in a kitchen that looks attractive is much more fun than working in a kitchen where everything seems a little dingy. Refinishing or repainting your cabinet doors is an easy, inexpensive way to make everything look brighter. If your kitchen is full of darker colors, consider painting your cabinets a shade lighter to make the room seem bigger and more cheerful.

3. Swap Out the Light Bulbs

Another inexpensive way to brighten your kitchen is by switching out the lights in your kitchen with energy-efficient LED or CFL lights. You'll save on electricity, which means, if you want, you can afford to install more lights for a brighter room. Consider putting a row of lights underneath your cabinets to illuminate your countertops as you cook, or even replacing your refigerator's light bulbs with something more efficient.

4. Replace the Faucet

An old, broken faucet not only brings down the look of an otherwise-attractive kitchen, but it's also more prone to leaks and drips. Pick up a new faucet with a design you love and install it in your kitchen to keep your sink looking modern! Not sure where to find one? Look in the same store where you bought replacement parts for your fridge.

5. Add More Shelving

There just never seems to be enough room in the kitchen for everything you need. Adding shelving directly into the wall is a chic way to solve that problem. Don't be afraid to use your wall space creatively to create a distinctly trendy look. For example, consider slimmer shelves that fit on the wall between your newly-repaired fridge and the sink or a single shelf above the stove to hold oven-cleaning supplies.

What other things have You done to add a bit of spice to your kitchen?

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