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3 Kitchen Updates that Won’t Break the Bank

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Whether you’re getting ready to move and want to increase your home’s value or just moved into a new house and are desperate to remodel, you may be weary of tackling any changes in the kitchen. Traditionally, kitchens are more expensive to remodel than any other room because changes usually require structural reconstruction, including moving gas or water pipes, electric cords or built-in furniture (such as cabinets).

However, there are some simple changes that can be made in the kitchen that will significantly increase its value, as well as changing the look and making you feel like you just invested thousands.

Give Cabinets a Facelift. Paint them if they’re wood, or replace the doors for new ones in a different style. Glass ones are great if you’re the organized type and want a modern look. Otherwise, go for something with texture, such as shutter-like doors or something with molding. You can also replace the cabinet hardware and choose knobs that are brushed metal or

Get Rid of Fluorescent Lights. They make the room look dated and yellowish. Install track lighting if you can afford to pay a professional, or buy a couple of floor lamps and place in opposite corners. If you have a large table, create a centerpiece by grouping several candles and placing them on a tray in the center of the table.

Replace the Floor. You don’t need to spend a fortune or even hire a professional to change your floors. Instead, buy self-adhesive vinyl flooring at the local home improvement store and simply place it on top of your current floor. While each product comes with its own instructions, it’s usually just a quick process of no more than a couple of steps.

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