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Cosmetic changes that can transform a home!

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There are cost-effective ways to transform your new home. Perhaps you want to change the look of your home but a major remodel or professional construction project is out of the question. Here are some DIY ideas that won’t break the bank and will revamp your new property.

Repaint and revitalize. Never underestimate the difference a coat of paint can make in a room or even one wall.

Update your hardware. Replacing the fixtures on dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities is simple. Accessories like doorknobs, and even hinges can look dated. Spice up a space by swapping out the existing hardware and make it your own.

Sand and stain. Don’t like your kitchen cabinets but aren’t ready to completely renovate? No problem, as long as they are in good condition, you can paint or stain your existing cabinets. Be sure to do a test on the inside of a cabinet that won’t be seen to make sure you get desired results.

Counterculture. New counter tops drastically change a space and are available at most home improvement stores in standard sizes at a reasonable price. They are precut and ready to install.
New stream. Faucets in the kitchen, tub, and sinks can be changed. They should correlate with the rest of the style in the specific room.

Get floored. Tiles can be inexpensive and transform a kitchen, bath or mudroom.

Kitchen views. You can switch out a kitchen backsplash without moving cabinetry or appliances, and the sky’s the limit in terms of color and style.

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4 Kitchen Design Trends Cooking Up in 2012

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment


Some of the recent trends popping up in more kitchens this year:

1. Unmatched cabinets: Cabinet colors and materials are being mixed, such as darker colors for the base cabinets and lighter colors being used for upper cabinets to “provide a sense of openness,” according to the blog.

2. Downsized kitchen islands: While bigger used to be better with kitchen islands, more home owners are finding they can make do with a smaller kitchen island that doesn’t take up as much space.

3. Covert appliances: Dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens are being hidden behind cabinetry or made to match the cabinetry so much so that you can barely even spot them at first glance in the kitchen. Also going invisible in the kitchen, kitchen cabinet knobs, creating a more clean-panel look.

4. Smaller faucets: The big, “gooseneck” faucet was all the rage up until recently but now more home owners seem to be opting for lower profile faucets for a more subtle statement. Some of the faucets have even shrunk to bathroom scale, but they still feature the detachable spray nozzle.

“As kitchens have opened up and become more integrated into our homes, they have begun to feel less ‘kitchen-like,’” according to the Home Design Find blog. “The trend toward mixed cabinetry and integrated appliances, door pulls and sinks suggests we are looking for a space that flows seamlessly into the rest of our spaces.”

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