Ideas for a Quick Kitchen Facelift
Give your kitchen a fresh look with any number of these 10 affordable and time-saving kitchen facelift ideas.
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Install a New Faucet
Add a Backsplash
Store and Organize
Kitchen Upgrades: Lay Down Luxury Vinyl
If your countertops are chipped, faded or just out of style, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a new look. Visit your local home-improvement store or shop online to learn about the many styles and shades of countertop paint. Often sold in kits, countertop paint is specially formulated for durability and rich, deep color that will completely mask what's underneath. Some kits include diamond chips or speckles for a stone effect. Applying the paint requires masking off the countertops and following the instructions in your kit. Dedicate an entire weekend to the project—several layers are required and you won't be able to use the countertops between coats. Have fun eating dinner out and arriving home to new, sparkling countertops that will make you forget the old ones in a flash. If you're feeling ambitious, use the same technique with a cabinet-painting kit.
Since kitchen walls are often victims of grime and grease, you might avoid hanging framed artwork covered in glass. Look instead for cleanable canvases and other objects of art, such as metal or plastic decorative objects, that can recover from a splattering batch of fried zucchini. Establish a theme for your wall decor that suits the style of your cabinets and appliances. With a few carefully selected and placed pieces, your kitchen space can bring you cheer on the cloudiest of days. Make sure to follow proper technique when hanging your artwork, using the right kind of hardware and tools to protect your walls from damage.
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