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Rewind the Design: Updating Your Kitchen Without A Remodel

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By Rachel Derry
Staff Writer LIFamilies

It is easy to become tired of even our favorite rooms in the house. You live and work in them day after day, and after a while they may seem a little too drab for your taste. Take for example your kitchen; one of the most important rooms in the house and a focal point for family get-togethers, it’s hard to stay satisfied for a lifetime with your original choice of hardware and colors. Maybe you don’t love that pale yellow so much anymore, or maybe you’re sick of the black and white checkers. You don’t need to schedule a whole remodel to refresh your kitchen’s feel. Here are a couple, easy tips to update your kitchens feel and flavor without the time and money of a remodel.

Start with a new shade of paint and a whole new outlook. You can completely change the feel of your kitchen by simply changing up the color pallet. Add a new paint job to your old, worn cabinets to make them look new. Choosing a different, accenting color for the trim of your windows, which will really make them pop. Then change the whole mood by painting your walls an all new shade that will make it seem large and airy or warm and cozy, depending on the size.

Change out the hardware on your draws and cabinets for an added freshness. Compliment the new shade on your cabinetry with all new handles and knobs. Look for old glass knob (or repros) for a vintage, chic feel. Swap out the old, painted iron for shiny, stainless steel handles to add a crisp, modern appeal.

Never underestimate the power of the accessories. If you had a cluttered, theme kitchen before, clear off those cabinets for a spacious, new look. Keep a choice, favorite item for each corner or an underutilized space, but leave the rest free to use as needs. You’ll be thankful for the extra space and having less to clean/dust during your weekly routines.

Simply trading out your kitchen table can make all the difference. Being a focal point in the room, you can completely change the kitchens esthetics by changing the table. If you have an eat-in kitchen as well as a breakfast nock, swap around the tables if the dimensions fit. If you don’t, check out local yard sales and consignment shops for the perfect fit; you’ll be able to find a suitable swap for a lot less than a new table.

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