How to fix up your kitchen on a cheap price!

Replace the sink: $75
These days you can buy a nice sink for under 100 bucks. The stainless steel and acrylic (some look just like white porcelain) are the cheapest, while real porcelain may be out of your range.

Refinish your kitchen cabinets: $100
This means either sanding them down and restaining them, or just painting them in a semigloss or glossy latex paint. For a bold change, ditch the white and try a pale blue, a coral red, or even glossy black for a modern look. All you need is sandpaper, paint, and equal parts elbow grease and patience.

Fix your kitchen under $500!

Fix your kitchen under $500!

Make your own fabulous hardware: $1 a piece
If the hardware you want is out of your range, transform the stuff that’s in it. “One woman wanted brass switch plates in her kitchen but they were $8.00 each, and she needed 27 of them and she couldn’t justify paying all that,” explains Paul Ryan, host of Kitchen Renovations on the DIY Network. “So, we got her metal switch plates for 47 cents each, and some shiny Krylon brass paint.” So instead of spending $216 on switch plates, she spent $22 for the switch plates and a can of paint. The savings: almost $200.

Buy inexpensive under-cabinet lighting: $50
If you can’t afford new lighting, consider lighting you can attach under the cabinets, suggests certified kitchen designer Judy Scott, an associate for Home Depot.. Ikea sells a number of affordable types and sizes — like the Grundtal ($49) and the Didoder (just $39) — that plug into wall outlets instead of the electrical wiring in your kitchen.


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Elements of a Transitional Kitchen Style

This versatile style lets you blend old and new elements, personalize — feel free to get quirky! — and defy what’s faddish — all while retaining marketability.

Transitional style is coming into its own as a favorite kitchen design. In a recent survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, transitional design moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time, edging out the long-time champ, traditional.

This versatile style lets you blend old and new elements, personalize — feel free to get quirky! — and defy what’s faddish — all while retaining marketability.

This versatile style lets you blend old and new elements, personalize — feel free to get quirky! — and defy what’s faddish — all while retaining marketability.

The reason? Transitional style has universal appeal — it takes a trend-defying approach to design that’s cozy, elegant, and ensures a great return on your investment.

These Arizona homeowners made all the right transitional-style moves when they remodeled their kitchen:

  • Anchored their scheme by painting their oak cabinets white.
  • Moved to a neutral palette by painting walls tan.
  • Mixed rustic and contemporary by adding a brick tile backsplash over sleek polished black granite countertops.
  • Brought in the warmth of wood with a black walnut island countertop.

A balanced blend of black, white, metal, and wood tones creates a textural depth that’s serene, yet never boring. The mix works great with minimal detailing — there’s a distinct absence of elaborate moldings and trim. Wood kitchen flooring is a favorite element that always feels warm and homey.

Unusual materials are fine, especially if they’re in keeping with the principles of no-regrets kitchen design, including simple detailing and subtle colors. These concrete countertops are handmade, but they have the one-of-a-kind look of a stone slab — adding an artisan’s touch is a favorite element of transitional style. This remodeled kitchen adds a sky-blue ceiling for a color pop. With transitional design as the foundation, changing paint colors is an easy way to alter your kitchenscape.

Transitional style adapts easily to its surroundings. It’s modern, classic, and comfortable all at once. You might say this remodeled Oregon kitchen is contemporary, but blink once and you’ll see warm wood floors, wood countertops, open cottagey shelves, and timeless white cabinets with universal appeal.

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Refurbishing Tips for Your Kitchen Cabinets

One of the main attractions in the kitchen is the cabinets, particularly those installed on the wall. The kitchen cabinets serve varied purposes. Beyond being a storage area for food, utensils, plates and other food containers, they also serve as display area for valuable items such as ceramic plates, cups and teapots as well as silverware. This being the case, it is of utmost importance to install an attractive cabinet made from sturdy materials.

If you wish to further beautify your existing kitchen cabinets, you can easily refurbish them without spending much. The trick is to simply change the doors instead of removing the entire structure.

Keep in mind that as long you have a sturdy frame for your cabinets, there’s no need to change it entirely. You need to only enhance or change the doors to make the structure look brand new again. Just be sure to align them properly and check that they open and close correctly.

If you want to use an entirely solid wood cabinet door or combine wood with glass, ensure that you paint them well to achieve that smooth and glossy look. Solid wood is best to use to attain that upscale look without the high price tag. Its other advantage is the fact that it can resist water. [Continue Reading…]

A Smart Way To Store Knives

In our last post, we looked at an innovative and efficient way to store and label spices. Now, we’ll look at another brilliant way to store and display your kitchen knives!


If cooking is your passion, you see every meal an opera, and every dish a masterpiece in the making. Thus, the maestro needs the tools of his artistry ready and within reach as he slices, dices, juliennes, and chops his way to success. Storing knives in a cupboard used to work for your grandparents and great-grandparents, but this method just won’t do for you, oh no.

Instead of drawers or even wooden blocks, why not install a magnetic strip on your kitchen wall to store and display your knives? Not only will you be able to keep these knives accessible, you will also have an interesting display that makes for instant art. This style of storage will also let you tell at a glance whether your knives need sharpening and maintenance. Make sure your magnetic strip has a strong grip on your knives for safety, and you’re all set.

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Smart Spice Rack!


Last post, we talked about some smart space-saving ideas around your kitchen. Today, we’ll focus on another great idea you can apply to your spice rack and more!


Do you love cooking? Do you feel right at home in the kitchen? Do you consider your secret super-hero persona would wear a toque instead of a cape? Does your patronus wield a wooden spoon or spatula? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then I think we can safely say you are a certified kitchen buff, and you know it!

I can tell that you are also quite serious when it comes to your tools and cooking condiments. You know exactly where the Sriracha is, and can navigate your cupboard even with your eyes closed. However, have you ever felt you wasted precious time inspecting the sides of every spice container to see if you have the right one? Here’s a handy tip that can help you organize your spice for optimal cooking efficiency. Plus, it’ll make your kitchen even 20% cooler!

Get some blackboard chalk – if you don’t have any, you mix a cup of acrylic paint and one-and-a-half tablespoons of tile grout. Take a brush and paint the tops of each spice cap evenly and let dry for half an hour or so. Now, you can label your spice containers with chalk, and know which is which at a glance!

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