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Inexpensive Kitchen Makeover: Four Steps to a Mission Look

by Susanne Clemenz

If the economy makes your dream of an Arts & Crafts style kitchen seem impossible, a minor kitchen makeover can tide you over until you can do a complete kitchen remodel. Keep your dream alive by changing just a few key features.

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A Kitchen Makeover with a Nod to Frank Lloyd Wright

  1. Cabinets: If you have medium to dark oak cabinets, study the doors. If they have a simple frame around a plain panel, change the hardware. The black wrought iron handles and pulls typical of Mission kitchens are widely available. If your cabinets are light-toned with ornate doors, reface them with new Craftsman style doors. Applying matching laminate to existing cabinet cases completes the look.
  2. Lighting: Everything from your track lighting to focal point pendant over a sink or kitchen island is available in various Mission style looks. You needn't sacrifice good task lighting for the sake of style. Use Wright style geometric stained glass, Bungalow styles with art nouveau vine-like accents, hanging wood or metal lanterns, or a mica accent light.
  3. Floors or countertops: Decide which of these two elements most detracts from Mission style. Keep the tile countertops and replace the cutesy vinyl flooring, or keep your simple flooring and geta laminate countertop that resembles slate or soapstone. Use an exposed wood edge.
  4. Decorations: Get rid of clutter. Let cabinet lines, lighting accents, maybe a Craftsman window over the sink create a feeling of warmth and serenity.

Prioriize your kitchen makeover elements and do them one at a time. Then get started on that Mission look this month!


About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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