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Five Kitchen Tune Up Ideas for Any Kitchen

by Susanne Clemenz

Today's backsplashes can create a dramatic kitchen tune up. Easily installed mesh-backed mosaic tile sheets create stunning textures in your kitchen. Choose from subtle to wow! Here are a few amid countless options:

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  • Ceramic tiles with intriguing patterns, uniform or multi-colored
  • Glass tiles--pebbled, crackled, basket weave, narrow bands, and other sparkling styles
  • Brick and terracotta styles, plus glazed inset tiles for accents
  • Metal with stone tiles arranged intricately on web backing

New countertops coordinated with the backsplash create a custom kitchen look.

  • Laminates are durable, and can look like granite, marble, stone, or lovely sweeps of color and texture.
  • Solid-surface synthetics can be seamless and are very repairable, since the color is throughout.
  • Concrete countertops can conform to any shape.
  • Butcher block countertops look warm, and cuts can be sanded out and oiled.
  • Granite countertops feature rich colors and a clean, glossy surface.

Modern kitchen lighting has come a long way, baby!

  • Highlight your backsplash with task lighting tucked under overhead cabinets.
  • Curved, dropped, and other modern kitchen track lighting is colorful and delightful.
  • Add a pendant light over the sink or kitchen island.

Replace outdated cabinet hardware with new handles and pulls.

You may be shocked to see how the look of your kitchen can be transformed by simply installing fresh new hardware on your drawers and cabinets.

Complete the kitchen tune up by refacing your cabinet doors.

Change from country to Craftsman, from plain slabs to raised panels, or whatever suits your preferences.

Any of these ideas can jazz up your kitchen while improving your home's value. Visit a home supply store and explore the Web to start gathering ideas.

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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