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Try These Five Popular Kitchen Makeovers

by Kelly Richardson

Wondering what your neighbors have been doing in their kitchens lately? They may be redoing this space to meet their needs--or to simply give it a more modern look. Go from ordinary to extraordinary with these five dynamic kitchen makeovers.

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1. Cabinet Refacing
A striking kitchen makeover can start with cabinet refacing. If your budget just won't allow for new cabinets, you can make the old like new for close to a quarter of the price. Refacing involves covering the cabinet doors and sides with fresh materials. This may be a moderately difficult project, so getting some professional help is nothing to be ashamed of.

2. Countertop Replacing
Next to cabinets, countertops draw a lot of attention. Considering that countertop materials exist at every price point, coming in under budget is very possible. According to HGTV, here are some common countertop prices for your kitchen makeover:

  • Wood. $30 to $150 per square foot, installed
  • Stainless steel. $85 to $150 per square foot, installed
  • Natural stone. $30 to $150 per linear foot, installed
  • Laminate. $25 to $60 per linear foot, installed
  • Granite. $100 to $200 per linear foot, installed
  • Concrete. $75 to $200 per linear foot, installed

3. Appliance Installation
Many homeowners are making eco-friendly appliances the focal point of their kitchen makeovers. Dishwashers, food disposals, and ovens have become more productive using less energy than ever before. While the sticker price may be a bit higher, the monthly energy bill savings can make up for that initial expense over time.

4. Reflooring
Hardwood floors may be all the rage, but you'll also find a wide selection of wood-like materials that look great and cost less. Also, you can do this job yourself using models with interlocking connections. Simply measure your floor, lay down the synthetic wood tiles, and match the connectors. If you're focused, you can do this project in just a weekend.

5. Lighting Design
Recessed lighting can have a big influence on the mood of your kitchen. Plus, it actually uses less energy than that glaring overhead light. Designing and installing this type of lighting can be another particularly involved project--think electrical work. You may want to hire a contractor with experience running wires and connecting switches.

So there you have it--a kitchen makeover list of five popular projects that have DIYers and professional contractors busy year-round. All it takes is a little money, some creativity, and the desire for something better in your kitchen space. Now, get remodeling!


About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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