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Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen

Friday, February 12th, 2010

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One of the top remodeling projects is increasing the size of small kitchen. What if you would rather not spend the money on an expensive kitchen remodel? There are several ways you can maximize your kitchen workspace and decorate it to appear larger.

Here are 5 tricks for making a small kitchen feel larger, courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens:

  • Decorate with white. When walls, cabinets and countertops are white, the kitchen will appear to be more spacious.
  • Use exposed storage.┬áRemove some cabinet doors or replace them with glass doors. When the cabinets are well-organized, this will add a feeling of depth to the walls.
  • Maximize available natural light by keeping window treatments minimal. User shutters, blinds or curtains that can be easily opened during the day.
  • Raise the focus. Make ceiling appear higher by drawing the eye upward with crown molding or decorative displays (such as a plate collection) near the ceiling.
  • Remove clutter from counters and shelves. This is one of the most effective ways to increase your workspace and make your kitchen appear roomier. Give away unnecessary appliances and collectibles or find an out-of-sight place to store them.
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    Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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    When a kitchen remodel is considered, the kitchen cabinets are usually at the top of the list of things to change. Installing new cabinets can really drive up the price of a kitchen remodel, especially when custom cabinets are required. One alternative to new cabinets is refacing. The refacing process can be completed in a day or two. It involves removing the existing cabinet doors and drawer fronts, painting them or adding new veneers, and then replacing them. The doors and drawer fronts can also be replaced completely at a much lower cost than installing new cabinets. Once the cabinets have been refaced, they can be further modernized by replacing the hardware.

    For more remodeling ideas, see this earlier post for ideas for dining room remodeling.

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