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Hero kitchen renos that work

February 15, 2018

Geyser GF51-S coiled-spring kitchen faucet
can immediately update a kitchen.

You are a renovation contractor and a homeowner wants you to transform their kitchen, but they have a shoestring budget.
If you want to remain a hero in their eyes, and perhaps get referrals, there are some ways to makeover a kitchen fast and relatively inexpensively.

Switch out the faucet: There are some exciting new designs in kitchen faucets. Moen’s new Arbor, with a single handle and pull-down spray head is minimalistic cool, while the spring-coiled Geyser GF51-S has an edgy commercial look that would make a signature statement.

Replace the cabinet handles: This is a quick, cheap fix that can make a big difference. Try stainless steel or button knobs for a contemporary look.

Paint the cabinets: The National Kitchen and Bath Association says colours are finally getting away from white this year into blues and greens as examples. Since cabinets often dominate a kitchen, a colour change would make a huge difference in the way it looks.

Install a backsplash: A tour of kitchen showrooms will provide plenty of fresh ideas, from glass to stone and ceramic tiles that can transform a kitchen look.

Add new lighting: Not pot lights, since they may cost too much on a tight budget. Rather think of under cabinet or spot lights for work areas, and perhaps a contemporary metallic light swung over the snack area.


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