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Before you gut your kitchen, try this instead

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You don’t need to gut your kitchen to get the most for your home. High ticket renovations rarely pay off in the short-term. Simple, affordable improvements breath new life into tired spaces.

Not all kitchen updates need a contractor or a total kitchen shutdown. Many require no demo day at all. Here are three easy updates you can tackle over a weekend. If you are willing to watch enough how-to videos, you can even tackle these all yourself.

Certain styles, shapes and colors anchor your kitchen to a certain period. Does your kitchen feel like it should be Under the Tuscan Sun? May be it feels SO 2002. Replacing your handles and pulls requires nothing more than new hardware and a screwdriver. Handles and pulls are high visibility and high touch – so you will literally feel the difference!

Measuring: Because you are replacing hardware and the cabinets are already drilled, make sure to measure the pulls before you buy replacements. You may need to remove a pull to get an accurate measurement.

With kitchen renovations you can replace everything and the kitchen sink. But you don’t need to rip everything out. Really. Replace your kitchen faucet. You can find beautiful faucets at every price point.

To pull this off: The key is matching (and covering) the existing countertop cuts. If there is one hole, choose a faucet with the same.

Hint: you can do this in your bathrooms too.

Chandeliers and pendants can feel like little time machines with light bulbs. They are also easy to swap out. Your place will have a whole new look and feel with this simple update.

It is such a fun place to go bold and showcase your personal style. Personally, I have a penchant for ultra-modern light and hints of a space odyssey. I know it’s not for everyone, but if we were to sell our home I know its an easy swap.

Hint: If you want to keep this simple, make sure to replace like for like. Check how many electrical connections there are before you purchase and measure drop-down from the ceiling to avoid returns.

Hoping for a bigger transformation? These improvements also pay off:

  • Interior paint
  • New Counter-tops (if you do this, you could also replace sink)
  • Painted cabinet fronts
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Smith Cove is a small, sheltered body of water and a place in Magnolia. A cove is also an architectural arch.


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