Kitchen & Bath

24-Hour Kitchen Facelift

Is your kitchen looking a little worn? Turn your Saturday into Satur-DIY, and with a few simple do-it-yourself updates you can spruce up your kitchen—and spirits—in no time at all. Small changes don’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Here are a few ideas that don’t take much time or money for a 24-hour kitchen facelift:

Fabulous Fixtures

Start by upgrading your faucet, especially since an old or broken one can age your kitchen by decades. Pulldown faucets have become one of the most popular choices for their convenience and high-arc styling, and the Boutique pulldown kitchen faucet from Moen is an attractive example. It combines functionality and style, allowing users to easily switch between several water flow patterns, including spray or aerated stream, or Moen’s pause button. Boutique is also available in the today’s most popular finishes for an added level of sophistication.

Walls that Say Wow

Spice up boring kitchen walls with a bold new hue. Not sure where to get inspiration? Take a cue from the colour experts and designers at Pratt & Lambert paints, who recently released their 2012 colour trends with a palette titled “Echo” that features classic, bold colours.

Luxurious Lighting

Shed new light on your kitchen by forgoing the fluorescents and replacing them with pendant-style fixtures above task areas, such as the kitchen island or countertops. A chandelier can be an ideal addition above table areas to create a focal point and dress up the entire room’s décor.

Add Storage and Style with Shelves

Installing shelves in your kitchen is a great way to add more space, as well as to create a new look. Install shelves over your sink or around the perimeter of your kitchen to keep countertops clear and uncluttered.

Customized Cabinets

With just a few materials and hours, you can refinish or reface your kitchen cabinets. The process is quite simple; just remove the old finish by sanding the fronts of the cabinets. Then either stain or repaint them to achieve your desired look.

Update Appliance Appearances

A stainless steel finish can instantly transform and upgrade the look of your kitchen. If purchasing new kitchen appliances isn’t in the budget, a coat of specialty paint may be just what the doctor ordered.

While it may seem like a daunting task at first, these easy, one-day kitchen picker-uppers can provide a refreshing expression that you and your family are sure to love. More information is available online at

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