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by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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Looking for a dramatic transformation of your kitchen design? Why not take the work beyond cabinet refacing and add some of these top 5 kitchen design projects?

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The kitchen cabinets are by far the largest visual element in your kitchen design. Cabinet refacing can help take them from worn to spectacular in just a few days. This type of change, however, can leave other kitchen design elements looking out of date. Consider also adding some of these top 5 kitchen design projects:

1) Kitchen Countertop
The kitchen countertop is an important work and visual surface. During a cabinet refacing, try adding a new countertop in one of these popular materials:
  • Granite
  • Solid surface
  • Laminate
  • Soapstone

2) The Kitchen Sink
The kitchen sink is the workhorse of the kitchen and can show the wear and tear after many years. If your kitchen sink is more than 10 years old it also may be from a different design era. Among the popular kitchen sinks are:
  • Stainless steel - this sleek metal blends well with kitchen appliances. Try shiny stainless steel and more muted sink finishes, depending on your kitchen design goals.
  • Solid surface - a seamless sink material that is easy to clean and adds an upscale look.
  • Cast iron - the old fashioned favorite is durable and sold in neutral colors.

3) The Kitchen Faucet
Kitchen faucets have taken on a sleek new look, with a variety of warm metal finishes, such as:
  • Satin nickel
  • Oil rubbed bronze
  • Brushed chrome
  • Brushed nickel

4) The Kitchen Floor
When refacing cabinets, look for a kitchen floor to blend with your wood choices. Natural wood has become a popular option in species such as maple and cherry. Depending on your cabinet refacing choices, you can match or add contrast. There also are many vinyl and ceramic tile patterns that will blend well with cabinet refacing.

5) Kitchen Replacement Windows
New replacement windows also can boost your kitchen design. Look for energy efficient replacement windows in a variety of sizes and shapes.

As you plan a cabinet refacing project, look around the kitchen for other areas to transform. By selecting a few of these top 5 projects, you can make a dramatic change in your kitchen design.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home-improvement columns for 15 years.

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