Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates

Kitchen Design Quick Fixes

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist

Trying to update your kitchen design without a lot of effort? As you plan a cabinet refacing project, consider changing the kitchen sink, faucet, and cabinet hardware. These changes will make a big impact on your kitchen design.

Try Undermount Kitchen Sink

A new kitchen sink can dramatically change your overall kitchen design. One popular style today is the undermount sink that fits under the countertop. This is popular with granite countertops, as it adds a sleek, upscale look. For as little as $75, you can buy an undermount kitchen sink to update the kitchen design.

Consider Trendy Kitchen Faucets Finishes

The selection in kitchen faucets has changed dramatically during the past 5 years. Instead of shiny brass faucets, the popular faucets are those that add a subtle, upscale feel to the kitchen design. In an older home, look for a finish that adds an aged look, such as weathered brass or oil-rubbed bronze. Also consider:
  • Kitchen faucets with tall arches.
  • Built-in sprayers for rinsing pots and pans.

Most Kitchen faucets are priced from $50 to $500.

Get Eclectic With Cabinet Hardware

When shopping for cabinet hardware, consider styles that will add a contrast with your cabinet refacing. Among the popular cabinet hardware designs are circular pulls with a satin nickel finish and chunky wrought-iron knobs with a rustic style. Cabinet hardware is priced from $2 to $25 per piece, making it an economical kitchen cabinet update.

Coordinate With Kitchen Cabinet Style

As you look for kitchen fixtures, make sure to buy materials that blend with the cabinet refacing style. If you want a light, bright kitchen, try cabinet refacing with maple or birch kitchen cabinets. Also consider:
  • A kitchen sink in white or cream.
  • A kitchen faucet without much texture or height.
  • Cabinet hardware in aged brass or a white porcelain finish.

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