The Kitchen: Your new favorite room

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You may not realize it, but your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your house. The kitchen is where you often entertain guests, have family dinners, try new recipes, and start traditions. Sometimes, whether it’s due to functionality or aesthetics, our experiences in the kitchen can be somewhat less than enjoyable. Whether you’re a wizard in the kitchen or an expert with the takeout menus, here are some tips to help transform your kitchen into your new favorite room.

Put a lid on it

Does this sound familiar? You throw a party or cook a large meal and it’s time to pack up all the leftovers, you reach for the tupperware, but it’s impossible to find a matching container and lid. What ensues is a scramble to find any container that will work and it often ends with rubber bands or scotch tape. That’s a recipe for disaster.

This may sound like common sense, but organize your tupperware. Put all matching tops and bottoms together and throw out any containers that don’t have a match. Then comes the hard part, keep it that way. You’ll thank yourself next time your on cleanup duty.

Everything, plus the kitchen sink

Whether you’re washing fruit, scrubbing pots, or rinsing crystal, you’re at the sink. So, if you don’t have an extendable or pull-down faucet, get one. A stationary faucet monopolizes the back portion of your sink and often makes it tough to clean large pans. With an extendable or pull down faucet, you can clean just about anything. It’s easy to install and will make your washing, rinsing, and scrubbing much easier!

Give your cabinets a facelift

You don’t necessarily have to spend tons of money on outdated cabinets. Try painting or refacing your cabinets with new doors for a fresh look at a much lower cost. Refacing your cabinets often takes significantly less time than replacing your cabinets and you will still have use of your kitchen during the resfacing process.

A Kitchen fit for a Queen (or King)
Crown molding can immediately add elegance and sophistication to any room. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a more polished look either above the cabinets or along the bottom of the wall (or both).

Shed some light on the matter

If you watch the Food Network, you’ll know that most professional chefs tell us to engage all of our senses when we cook. That becomes difficult if you can’t see. Installing a few lighting fixtures underneath the cabinets will illuminate counter tops and decrease chopping– related injuries.

Try these tips to help make the time you spend in the kitchen more enjoyable. Once your kitchen is more functional, you may actually look forward to preparing a meal or hosting a party.

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