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Kitchen Without Spending A Fortune

We all want a beautiful kitchen. It’s where you cook, eat and gather to mingle. There’s no denying that a full kitchen remodel is one project you need to diligently plan, prepare and save up for before you commit.

Don’t let assumptions that you can’t afford it stop you from building the kitchen of your dreams in your current space. There are plenty of tips, tricks and updates that’ll have you smiling ear to ear when you see the final outcome. Prepare yourself for sensible ideas that’ll make it possible for you to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune.

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Mix & Match

Kitchen upgrades don’t always have to involve high-end features that all look the same. Mixing and matching materials, colors, designs and patterns will give your kitchen a brand new look without the extra money and fuss it takes to find identical styles. That’s all you have to do; think outside the box. Leather chairs mixed with fabrics, wood mixed with tile, stainless steel and different shades of paint will give your kitchen a facelift with character.

Strategically Display & Decorate

There’s so much you can do to spruce up your kitchen when you put in the effort to decorate it nicely. A few ideas that are simple and budget-friendly include adding a colorful area rug, dressing up your walls with eye-catching images and adding greenery and fresh flowers. Open shelving displays and storage around your kitchen island allow you to show off your favorite pieces and help control clutter.

Shiny Clean Stove Tips

unduhan-5If there’s one spot in the kitchen homeowners fear cleaning the most, it’s their stove. It’s great for cooking a warm meal, but unfortunately, it’s also very good at collecting grime and grease.

The reason most people don’t like cleaning their stove is because they’re not sure the best way to go about it. Don’t let lack of knowledge stop you from having a tidy kitchen. Make your cooktop look brand new with these four secrets to a shiny-clean stove.

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1. Get In The Habit Of Cleaning Your Stovetop

Habits are regular tendencies or practices that are frequently hard to give up. One habit I think we can all relate to is not cleaning the stove. I think it’s time to change your ways and spruce up your stove (this includes me too). This article is the perfect opportunity to review the proper steps and form a positive habit of consistently cleaning your stove. After going through the motions a few times and recognizing how good it feels to have a clean stove, you may find you don’t mind the chore as much as you once thought.

Set yourself up for success by making sure you’re always prepared to remove dirt and grease from the stovetop. Reserve one sponge (preferably with a soft side and an abrasive side) for stove cleaning. After you’ve done the dishes and cleaned the counter, get in the habit of heading over to your stovetop and cleaning it with soapy water and the sponge. Prevent crud buildup by getting in the habit of cleaning your stovetop every time you cook.

2. Secure The Right Tools

Did you know they make ovens with a self-cleaning function that allows you to clean the inside with a push of a button? If this is something you feel would benefit you, you may want to look into upgrading your stove altogether. If you won’t be purchasing a new stove anytime soon, don’t worry. There are plenty of other tips and tricks to use, as long as you have the right tools handy.

If your stove doesn’t have a self-clean option, then loosen up food particles using a different method. Put a bowl of boiling water into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes with the door closed. The steam will loosen up dried messes and make for much easier clean up. In addition, oven cleaner, a Mr. Clean Eraser, WD40, soaking it in ammonia and scraping gunk off the flat surface with a razor are all alternative options.

3. Use A Natural Degreaser

There are also many great solutions for those of you who prefer to use natural cleaners in your home. Coconut oil is not only good for your hair and skin, but your stove too. Make a degreaser and watch the grime disappear. For the best natural degreaser, use two-part baking soda to one-part coconut oil and add two to three drops of orangeessential oil.

Another easy solution is to sprinkle your stove with baking soda and lemon juice. In fact, there are many household productsthat can quickly be prepared naturally instead of needing to purchase them in the store. Produce items in bulk, cut costs and lay your mind to rest knowing you’re cleaning with products that are safe for you and your family.

“Vinegar is an effective sanitizer; liquid soap is a great stain remover and degreaser; baking soda makes a gentle abrasive and lightener for tough stains; and essential oils add a clean scent — mix them together and they make the perfect degreaser for your kitchen,” says the The Kitchn.

4. Maintain & Protect

Regular maintenance and upkeep does wonders for keeping your home a safe and healthy place to live. Prevention and a proactive approach will save you headaches down the road. Clean as you go and after each meal you cook on the stove. Experts recommend cleaning your stovetop when it’s warm for the best results. If you’d like to start fresh with a deep clean, then call a cleaning pro to get you started on the right foot.

Take the initiative and make the process easy on yourself by reserving one sponge (preferably with a soft side and an abrasive side) for stove cleaning. Do the dishes, sanitize the counter and get in the habit of cleaning your stovetop with soapy water and the sponge as your final task. Consistently wiping down your dirty stove will prevent crud buildup. I’ve also read that you can cover your stovetop in car wax for protection.

Cabinet Trends To Watch

All home remodeling trends come and go, but when you’re talking about the most trafficked room of the house, some say the heart of the home, it’s vital to know what others are doing in case you ever decide to sell.

Kitchen cabinet trends have not changed as much as other areas around the kitchen, such as kitchen countertops, but a few dominant trends have taken shape in 2015. Fortunately enough, many experts agree that most of the kitchen cabinet trends discussed below are not going away in 2016.

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1. Personalized Cabinets

First and foremost, despite any of these trends, many homeowners are adding cabinet styles, colors and functions that fit their needs and desires. As time has evolved, cabinet companies have come up with numerous styles that match any home design or style. As a result, even homeowners who can afford them are passing over custom cabinets for more affordable, yet design-friendly, semi-custom cabinets.

Overall, in today’s world, there is no cookie-cutter kitchen cabinet design. Ask any kitchen expert for hot designs and they will almost certainly say that personalization and tailored designs are sticking around through 2015, into 2016.

2. Clean Lines & Subtle Design

Two other dominant trends for kitchen cabinets are clean lines and subtle designs. To ensure design flexibility in the long term, cabinet door styles have become simpler, using clean lines. As the modern style continues to gain steam, clean lines and subtle designs make ideal sense for anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen cabinets.

Matching another kitchen remodeling trend, clean lines go perfectly with black and white kitchens. As I noted in Kitchen Remodeling Trends For 2015-16, black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. Clean lines, along with black and white kitchens, can also offset the tension between rustic, modern and transitional kitchens.

3. Shaker Style

Along with the classic black and white, shaker style cabinets have remained in vogue for years. At first glance, some associate shaker as a plain, square design that doesn’t leave much room for imagination. However, many more attractive versions of the shaker have come to life since the 1800s.

One way to install terrific shaker cabinets is by using premium quality wood. With its simple design, shaker cabinets let the wood or material do the talking. Just like a knife does the work when you’re cutting an onion, the wood tends to speak the loudest when it comes to shaker cabinets.

Just how prevalent are shaker cabinets?

“Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a white painted-wood shaker door with a square picture and simple recessed center,” Anthony Maucieri, president of East Hill Cabinetry said.