Kitchen Facelift: A Few Pieces Make a BIG Difference

Kitchen Facelift: Upscale Pieces Make the DifferenceIs your kitchen ready for a makeover? Mine is! In 2008, we put our house up for sale. For six months, I did nothing but paint, clean, and fix every last thing in my house. When we couldn’t get a price we could accept, my only consolation was that at least I could enjoy the fruits of all that hard labor! But, it’s been years since the overhaul. Since it looks like we are staying, I’ve continued to improve other rooms in the house, but the kitchen has remained basically the same. So, this Spring, it’s time for a little kitchen facelift!

If I had to define the style of my kitchen I would consider it French Country (heavy on the country). A massive, open oak hutch dominates one wall, a working island is the hub around which all activity centers, and the tops of the cabinets house my collection of vintage kitchen accessories including a French enamel coffeepot, primitive baskets, and turn of the century bakeware.

Sometimes even a small update can make a big difference. Change paint. Add a chandelier. Replace the backsplash. Suddenly, everything looks brighter and newer!

Of course, if you are not looking for a big project, but still want to freshen things up, I suggest small furnishings and accessories. I love freestanding furniture in the kitchen. A hutch can add a decorative element, plus offers great storage. An antique dresser topped with granite makes a unique island. Or, add a splash of color with curtains, pretty tea towels or artwork.

I’ve created a personal Wish List of pieces that are both functional and beautiful. What does your kitchen makeover look like?

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  • Kalco satin nickel lighting (
  • Oval Wooden Monogrammed M Cutting Board (
  • Sur La Table kitchen linen (
  • Sur La Table serveware (
  • Pillivuyt teapot (
  • Glass plate (
  • Chicken home decor (
  • Powell kitchen island (

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