Ideas for Better Kitchens

Five Ways to a Beautiful New Kitchen
You'll find more than 30 years of practical refacing advice, help and tips on this site. Let's start with 5 ways to a beautiful new kitchen. You could start by simply replacing doors and cabinet fronts without replacing anything else. By simple refacing your wooden fixtures you can change the entire look and feel of a kitchen, and the cost is very reasonable. Another quick and easy makeover is called the Euro look. This involves putting on an almond or white euro style door with continuous oak rail pulls and hidden hinges on your existing boxes. Another option is to paint everything white and add beautiful new brass handles and hinges. Still another option would be to do a complete refacing job yourself. This is time-consuming, but the results can be worthwhile. The fifth option is to order solid core MFD doors and paint them to create your own look. MFD doors are recommended because they have no seams and so do not expand or contract to destroy your paint job. On this site you will also find an very helpful step-by-step article, complete with photos, explaining in detail how to reface your kitchen. There is also a refacing Q&A section that has additional real-life hints and tips to make your refacing project go more smoothly.

Home Decorating Math
Most home decorators need to work within a budget. But in order to figure out what you'll spend, you first have to know what you need. This Math in Daily Life page on home decorating on the Annenberg Learner site provides formulas and easy-to-understand charts and figures to help you measure your floor plan, cabinetry, countertops, lighting preferences and more.

Kitchen Design Ideas
Website includes information about kitchen remodeling and kitchen design. Tips include choosing kitchen flooring such as ceramic tiles and electric floor warming, which is useful in the winter months. A section on elegant countertops gives ideas for installing and choosing granite countertops, marble countertops, wood countertops, and stainless steel countertops. A section about proper kitchen lighting is also featured. A large ceiling fixture, equipped with energy-efficient fluorescent tubes will supply plenty of well-diffused general lighting, but it may leave you working in your own shadow at the sink, range, and countertops. Examples of kitchen lighting fixtures mentioned are track lighting, dimmers, decorative pendants, ceiling fans, under cabinet task lighting, recessed lighting and low-voltage miniature lights. Browse kitchen cabinet ideas, which include wood such as ash, beech, birch, oak, maple and chestnut.

Comprehensive Kitchen Equipment Guide
Kitchens need some equipment in order to function properly. In this section at, there are guides on pots and pans, kabob holders, pizza peels, steamers, ovens, wood planks, measuring cups and spoons, tongs, spatula, and other kitchen utensils. There is also separate article on how to buy a grill, whether you prefer to use gas or charcoal. Another article explains the four types of kitchen knives the chef's knife, paring knife, serrated knife, and the boning knife. There's also this honing steel, which you can use to maintain the sharpness of your knives. Here, you will learn how to use them and how not to use them.

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