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Published: Friday, 11/16/2007

Get a Kitchen Makeover in Time for the Holidays

(ARA) - During the upcoming holiday season, the kitchen will be the most frequently used room in the house. You'll be spending countless hours there preparing holiday meals and doing dishes; friends and family will gather there to socialize.

Want to make the room where you're going to be spending so much time more enjoyable? How about giving yourself the gift of a mini-kitchen makeover in time for the holidays?

"When people hear the word makeover, they usually think that means replacing the cabinets, countertops and appliances, which can be an expensive venture, not to mention inconvenient. With all the stress you'll soon be under, why not start small with some dramatic changes that can be made by a do-it-yourselfer in a day or two?" asks Dan Auer, of Decorative Product Source, a leading online retailer of decorative home products.

Among the projects he recommends you consider: painting the walls, updating the lighting fixtures and getting a new kitchen sink and faucet. Not sure what you want to do? Pick up some home magazines, or visit a couple of model homes in your area to get some ideas.

A good place to start is by getting a look at your options for faucets. They come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, designs and finishes. Some of the options include the very common two handle and single handle faucets, pull-out spray faucets, wall mount faucets and pot filler faucets, which are installed on the wall or counter next to the stove to provide easy filling of pots on the stove.

When it comes to the kitchen sink, you'll find a range of single, double and triple bowl as well as specialty sinks that are available with the option of being self-rimming or under mounted. They are available in a wide variety of materials such as stainless steel, composite and cast iron.

While browsing, you'll also find a variety of accessories designed to save time, eliminate counter clutter and help keep areas clean and usable, such as soap dispensers, drain strainers, rinse baskets and pot racks. Cabinet hardware is also available. So are garbage disposals and hot water dispensers. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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