Install a New Faucet
A kitchen facelift can start with a fresh new faucet that spruces up your sink, and it might even save you a few cents on the water bill. Installing a new faucet takes an afternoon's work or less and is an affordable upgrade. Choose a faucet that matches your sink and kitchen theme, making sure it will fit into the sink's hole pattern. Also, think about how you use the sink. If you hand-wash dishes, for example, you might appreciate a powerful and easy-to-access spray nozzle. If you rely on a portable dishwasher, make sure the faucet will attach. Faucets run from $50 to more than $500 and are available at home-improvement stores. Installation requires basic tools and a willingness to work on the floor in an upside down position for a few minutes when wrenching in the hardware.
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Add a Backsplash
There's nothing like the luster of tile to make a kitchen more beautiful. A backsplash above the stove, behind the sink, or above a countertop is a sure way to express your creativity and catch some grease. Most of the work is in designing a backsplash that suits your needs and your kitchen space. Consider the measurements of the area, the materials you like and can afford and the labor involved with installation. If working with ceramic tile, you might need a wet saw, grout and caulk, among other supplies. Take a more simple approach with the peel-and-stick panels now available in home-improvement stores. You can cut away excess and align the tiles before adhering them to the wall. Tile isn't the only option—today's kitchen backsplashes might be made of stainless steel panels, aluminum wallpaper or reclaimed wood.