The small things add up to one beautiful looking kitchen. Photo Credit: At Home in Scottsdale
If there were an awards gala for kitchen features, then oven ranges, refrigerators and dishwashers would be on the edge of their seat every year. Granite would most certainly be in the hall of fame and oak cabinets would receive the lifetime achievement award. Yet just like the Oscars, Emmys, or any award show, there are forgotten heroes that are essential to industry -- or in this case the kitchen -- but that continually float under the radar.
You can upgrade every major appliance in the kitchen, then install new cabinets, countertops, and flooring, but until these forgotten features are taken care of something will always feel out of place.
Toaster ovens sit on countertops across the nation but are more background than anything else. Still, a quality toaster oven upgrade can make quite a difference in the kitchen. Besides looking sleeker and more versatile than toaster ovens past, remember that toaster ovens use much less energy than conventional ovens, and they are much faster. Perhaps it is time to remember our forgotten toaster ovens!
Cabinet hardware is often overshadowed by the cabinets themselves, but are critical to the look and feel of any kitchen. Not only that, they can easily be replaced. Cabinet hardware is as diverse as any kitchen accessory, with styles ranging from vintage to modern and everything in between.
Drawer hardware consists of the tracks that enable (or inhibit) easy opening and closing. While these important pieces of hardware are very much behind the scenes, they make the difference between frustration and relaxation in the kitchen. Depending on the age and type of drawer suspensions, the slides can be very easy to replace. You could also upgrade with drawer dampers to prevent slamming and ease the stress on the drawer face and hardware alike.
New Furniture may sound a little strange when discussing kitchen upgrades, but many kitchens have quite a bit of furniture...or could use some. Kitchen carts, sideboards, and small bistro tables are some options.
When talking about forgotten kitchen features it is most important to remember that a kitchen is an entire package. Everything in it is a choice, from the silverware to the cabinets. Now, it is very easy and understandable that we get caught up in the extent and expense of a kitchen remodel. The great thing about these and other forgotten upgrades is that they can be done without upsetting the kitchen itself and are relatively inexpensive.
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