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Keep Your New Kitchen Looking New


This isn’t about choosing the right cleaning product to keep new stainless steel appliances fingerprint-free. This is about the thinking you should be doing before you start making any final remodeling decisions so that your kitchen keeps looking fresh and current for years to come.

The first thought to consider comes from John Petrie, 2013 president-elect of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and owner of MH Custom Cabinetry in Mechanicsburg, PA. Why are you doing this remodeling project? Or better yet, for whom are you doing it?

Whether you’re looking to remodel as a way of enhancing your personal enjoyment of your home or because you’re planning to sell the house will make a big difference on the decisions you have to make right now.

If you’re looking to sell and move out, then you’ll be making cost-conscious decisions that will help you get the most return on your investment while appealing to the most potential buyers. But if you’re looking to stay put, you’ll be more open to making choices that are more aesthetically pleasing to you.


Here are some tips on what to think about depending on your personal situation:

  • Paint colors: Selling? Choose neutral colors. Not selling? Let your tastes and wallet dictate.   
  • Replace old solid surface countertops with quartz or granite.
  • Replace old-fashioned frost finish or glass fronts on oak cabinets.
  • Hiding countertop appliances in ‘appliance garages’ is out. Leaving them visible on the counter is in.
  • Popular as recently as 2012, farm sinks are no longer desired.
  • The modern alternative to rarely used kitchen desks is a notebook and pen drawer and an electronic device charging station.
  • 4-inch backsplashes are now being replaced with ones that go all the way up to the cabinet above.
  • Trash compactors and on-the-counter microwave ovens are both passé.
  • And with stainless still the number one choice over colored appliances, that need for a stainless cleaner may be relevant after all.