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8 Ways to Spruce up a Kitchen

We love our homes but sometimes other things take priority and they are neglected. If your kitchen is looking tired, but there aren’t funds for a full remodel, here are
some ways you can spruce it up for a fresh look.

1. Install a new backsplash
2. Upgrade cabinet and drawer knobs. If new knobs would break the budget,
remove and spray paint silver before reinstalling.
3. Add a single open shelf. In general open shelves require more maintenance
than cabinets, but a single shelf with attractive accessories can be a focal
4. Nothing dates a kitchen more than outdated lighting fixtures. Consider
under-cabinet strip lighting, or updating the fixture over the dining area.
5. Accessorize—a pretty throw rug, an attractive appliance an interesting spice
6. Paint the cabinets. Wood is out; paint is in. If you also replace or spray the
knobs, no one will know they aren’t entirely new.
7. Door knobs and lighting are not the only candidates for replacement. A new
sink faucet in an updated style can change the whole vibe of the room.
8. Organize your storage. Use drawer and shelf dividers. Store like foods, like
snacks, which can clutter counters, in baskets in your cabinet for quick

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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