This is a great time of year to spend time giving the kitchen a bit of a makeover. If you are not able to execute a full scale kitchen remodel because of associated costs, then consider a "Light Remodel"! A Light Remodel can be anything from a simple cabinet reface, appliance purchase, paint, and/or new lighting, to a simple cabinet refresh and some paint.
If you have wood cabinets that have a tired stain finish, you can give the cabinets new life with a great product called Restor-A-Finish by Howard Products. We used to sell the entire line when we had a brick and mortar store and it flew off the shelves. People would regularly come back and give rave reviews of the product. It is available in a wide variety of colors as well as neutral. It isn't really a stain per say. It does however, penetrate the clear coat finish and smooths out scratches, water stains and evens out sun bleached stains. It really is pretty amazing stuff. I have used it myself on furniture. My sister and friends have also used it on their cabinets and interior wood trim and wow...what a difference it made. For an even greater change, consider painting your cabinets. You can also change out some of the doors with glass insert doors.
The next step in sprucing up those kitchen cabinets is to change out the door hardware. If you currently have a single hole pull, then it is very easy to change out the pulls. If you always wanted hand pulls rather than the single pull, then you can use the existing hole and drill a new hole for the hand pull. Remember, hand pulls can be mounted vertically as well as horizontally. Lets say that you want to change out your existing polished brass pulls with oil rubbed bronze pulls but your hinges are also polished brass. You can order new hinges in the bronze finish or you can simply spray paint them! My sister did. She kept the existing pulls and just painted them with a satin nickel paint.
Oak Park Home & Hardware offers some very nice cabinet knob and pull designs from Craftsman style cabinet hardware to Contemporary style cabinet hardware.
Another great way to bring new life into a kitchen is with new lighting. A single ceiling light can make a big statement and quite possibly bring more light into the room. Consider a ceiling light fixture with 2-4 sockets. 4 sockets at 60 watts each will give you a total of 240 watts of light. Many of the fixtures we offer are available in a variety of glass and finish options. A nice white glass is great for a kitchen light. Here's just a few great lights for a kitchen ceiling (remember...any glass, any finish).