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In this freshly updated edition, we show you dozens of instant-payback projects that make your kitchen brighter and easier to use from painting the walls to updating the lighting, childproofing cabinets and appliances, or installing pull-out shelves to convert a broom closet into an efficient pantry. We also cover some more involved kitchen improvements, such as installing all-new cabinets and countertops or replacing the flooring. These are all projects that can be done by most do-it-yourselfers with moderate skills. And for the most part they require more elbow grease than capital. Because so much activity in kitchens centers around major household appliances, we show you how to hook up and maintain your refrigerator, stove, icemaker, water filter, and more. By doing it yourself you can save money, but you’ll also build the skills to be prepared for an appliance emergency. Plus, you can do the work on your own schedule no setting aside a full day just so you can wait for a delivery or a repair call. For the truly ambitious homeowner who has more advanced carpentry skills, we even show you how to build your own custom cabinets yourself the ultimate 'luxury you can afford'. The Complete Guide to Kitchens reflects the most current design thinking on relevant issues that matter today. Throughout this video, you’ll find pointers about eco-friendly options, shopping tips to clue you in on features to look for, and notes on Universal Design, which creates accessibility for a wide range of people. After all, if your kitchen doesn't After all, if your kitchen it doesn't work no matter how fancy it may look. The kitchen is the most frequently remodeled room in the house. From modest makeovers to down-to-the-studs re-dos, planning and know-how are the variables that make the difference between creating a kitchen that really meets your long-term needs versus one that you'll be remodeling again in a couple of years. The Complete Guide to Kitchens is the best tool you'll buy to ensure that your kitchen project has real staying power.