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Cheap and Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen

by Advance Financial | October 21st, 2016

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When it comes to updating your kitchen, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a major difference. With a little creativity and some elbow grease you can give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank and without having to hire a handy man. Below are some easy and cheap ways to make your kitchen magazine worthy.

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Give outdated appliances a faux stainless steel look with stainless steel film paper. This adhesive paper comes in rolls like wallpaper and easily transfers over to refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, and other appliances smoothly. A roll of paper will cost anywhere from $30 to $50 bucks. Click here to shop for this faux stainless steel film adhesive.

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It may sound like a lot of work to paint all your kitchen cabinets, but it’s a lot easier and cheaper than you might think. You can actually buy a cabinet paint kit at a hardware store, or go full out DIY and buy the paint and supplies yourself and spend anywhere from $50-$75. There are many different paints and finishes you can use but if you’re not the best painter we recommend using the highly popular chalk paint. Chalk paint is one of the easiest paints to apply and will leave your cabinets with a smooth finish. For more tips on painting your cabinets, click here.

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This is where things can get expensive when renovating a kitchen, but if you’re looking for and easy way to make your existing counter tops look like new, purchase a counter top paint kit. You can buy these kits at practically any hardware store and they offer multiple color combinations. It’s and easy process of lightly sanding your counter tops, and painting them with the durable epoxy paint kit that resembles stone. Click here to see some of the options available for countertop paint kits.

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The one thing that will probably have the most dramatic affect is painting the walls in the kitchen. If you’re trying to open up your kitchen and make it look larger, than we recommend going with a lighter color that compliments your cabinets. Painting a room will take a little more time and effort but the results will be worth it if your kitchen has an outdated color. Click here to find out tips on painting your kitchen and picking the perfect color.

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Replacing your kitchen sink faucet and light fixtures will be the small detailed changes that will have a big impact. Instead of paying full price at Home Depot or Lowes, go to a salvage store and get faucets and light fixtures at a big discount. You can even go online and search sites like Craig’s List or Facebook buy and sell groups to find used ones that are still fairly new.

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10 Unique Foods to Grill for the Best Cookout on the Block

by Advance Financial | May 26th, 2016

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For most Memorial Day cookouts it can be expected that two items will always be present. Hamburgers and hotdogs – the staple food used for grilling. Don’t get us wrong, we love some juicy burgers and mustard drenched hotdogs, but what if you kicked it up a notch this year and got creative with your cookout. To help you throw the most memorable Memorial Day cookout ever, we have created a list of foods you might not have considered to throw on the grill. Enjoy.

Ice Cream

Grill something that easily melts if not in the freezer? That’s right, simply scoop out your favorite ice cream into medium sized balls, coat them with a mixture of egg batter and coconut shavings, and place in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. Once frozen throw them on the grill for one to two minutes and BAM! Grilled ice cream.

 Fries

It’s a burger’s favorite companion, just without the deep fryer. Cut up potato slices into wedges and mix in a bowl with olive oil and seasoning. Grill each side 5 to 10 minutes and they’re ready to be served. If you’re looking for a more health conscience version, try using sweet potatoes.

Pizza

Bring a little Italian flare to the cookout by grilling pizza. Buy some pre-made pizza dough, coat it with olive oil and place it on the grill. Take off the grill once you see grill marks, and add desired toppings to the grilled side of the dough. Place pizza back on the grill for two to three minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble.

Meatballs

This is a simple one. Just mix up your favorite meatball recipe and put uncooked meatball on the grill for about 7 minutes. Meatballs should be brown with a crispy shell. Enjoy in pasta or on a sub.

Quesadillas

Ditch the apron and put on a sombrero. Brush tortillas with olive oil and place on the grill. Place toppings on the tortilla and cover grill. In about 7 minutes you will be ready to remove and fold over for the perfect Quesadilla.

Avocado

Is there ever a reason not to add Avocado to a meal? When it comes to grilling simply cut in half (the skin stays on), take out the seed, and coat with olive oil. Place the cut side down on the grill and let cook for about 5 minutes. Fill with salsa or cheese and enjoy.

Bacon

Have no fear, the bacon is here. But if you do fear the mess of frying bacon then grilling it is your key to a grease-free clean up. And since it won’t be sitting in it’s own fat, it will be a healthier version. Cook each slice of bacon for five to six minutes on medium-high heat, crumble it up and add it to your hotdog.

Peaches

Grilled fruit as a dessert, now that sounds just peachy! Cut peach in half , leaving the skin on and removing the seed. Place peach on the grill, skin side up, for about four minutes or until peach is softened and charred. Pair it with some ice cream and you’ve got the perfect grilled dessert.

Banana Split

While we’re on this grilled fruit and ice cream thing, let’s just add the most famous ice cream and fruit combo, the banana split. Take a ripe and firm banana and cut lengthwise with the peel still on. Grill cut-side down for 2-3 minutes, and then remove from heat. Remove the peel and add all the good stuff (ice cream, nuts, chocolate syrup, etc.).

Watermelon

Nothing kicks off the beginning of summer better than a good slice of watermelon. Cover with olive oil and grill each side for three minutes. Sprinkle with salt or sugar and add some lemon juice for a non-traditional version of everyone’s favorite summer snack.

 

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