Reface Appliances

Reface appliances rather than replace them. For the fridge, use a custom stainless-steel or acrylic frame-and-panel kit. Updating the look of a dishwasher or trash compactor can be as simple as flipping over its existing center panel. Many older models have reversible panels with white on one side and black or beige on the other.

Cost: $439 for a frame-and-panel kit at Frigo Design.

Savings: $360: on the fridge, based on the cost of a new $799 Whirlpool 25.1-cubic-foot side-by-side model in white at Sears.

Bonus: Some panel kits include new matching handles.
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