Always pay very careful attention to the details. This may be daunting, but mix and match different handles against different cabinets before you make a final decision. You can choose the most spectacular cabinets, but the wrong handles can really ruin the overall finish of your kitchen space.
If your kitchen's ceiling is high enough, you could try upper and lower cabinets. It's a bit expensive but they are worth every penny. Sooner or later, you would be packing more things. It would be a good thing if that happens and you know you have some plenty more space in your tall cabinets. This would really be useful in the future and also it would be very useful as well if you have lots of stuff to store, this is the type of cabinet for you. Just remember, this is only suitable if you have high - ceilings on your kitchen.
If you cannot afford to hire someone, don't worry. It is not that hard to do the updating yourself. Lots of magazines and books are out there that will give you step-by-step instructions and all the other pertinent information you will need to do the job. Your friends would most likely help you out as well.
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