Uncle Sam owes you money? Congrats! People say it's actually better to owe money in April because otherwise, it's like you gave the government an interest-free loan, but who cares what those people say. Because you're about to get some money. Money that you didn't technically have before! Put that money to use in the place that matters to you the most: the kitchen.
Here are some ideas for how to spend that refund check if you're getting $500 (give or take) back.
- Versa Dining Table, from $299 at West Elm: You've spent enough time with that hand-me-down table your mom gave you. You don't even like it! This 48-inch option is a steal and even the larger, 60-inch version is only $399.
- Artifacts Single-Handle Faucet, $450 at Kohler: Designers like to say that faucets are like jewelry for the kitchen. And they can certainly cost as much as some pieces. If you've got the money coming in, though, it's worth spending on this sleek faucet — you'll be amazed at how much of a difference it makes in the space.
- Spenser Stacking Chair, $128 each at Anthropologie: When you're buying things in multiples (we're guessing you need more than one chair to go around your table) your total can add up quickly. Four of these cute metal ones will come in just slightly over $500, which isn't too bad when you realize that many dining chairs can cost more than $200 each!
- KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer, around $260: You've been coveting a KitchenAid stand mixer for years. If you know you will really put it to good use, you should treat yourself. It's settled! Now, you just have to pick a color that'll look good on display in your kitchen. (Because you do plan on keeping it out to complete the decor in the room.)
- Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series Blender, $500 at Williams-Sonoma: Another small appliance that will sit out and add to the room's style, this Vitamix will do all the things — from soups and smoothies and everything in between. It's also probably another thing you've been yearning for, right?
- Pro Stadium Stainless Steel Kitchen Cart, $412 at The Home Depot: If you don't have a kitchen island, this is a great way to fake it. The stainless steel shelves add storage space while the end grain butcher block top adds extra work space for you. The best part? The cutting board has a drop hole and built-in catcher, so you can push chopped ingredients or scraps through as you work.
- Grandview 2-Light Chandelier, $459 at Rejuvenation: How good would this look over your dining table or island? We love that it has two lights in one.
- Wall Mounted Bar Cabinet, $299 at CB2: Drink more at home and you'll spend less money at bars. (Your tab is not always a deductible expense!) This little bar cabinet can help make it happen. And you'll still have money left over to buy some top-shelf bottles to put in it.
- Rev-A-Shelf 2-Tier Curved Corner Organizer, $579 at Houzz: Finally! You can take control over that awkward (and annoying!) corner cabinet situation.
- Energy Star Certified Dishwasher with Silverware Spray, $549 at Whirlpool: You (and your hands!) deserve a dishwasher that works. If yours is on its last leg, consider an upgrade. This one has hidden control buttons, a soil sensor, cycle memory, and more. Note: If you want stainless steel or black ice, you'll have to pay up by $100.
How are you spending your tax refund?