10 Things to Buy for Your Kitchen If Your Tax Refund Is a Couple Hundred Bucks

updated May 1, 2019
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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! 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 on how to spend that refund check if you’re getting a couple hundred bucks back.

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  1. Stockholm Savanne Rug, from $60 at Plastica Store: If you’ve been wanting to replace your kitchen rug (or simply get one!), take note of this option, which comes in a few colors and plenty of sizes. And because it’s durable and machine-washable, it’s sure to last you through the next few tax seasons.
  2. 55-Litre Rectangular Step Can, $180 from SimpleHuman: A pretty trash can does a lot for a space. This rose gold one is as functional as it is beautiful.
  3. Faceted Ory Knob, from $10 each at Anthropologie: Countless articles tell you to replace your cabinet knobs for an inexpensive, subtle kitchen upgrade. But the truth is, hardware can add up! And obviously, the more cabinets you have, the more you’ll spend. You’re basically about to get free money, though. Treat yourself!
  4. Ishi Marble Canisters, from $70 each at CB2: Stash your coffee and sugar in these cute canisters and you can leave them out on display on your counter (versus having to dig them out of a cabinet every morning).
  5. Peel and Stick Mosaic Decorative Wall Tile, $8 for each nearly 12×9 segment at The Home Depot: It’ll cost you a few hundred bucks and a weekend’s worth of effort, but this peel-and-stick subway tile is a relatively quick, inexpensive way to transform a kitchen backsplash.
  6. Tabouret Lemon Metal Stacking Chairs, $199 for four at Overstock: Replace old falling-apart chairs with this sunny set that’s sure to brighten up any breakfast nook.
  7. 3-Light Kitchen Island Pendant, $160 at Wayfair: Here’s a bright idea! Give in and finally get yourself a new light for over your island or dining room table. Perhaps you like this industrial-yet-traditional number?
  8. 42-Piece Basic Tableware Starter Set, $169 at West Elm: If you are still using your mismatched dinnerware that you got after college, it might be time to replace the random stuff with this sleek set. This might even be what convinces you to take off your cabinet doors and try out the open-shelving look.
  9. Enclume Copper-Plated Curved Wall Rack, $189 at Crate & Barrel: Every kitchen looks more professional with a pot rack. It’s a proven fact. This curved copper one is stylish and won’t take up a ton of room.
  10. Paint: We all always have the best intentions to paint but, if we don’t do it right when we move in, it almost never happens. Use your refund check to get a gallon of good paint (we heart Benjamin Moore) and the necessary supplies. A little bit of paint will go a long way in a kitchen.