A complete kitchen remodel can cost many thousands of dollars, while simply freshening the kitchen is far less expensive. You will be surprised at the effect a couple of these choices will have. * New kitchen faucets at home improvement stores can be a significant improvement. Depending on how fancy you want to go, you'll spend $150 to $500 or a little more. Check www.moen.com and click on Kitchen Faucets 101, or view a selection in person at Lowes or Home Depot. * The ceiling light fixture draws a lot of attention. When selecting one, consider how much light you really need. Some guests like to sit around the table to visit and are more comfortable with softer lighting, but a fixture with bright lighting for reading can be toned down for visiting with a dimer switch. A chandelier is a decorative choice. Modern styles cost from $160 to more than $500. Check lightingdirect.com/chandelier for ideas. * To update kitchen cabinets, choose new knobs and handles. Discounted prices are available at www.myknobs.com or choose from local sources. For 20 or 25 knobs, pulls and handles, the cost can add up fast. If your present handles are brass, remove a few at a time and polish with copper cleaner. * Thinking about a new floor? Vinyl is an economical choice that can look like ceramic tile, wood or stone and can be installed it over present flooring. Sheet vinyl should be laid down by a professional, but you can install adhesive-backed tiles yourself. There's no need to freshen the whole room at once. By doing one project at a time, you can surprise family and guests every time they visit.