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Spend That Tax Refund: 5 Kitchen Splurges

Go ahead, use that check to spiff up your kitchen.

You could use your tax refund conservatively (Pad that retirement fund! Invest in a bull market! Send junior to college!), but where’s the fun in that? Blow the whole wad on these luxe $500 splurges for your kitchen instead and #treatyoself.

Range Hood

Give your kitchen a focal point with a gorgeous over-the-stove hood. It will pull the room together faster than you can say, “Thanks, Uncle Sam.” But, wait, there’s more! It will also whisk grease, smoke, fumes and moisture up and away from the workspace, and your lungs, and keep your kitchen from overheating (read: your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep the room cool).


Easily and instantly upgrade a tired kitchen by installing a snazzy new spout. The edgy, minimalist Delta Pilar faucet brings any sink into the 21st century with Touch2O® technology, which lets you start and stop the flow of water with a tap anywhere on the spout. Plus, MagnaTite™ docking snaps the spray wand back into place like magic.


If every time you make dinner your mind wanders from your stir-fry straight to that funky blown-glass pendant lamp you pinned last month, take the plunge. Hang a flashy fixture (or three) right over the kitchen island for a design statement that doubles as task lighting.

Pot Filler

Never slosh water out of your stockpot again. Install the wall-mounted, fold-away Delta contemporary pot filler near the stove, and voila! Boiling water for tea, spaghetti and everything in between is a breeze. Bonus: All Delta pot fillers have a 2-foot reach and dual water shut-offs at the wall and spout so there’s no need to move pots around once you set them on the stove.

Countertop Appliances

Do the math: If you’re spending $5 a day on a morning mocha, an elite espresso machine might make sense. Want a spendy sky-blue stand mixer to match your backsplash? Now’s your chance. And if your cookbook collection has you channeling Julia Child, by all means, snap up that pasta machine, pressure cooker or steam oven.