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15 Ideas to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift RIGHT NOW!


Whether you’re planning a complete kitchen remodel or only looking to make a few cosmetic changes, keeping an eye on costs and doing the labor yourself can deliver big results without a bank-breaking investment. Check out these ideas to transform your kitchen into a showplace on any budget.

Invest in Interesting Light Fixtures

Tired, dated light fixtures can make a room look drab. Clear, hand-blown pendant lights are affordable and instantly add visual interest to brighten the room in more ways than one.

Update the Hardware

Drawer pulls and cabinet knobs are available in hundreds of colors and styles. New hardware is the least expensive way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets, and swapping them out is a snap.

Choose Artful Accessories

With kitchen counter display space at a premium, choose accent pieces carefully to get the most bang for your buck. Beautiful wine, oil or vinegar bottles and painted coffee or tea tins serve a dual purpose and present a charming silhouette.

Paint the Cabinets

If your solid wood kitchen cabinets are looking dreary and dull, try adding a coat of paint. If white is too plain for your taste, try a pale moss green, robin’s egg blue or soft buttery beige to add a hint of warmth without overpowering the room.

Get the Two-Toned Trend

If you want to add cutting-edge style and class to your espresso or cherry kitchen cabinets, add contrast with white. Swap dark wall cabinets for white painted ones. In a white kitchen, paint the floor cabinets dark.

Go Softer with Sconces

Recessed or track lighting can look harsh and modern in traditional kitchens. For a softer look, try wall or ceiling mounted sconces. Search online for certified electricians with references who are looking for side work.

Add Rustic Elements

Get designer looks for less by shopping yard sales and flea markets to add instant warmth to country kitchens. Hang copper pots or cake molds, store spoons and servers in painted tin or ceramic crock, or line a bar with weathered wooden stools.

Use Shelving for Extra Storage

Simple bracket and plank shelving is easy to install and extremely affordable. If you lack sufficient wall cabinets, shelves can take up the slack. Adding a decorative shelf or two is a great way to display cherished pottery, china or knickknacks.

Rethink Windows

Heavy window treatments block natural light and trap dust. Replace curtains or shades with opaque Roman or bamboo shades to brighten the room and preserve privacy.

Paint the Floor

Refinishing hardwood floors can be costly. To give new life to your floor without spending a fortune, consider giving it a coat of paint. Pale gray, deep blue and brick red are all beautiful, easy-to-clean options.

Source Building Finds Online

Search Internet marketplaces like craigslist for affordable building materials and decorator accents, including overstocked ceramic tile, stone flooring and granite countertops.

Get Crafty with Cabinets

If you love the clean, open look of glass cabinet doors but the price is beyond your budget, get a similar result by removing the upper doors. Simply unscrew the hinges, fill the holes and touch them up with paint.

Buy New Dishes

Now that your cabinets are open and the contents are there for everyone to see, invest in a new set of dishes to display. Classic white plates and clear glasses are perennial favorites, but bright colors and mismatched pieces work equally well.

Create a Custom Chalkboard

Chalkboard paint is available at most home improvement stores. Use it on a pantry door, a framed wall space or even on the fridge to fashion an easily updateable to-do list with designer style.

Try a DIY Fridge Cover

Build a beautiful fridge cover with antique hinges, plywood paneling and a hot glue gun. This simple project suits any sensibility. Use white beadboard in country cottages and brightly painted plywood in modern settings.

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