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Kitchen Update: The Affordable Way

Many of us are tired of our old, outdated kitchen, but don’t have the money to remodel it. Also, hoping that HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers will show up isn’t helping, so what exactly are your other options? There are many inexpensive ways to give your kitchen that minor but necessary face-lift, and in some cases, a whole new look and feel!

Use What You Have



Make the most of what you’ve got! Assuming that your cabinets are in good shape, there are many things you can do to them to make a huge change. Try sanding them down and adding a new color stain to them or paint them for a whole new look. Of course, if they are currently painted you will need to buy paint stripper and remove the paint, then sand them down and stain them. This can be very time consuming, but will save you a bundle! You can also get creative and add a new surface to your cabinets. Add chalkboard paint to a couple of the doors for quick memos or grocery lists.

Don’t Get Unhinged



Modify the cabinets. If the cabinets are not falling off the wall, you can change the look by changing the doors, molding and more. Replace all of the doors (which is way cheaper than buying new cabinets anyway) or even remove a few doors for an open shelf look. Adding new hardware to your cabinets can also do wonders for the space. Find new shiny knobs that complement the décor and your cabinets might look brand new!

Step Up Your Countertops



Add a new look to your countertops. There are many new counter materials out there in addition to inexpensive granite. Laminate countertops are an inexpensive option and offer a very large variety of designs that look like high end granite or soapstone countertops!

Bring On The Backsplash



How about a new backsplash?! There are actual peel and stick wall tiles that are reasonably priced you can use for a backsplash. You could also choose to use wallpaper that imitates the look of tile as another inexpensive choice.

Light Up The Room



For our last tip to renovate your kitchen, we suggest updating your lighting! If the lighting that you already have is not sufficient, maybe add under cabinet lighting that will add a decorative touch as well as an extra brightness. They typically come in sets and are easy to install, so you can add them to your existing upper cabinets yourself!


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