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Cook Up Kitchen Improvements on a Budget

Kitchen ImprovementsSometimes injecting new life into your home’s aesthetic requires a professional and a big budget, especially when it comes to kitchen overhauls. But there are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh makeover on a mini budget – all it takes is a little time and creativity. Following are a few relatively inexpensive ways to add some punch to this high-traffic space. 

Make a (back)splash with tile – Play with color and pattern to create a unique backsplash with tile. Consider taking the tile all the way up the walls to the cabinets, or extend even higher for added drama.

Switch out hardware – Often, dated drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and faucets can bring down your kitchen’s appeal. But it’s easy, and inexpensive, to change out such hardware; make sure to keep the style and finish consistent throughout the kitchen for a seamless, updated look.

Add paint or wallpaper – A change or pop of color can do wonders for your kitchen, whether you choose to upgrade all the walls or concentrate on accenting with a vibrant hue or unexpected wallpaper pattern.

Fresh flooring – Adding a durable rug or runner can be both practical and pleasing to the eye, especially when you choose a pattern or color that stands out. If you’ve got a little time and a slightly bigger budget, you can play with tile or other flooring to give your kitchen a fresh look.

Kitchen Upgrade on a BudgetShelf this idea – Hanging open shelving not only expands your storage options, but offers plenty of opportunities to display decorative elements. Use open shelves to park prized plates, special stemware, and other kitchen items too pretty to put away.

See the light – One easy fix for a dated kitchen is to change lighting. Whether hanging new fixtures over a bar, installing a focal-point chandelier, or simply switching out old bulbs for a brighter set, upgraded lighting adds lift to both small and large kitchens. 

Small appliances, big panache – Small appliances have gone from simply utilitarian to conversation piece. Amp up your small-appliance stock by incorporating items like toasters, blenders and coffee makers that boast modern features, cutting-edge design and unexpected colors.

Open doors for your cabinets – If your wood cabinets have seen better days, there’s no need to spend hundreds to replace them. Consider lightly sanding and repainting them in a classic white or soft gray.

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