6 Small-Budget Renovations That Will Make Your Kitchen Feel Brand New

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The typical cost of a kitchen remodel in 2017 is between about $12,000 and $33,000, with high end remodels costing as much as 50,000 (according to Home Advisor)! If your kitchen is looking outdated but you don’t have that kind of cash to sink into a renovation project, what can you do? Here are 6 upgrades will cost a ton less than a full-fledged renovation project, but can still give your kitchen a whole new look!

1. Paint

A fresh paint job is one of the best ways to radically improve the appearance of your kitchen. A bright and beautiful color or a subtle neutral shade on your walls can do wonders to liven up the room.

Another great place to consider a fresh paint job is on your cabinets. If you’re tired of the outdated design of your cabinets and you can’t afford to replace them, you’ll be amazed at how much a bright white coat of paint will modernize them!

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Before/after via Country Living

2. Decorative Hardware

Another good way to hide dated design in your kitchen is to change out hardware such as knobs, pulls, and latches. These small pieces of hardware are things you interact with every single day, so updating them can make a bigger difference than you might expect!

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3. New Faucet

The benefits of a new faucet are similar to replacing your decorative hardware, but replacing an outdated faucet has the added benefit of giving you the option to choose something more efficient, such as low flow or adjustable faucets.

4. Extra Storage Options

This is a functional consideration, but if you do it right, it can add great aesthetic appeal to your kitchen as well! Keep your counters clear and your cabinets organized by adding creative storage options like hanging hooks, racks, rails, open shelves, on-door storage, and cabinet and drawer organizers.

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Via DIY Network

5. Lighting

No matter what modern styles and tasteful colors you add to your kitchen, it will never look inviting and appealing if it’s too dim. Replace outdated pendant lighting or overhead fixtures with more modern recessed options and/or LED lighting.

Another addition that can make a huge difference both in the looks and everyday use of your kitchen is adding LED lighting beneath your cabinets and shelves.

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LED puck lights from cshardware.com

6. Add/Replace Backsplash

Adding or replacing a backsplash is a great way to personalize the look of your kitchen. Use tiles, caulk, and grout to create any look you want! You can also consider tin tile, which is easy to clean and comes in a variety of finishes.

These six cost-effective projects are a great way to spruce up your kitchen without doing a huge renovation. Creativity and putting your budget toward small yet effective improvements is a smart way to keep your home looking fresh and modern!

How to Properly Apply the NautiKing System Finish (Nautipoxy & Nautithane) (Video)

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Preparation

Before you start the application, be sure to thoroughly prepare the surface. It must be clean, smooth, dry, and dust-free.

In order to create a good profile for the first coat of NautiPoxy, final sanding grit should be between 120 and 150. Don’t forget to clean the surface with a tack rag or a clean cloth dampened with a good solvent (such as acetone, lacquer thinner, MEK, or xylene.)

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How to Secure Valuables Inside Your Home

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Where do you keep your valuables? If they’re stashed in your dresser drawer, bedroom closet, or maybe even your freezer, they’re exactly where a thief will search first. Other places they’re sure to check are under your mattress, in medicine cabinets, inside toilet tanks, and in bookshelves (including false books). If you’re going to thwart a potential burglar, you’re going to have to do better.

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How to Mix Oil Based Gel Stain Colors Using Layers

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Oil-based gel stains are great for achieving beautiful hand-rubbed finishes, and their thickness keeps them from dripping, running, or spilling. They might come in a bunch of beautiful colors, but what if you’re still feeling limited? All you have to do is choose any two colors you want, then layer them to create your own custom look! Here’s how to finish a piece of furniture by layering different colors of General Finishes gel stains.

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