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 If your kitchen is looking outdated but you don’t have that kind of cash to sink into a renovation project, what can you do?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 If you’re tired of the outdated design of your cabinets and you can’t afford to replace them, you’ll be amazed at how much a bright white coat of paint will modernize them!

kitchen before and after
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!

kitchen hardware

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The benefits of a new faucet are similar to replacing your decorative hardware, but replacing an outdated faucet has the added benefit of giving you the option to choose something more efficient, such as low flow or adjustable faucets.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

DIY storage options kitchen
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 Replace outdated pendant lighting or overhead fixtures with more modern recessed options and/or LED lighting.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 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 Specify and Plan an In-Drawer Outlet into your Projects

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Sure, you’ve heard about Docking Drawer outlets–but do you know how to add an in-drawer outlet into your cabinets?

Remember: Install In-Drawer Outlets Safely

Unlike popular DIY in-drawer power strips or your contractor using off the shelf electrical components, Docking Drawer in-drawer outlets are safe and reliable. Additionally, they offer interlocking safety features that cut power to the outlet in the event of an emergency to help minimize risk. In-drawer electrical strip hacks can’t do that!

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How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project

CSH RTA Ready To Assemble Cabinets

If your household is like many others, your kitchen is a lot more than just a single-cook, utilitarian space. It may serve as a room where multiple cooks work together at once, where you entertain guests, or where spend a lot of time with your family. It might even be a combination of a dining space and a cooking area, making it even more of a central component of your home. Because of this, you want your kitchen to look attractive and inviting–a place where both your family and your guests will feel at home. Here are some steps to make sure you plan the kitchen that is the right fit for your needs, especially if you’re replacing the cabinets and and redesigning the kitchen layout. Continue reading “How to Plan Your New Kitchen Remodeling Project”

Should You Use RTA Cabinets for Your Kitchen Renovation?

Bristol Birch cabinet

The prospect of replacing your kitchen cabinets can be daunting, but there are many good reasons to do it. You might be concerned about the sturdiness or age of your current cabinets, or maybe the layout doesn’t work for your specific needs. Whatever the reason, there’s a very good chance that buying ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets is a great option for your cabinet replacement project.

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How Under Cabinet Lighting Will Spice Up Your Kitchen!

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Kitchens are the stomping grounds for families across the world! It’s the one common room in the house where everybody goes; where issues like what movie to watch, which radio station to listen to, and fights over the TV remote take a backseat. For this reason and many others, the kitchen is usually the most expensive room in the house and the best in terms of return on investment when considering renovations. If you’ve been in or seen pictures of recently built homes, you’ll notice that among the countless amazing architectural and design improvements in modern houses, the kitchen stands out the most. One of the more visually pleasing upgrades to the contemporary kitchen is under cabinet lighting, and here are several reasons why you should consider treating your kitchen with this beautiful upgrade immediately!

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