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 If your kitchen is looking outdated but you don’t have that kind of cash to sink into a renovation project, what can you do?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 If you’re tired of the outdated design of your cabinets and you can’t afford to replace them, you’ll be amazed at how much a bright white coat of paint will modernize them!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The benefits of a new faucet are similar to replacing your decorative hardware, but replacing an outdated faucet has the added benefit of giving you the option to choose something more efficient, such as low flow or adjustable faucets.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 Replace outdated pendant lighting or overhead fixtures with more modern recessed options and/or LED lighting.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 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 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?

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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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Organizing Cabinets & Shelves: In The Kitchen

With the holiday cooking season upon us, it’s time to make the most of the space we have available. This week we focus on kitchen cabinets and shelving, next week closet storage space.

Being organized has its advantages, all throughout your home.

“Finally, all done with cooking – now where is that glass container? What about the cinnamon — there it is, oh wait, it’s cumin!” Sound familiar? Then it’s time to get organized.

Remodeling or upgrading kitchen cabinets is a great step towards perfecting your home’s kitchen, but having a functional workspace to craft your culinary concoctions is indispensable. This week we want to feature some great ways to streamline your kitchen cabinets and shelving – the more focus is on the joy of cooking, and the less on where the utensils are, the better. Especially if you’ve got a house full of family – or will be cooking for one!

 

Cabinet Door Storage Trays / Bins

With a little bit of effort, cabinet space can be maximized – using both the interior as well as the door. These white storage trays are an example of either direct mounting or using convenient accessory brackets.

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New Trend Alert: The Bejeweled Kitchen

The kitchen is often the focal point of the home, and spending extra time crafting the perfect design is well worth the effort. Most people like to create a theme with their kitchen cabinet layout, including specific choices on hardware and finish. The newest trend on the block is “bejeweled kitchens” that mimic the glamour of a regal home without the cost. Here we take a look at the ways you can transform your kitchen into a jewel of a room.

Paint and Accent Pieces

Gemstone colors are bright, but you can use them sparingly if you’d still like to present a traditional kitchen look. This trend can be adapted for any personal taste. The easiest step: paint the cabinets! Whether you prefer a vibrant green jade or a deep smoky quartz, painting your kitchen cabinets is the first step to a bejeweled kitchen. Go full force and paint the cabinets in full, or consider using a jewel tone as a framing color for just a splash.

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Adding elegant accents such as brass or chrome door pulls and lighting fixtures will add to the gemstone coloring. Unusual lights or faucets will add to the older-era feel.

Counters and Backsplashes

Sleek and colorful granite countertops provide a way to inject color into your kitchen.  Depending on the color desired you may have to search but there is a good selection of blue, red, green, and other combinations to discover. Alternately, a backsplash behind the counter can offer some shine. Typically silver or gold, backsplashes can add a bit of glamour.

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See the examples below to discover new ideas! While bejeweled kitchens may be on-trend, choosing just a few jewel tones here and there is a great way to create a new subtle look.

Examples:

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Are you going to jump on the bejeweled trend for your kitchen design? Tell us about it! Share you pictures here, or with us on our Bejeweled Kitchens Pinterest board. We’d love to see what you come up with!