Itchin’ to change your kitchen? But honey says there’s not much money, and definitely not enough for a full renovation. Don’t despair, we found some easy, inexpensive ways to revitalize a tired kitchen in just one weekend. You can turn that lackluster room into a dramatic space without much effort and still not break the bank.

Here’s how:

1. Transform the Cabinets

Paint your cabinets so they look like new, either by spray painting or using a brush or roller. Laminated cupboards can be re-laminated with wood or vinyl veneers. To add some more style to the room, replace the doors and drawer fronts. You can send them out to be changed, but you’ll need to paint the frames to match the new doors and drawers.

Paint Kitchen Cabinets

2. Switch Out Cabinetry Hardware

Sometimes all you need to do for a like-new feeling to the room is replace the knobs and pulls with bright, shiny new ones. You can choose something whimsical like beach glass or go modern using hardware with sleek, sharp lines.

Cabinet Handles

3. Replace Appliance Hardware

Can’t afford new appliances, then spiff them up with new knobs for your oven and handles for the dishwasher and refrigerator. You can also change out those pans under your stove’s burners.

Burner Drip Pans

4. Convert to Built-In Appliances

If you want to make your kitchen look bigger, you can change some of your appliances to built-ins. You’ve had this option with stoves, ovens and microwaves for many years now, but new to the game are built-in slim refrigerators.

Built In Appliances

5. Replace the Sink

Instead of altering everything, start with the kitchen sink. Choices include stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. Then there’s single bowl or double bowl, farmhouse, top mount or undermount. You have a variety of options.

New Kitchen Sink

6. Change the Faucet

For a fun and inexpensive modification, get a new fixture. A spray attachment can come in very handy as can a faucet with a built-in soap dispenser. Detachable heads also make washing veggies for meal prep a breeze.

Kitchen Faucet

7. Alter the Lighting

A blend of overhead, natural and under-cabinet lighting can make the kitchen glow. You’ll finally be able to see what you’re cooking. You might want to add a dimmer switch to your new lighting for those times when you want the room a little mellower.

Kitchen Lights

8. Paint the Walls

Paint covers a multitude of sins and freshens up even the dullest kitchen. If you choose to only make one change to this room, you should paint it. Definitely opt for a different color than the old one.

Navy Kitchen Walls

9. Add New Décor

To give your kitchen a new farmhouse, rustic or modern look, buy some already-framed prints to hang on the walls or small design touches. Match those with new kitchen towels and potholders as well.

Kitchen Decoration


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