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Spruce up your kitchen on the cheap

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Mini-makeover won't break your budget

From SheKnows Canada
You don't have to be handy or break the budget to bring a tired kitchen back to life! Try a mini-makeover to brighten, lighten and freshen the space.

Kitchen backsplash

You know that down the line you'll need to take on a kitchen renovation if you plan to sell your home. If that's not in your immediate plans, or your budget, there are little projects to spruce up a tired, worn kitchen without the expense and chaos of a full re-do. Get big bang for your buck and make the kitchen fresh and fun again, with a small investment of time and labour.

Paint the cabinets

Dark, dated cabinets make a kitchen feel cave-like. If the frames and cabinet doors are structurally sound, renovate — with paint! Scrub them down, lightly sand the surface and brighten things up with a fresh coat of paint. Since cabinets take up so much volume in the room, this one project makes a huge impact.

Add a plate rack

If your dishes are pretty or vibrant, why tuck them away behind closed doors? There are kits available at home improvement stores that make it easy to assemble simple slotted storage. Paint your plate rack to match the cabinets. Your dishes and pottery will add a splash of colour and you've freed up valuable hidden storage space.

Install under-cabinet lighting

Task lighting is easy to retrofit under most existing cabinets and brightens countertops. You'll appreciate the extra wash of light when chopping veggies or reading a recipe! While you're thinking of lighting, switch out the dated overhead for something sleeker.

Add new hardware

Replace dated handles and drawer pulls — nice choices are modern brushed nickel or rich bronze. For a vintage kitchen, an eclectic selection of ceramic and glass knobs and pulls are a good option.

Update the backsplash

If you're not eager to mess with tile and grout, there are still inexpensive updates for a backsplash. Add bead-board panels painted in a complementary colour, or use peel-and-stick metal tiles — they come in copper and stainless-steel finishes and are available in 3 x 6-inch subway-tile format to fit with most decors.

Paint old appliances

A coat of paint revitalizes the look of older appliances and it's actually a fairly easy project. Lightly sand the appliance so paint will adhere. Cover the handles and hinges with masking tape to shield, then spray two coats of Krylon's Epoxy Appliance Paint or stainless steel paint. It will cost about $30 for enough paint to cover the average refrigerator.

Window dressing

Sew up simple cafe curtains from terry tea towels or add wooden blinds or a roman shade.

Get floored

Press-and-stick tiles inexpensively cover outdated and worn laminate flooring. Try a variation on traditional black and white checkers by creating a striped pattern with alternating colours, or go for a neutral tone in simulated stone.

Now add in your accessories — plants, baskets, fresh and bright teatowels — and enjoy your new space!

More home improvement tips

How to renovate your kitchen to increase value
5 Inexpensive ways to renovate your space
Tips: Decorating with baskets

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