New kitchen cabinets for the entire kitchen certainly can't be purchased for $300 or less. However, if your existing cabinets are still in good shape and just look a little dingy, you can repaint them to add a new look to the room. Choose a durable acrylic enamel or alkyd paint that will hold up well, as kitchen cabinets get a lot of daily use. Depending on the number of cabinets in your kitchen, you might be able to paint them all with just one gallon of primer and two gallons of paint or less. Remove all the doors and hardware, scuff the existing finish with sandpaper and dust carefully, then give all surfaces to be painted a coat of primer. Once the primer is dry, add two coats of finish paint for durability and coverage, allowing drying time between coats as recommended by the manufacturer.
Tile backsplashes are very popular because they can add a high-end designer look to almost any kitchen. Although some varieties of tile can be quite pricey, especially if you choose glass tiles, simpler ceramic tiles are more affordable. Measure your entire backsplash area, then shop around to find tile varieties that fit within your budget. You can also make your decorating budget go further with tiling if you use a plain tile for most of the backsplash area, but use decorative accent tiles for a border or as part of an overall pattern, combining them with the plain tiles. If you do the job yourself, tiling a backsplash can be quite economical, requiring only the cost of the tiles themselves in addition to adhesive and grout.
Adding new window treatments, such as curtains and shades or blinds, in the kitchen can definitely give the entire room a stylish update. Combining these two window treatments is often a good approach in the kitchen, especially for windows that receive full sun during certain times of the day. Blinds or shades can be closed when the sun is too intense or opened completely to let in plenty of light. When choosing blinds or shades for the kitchen, selecting varieties that are easy to clean, such as pretty vinyl roller blinds or mini blinds are often the best approach because they can hold up to the moisture and grease residues that are common in kitchen environments.
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