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Weekend remodel: DIY kitchen updates

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

Weekend Kitchen makeover

Stop lusting after all those dream kitchens on Pinterest and turn your own kitchen into a pin-worthy space. Here are five ideas to update your kitchen -- and they can all be tackled in just one weekend!
Easy kitchen updates
Applying wallpaper in the kitchen

Wallpaper

What's old is new! Wallpaper, replaced by muted paint colors for years, is now one of the latest design trends. Today's wallpapers come in fun and funky designs that add color and personality to the kitchen. Try wallpapering just one wall of the kitchen to add visual interest without overwhelming the space. You'll have fun browsing the wide range of kitchen wallpaper designs like faux bead board, chicken wire, modern geometric designs and more. A quick search of “kitchen wallpaper” on home design site Houzz.com yields pages of options to suit any design style.

Make your own kitchen island

Get out the power tools, or phone a handy friend, and make weekend plans to build an island. Okay, so it's not quite the same as taking a weekend trip to an island, but you can certainly celebrate afterward with some tropical cocktails! Head to Pinterest and search for DIY Kitchen Island. Here, you'll find rustic, modern, retro, ugly (did we say that?) and everything in between. If you're looking for a solid, basic kitchen island, follow the detailed instructions and build "Michaela's Kitchen Island."

Replace old appliances

Replacing your old, outdated appliances with new, sleek models is probably the easiest way to update your kitchen over a weekend -- especially if you have someone else deliver and install them. Appliances require an up-front investment, but newer energy-efficient models will lower your energy bills well into the future. Plus, you'll get to enjoy all the new features available on today's advanced appliances. Blast chiller compartments in the fridge to cool your wine in just eight minutes? Yes, please!

Create open shelving

A simple way to update your kitchen is by adding open shelving. No, we're not suggesting you demo your cabinets over the weekend. An easier way to get the look is to simply remove the cabinet doors from your upper cabinets. Give the insides an update with a fresh coast of paint or wallpaper, then display your favorite dishes and kitchen accessories for all the world to see.

Custom wallpaper mural

If the words “kitchen mural” make you think of faux brick framing a painted Tuscan countryside, think again. Today, you can take advantage of affordable services that let you blow up your favorite photo into custom wallpaper that you can easily mount on the kitchen wall. Try enlarging a favorite photo of a flower, nature scene or even a black and white photo of your kids or pets. Custom wallpaper murals cost just $6 per square foot. See some examples on the Artistic Homeowner website.

Wallpaper tips

Are your wallpapering skills a little rusty? Watch this DIY video from Ferm Living for step by step instructions.

More about updating your kitchen

Kitchen update: 7 Renovation tips
How to fix up your kitchen on the cheap
Choosing kitchen countertops

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