Tips for Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Budget

posted by Jennie James - 

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The average kitchen remodel costs around $20,000. I don’t have that kind of money.  So what do you do if you want to update the most important room in your home without breaking the bank?

Replace Outdated Light Fixtures

One of the most obvious signs of age in your kitchen is a dated light fixture. A brightly colored pendant light will give your kitchen a more modern look.

Install New Handles or Pulls for Cabinets and Drawers

Cabinet fixtures come in a wide range of colors and styles that include everything from traditional metal handles, like copper or brushed nickel to trendy styles like handles that resemble tiny silverware. Replacing your cabinetry hardware is a quick, easy and affordable way to give your kitchen a facelift.

Repaint Your Cabinets

If just replacing the hardware isn't enough, consider repainting the entire row of cabinets. For the cost of a can of paint and a few hours of your time, you could have your kitchen cabinetry looking as good as new.

Remove Cabinet Doors

If repainting your kitchen cabinets does not appeal to you, consider removing the doors entirely. Open-faced cabinets can instantly give your kitchen a more modern look. The one drawback to this is that you'll need to keep the contents of your cabinets neat and tidy in order for it to work. For this reason, many designers use open-faced cabinets on the upper levels and traditional closed cabinets on the lower levels.

(JonKraftRealty.com)

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