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How to Improve Your Kitchen for Under $500

In our house, and probably like many families, the kitchen is a
gathering spot. We hang out in the kitchen in the morning as my daughter
gets ready for school. We sit in our booth in the afternoons looking
over mail, reading books, eating snacks. At dinner time, we laugh at and
share silly moments in our day. Unfortunately, the rest of the kitchen
is an eye sore, and the husband and I desperately want to remodel. It’s
been our goal for the past three years to remodel our kitchen with the
forest green tiles and hideous white cabinets, but it’s been a slow
process.

Here are a few things you can do this weekend to update your tired and uninspiring kitchen:

1. Paint

This is a very affordable option when
updating your kitchen’s look. White cabinets make a kitchen look dated
and weary. When deciding on the color of paint, look for colors that
reflect the mood you want and reflect your own personality. If your
kitchen is full of light, paint your cabinets a dark hue.

The contrast will be amazing. If you only have a few windows and your kitchen is
fairly dark, paint your cabinets a bright and sunny color. Try to use
different painting techniques like marbling, ragging, and sponging.

2. Cabinet Hardware

Cabinet Hardware

If your cabinets currently sport
the original wood handles, look for handles that are more contemporary,
like metal hardware. Retailers like Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Target carry
many varieties of handles, knobs, and pulls. Turn your 1960′s kitchen
into a contemporary haven with just a few turns of a screwdriver.

3. Backsplash

Backsplash

Your backsplash can be riddled with dirt
and oil that’s too disgusting to think about. Instead of complaining
about the problem, do something about it. You can paint the backsplash,
put some decorative wallpaper up, or buy a few inexpensive tile pieces
to update the area behind your stove.

4. Windows

Windows

Add window treatments to those bare
windows. If you have window treatments, but they’re more than 10 years
old, it’s time for something new. Look for fabrics that complement your
kitchen. If want to achieve an airy and light look, look for gauzy,
lightweight material that the sunlight can filter through easily.

5. Lighting

Lighting

Lighting is an important aspect of any
room and the kitchen is no different. Add a colorful or elegant pendant
light over the kitchen table. Home Depot and Lowe’s have an assortment
of pendant lights and other lighting options that are affordable.

6. Fabric

Fabric

Adding a rich and vibrant tablecloth will
add life to any kitchen. If you’re sick of looking at the same kitchen
chairs and can’t afford to replace them, add some decorative chair
cushions. Chair covers turn any kitchen table into a stylish piece of
furniture.

Get rid of that drab kitchen you’ve detested for too long and
transform it into a lovely centerpiece for your house that you won’t be
ashamed of.

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