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Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

Having a brighter, more beautiful kitchen doesn't have to break your budget. The following tips can provide a recipe for inexpensive, kitchen makeover success.

Even If you can’t afford to replace your kitchen cabinets, you can still update them. Kitchen cabinets provide endless opportunity for style. The easiest update is to refinish or paint them. New knobs and hinges can help pull together a new look. Replacing just the door is less expensive than replacing the whole cabinet. Or you can remove the doors and go for a "country kitchen" shelving look.

A color theme is an important part of making kitchen elements seem less haphazard. Freshen up your walls with a new coat of paint. Try a daring paint color, such as eggplant, charcoal or magenta. A painted or wallpapered border can define your kitchen's look.

Not ready to replace appliances? You may be able to replace the fronts of some dishwashers and refrigerators to match your cabinets. Or you may be able to paint your appliances with appliance paint.

-Use that silver teapot to hold fresh flowers or utensils.
-Another change you can bring about is with the burners. You can get burner covers in a dozen patterns and colors. You can even change your burner covers to reflect the changing seasons.
- Create a display area for collectibles and glassware by installing glass shelves in front of a window. It's also an ideal spot for growing herbs.
- Create a family gallery by hanging oversize empty picture frames and placing children's artwork directly on the wall inside frames.

Window treatments don't have to be elaborate to be effective. Enhance a small window with shutters on either side of the frame. Hang a stained-glass panel directly in front of an existing window and watch the colors dance. No window over the sink? Paint one. Complete the illusion with wood molding and curtain fabric.

An inexpensive do-it-yourself flooring option is self-adhesive tiles. They're easy to install and come in a wide range of colors.

Clever Storage:
Make every item you purchase beautiful and practical, and you won't want to hide them.


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