10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen
The average kitchen remodel costs a staggering $18,856 — and high-end ones average $54,909. No bones about it: That’s a whole lotta cash.
But you don’t need to shell out big bucks to make a big impact in an outdated kitchen. Whether you’ve lived in your house for years or you just got the keys, here are some easy ways to give it a refresh:
1. Get new handles and pulls.
“Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates,” says HGTV’s Scott McGillivray, author of How to Add Value to Your Home. Look for colorful options or Scott’s favorite, a brushed nickel finish. But resist the temptation to get something too personal or cutesy. “I’ve seen people use hardware that looks like forks and spoons or mini chickens. Those options are fun, but they get old fast,” Scott warns.
2. Consider painting your cabinets.
Kristy Kropat, an interior designer based in San Francisco, recently moved into a new home, but she didn’t love the kitchen. A complete overhaul wasn’t in the cards (new cabinets are pricey!), so instead, she gave the cabinetry a fresh coat of paint.
The countertop was black, so she picked a light gray for the uppers and lime green for the lower cabinets to brighten things up. “Citrus-like colors — orange, yellow and green — look great in a kitchen,” she says.
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