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Kitchen Updates on a Modest Budget

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Using a good foundation, these budget-smart cosmetic updates make the kitchen glow.

Overview of remodeled kitchen

Save & Splurge Kitchen

Before photo of the kitchen

Before the Remodeling

Some elements of the existing kitchen were fine -- including the layout and flooring -- so we left those intact. The existing cabinet finish, however, gave the room a woodsy, outdated look.

Updated kitchen with painted cabinets

Refresh What’s There

In this $5,000 update ($10,000 with appliances), we lightened the look with Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kits in Meadow (#338495). We added new hardware and installed faux panels on the sides of end cabinets to give them a custom appearance. Cost-effective laminate countertops (model 4924-38) gained a solid-surface look with full bullnose edging.

White wall shelves

Practical Entertaining

Because guests always gather in this eat-in kitchen, we turned the adjacent storage area into a serving space featuring stylish, simple-to-make shelves.

Kitchen range and vent hood in stainless steel

Chef’s Choice

Make yours a cook’s kitchen with a KitchenAid stainless-steel range (#70548) and Broan hood (#308307) instead of the microwave, which was moved to the pantry. They not only have professional-grade features, but also draw attention to the beauty of the backsplash and create a focal point.

Mosaic wall tiles

Make a Splash

Mosaic wall tiles (#486890) create a stunning backsplash for about $10 per square foot. Install vertically or horizontally to suit your style.

Bronze-finish faucet

Go with the Flow

This Venetian bronze-finish faucet (#6998) sports a pull-down spout and a high-end appearance.

Oil-rubbed bronze pulls

Pull It Together

At $6–$10 each, these oil-rubbed bronze pulls (#569830, 569831) work with any style of door, drawer, and decor.

Striped curtain panel and bronze rod.

Preferential Treatments

Enjoy the stylish charm of a striped allen + roth™ curtain panel (#5842) and bronze rod (#275134).

Dining area off of kitchen

Fine Dining

To create visual distinction in the dining space, we applied allen + roth™ wallpaper (#332822) to one wall. New chairs (#413631) complement the existing table.

Pendant light fixture

Circle of Light

We replaced the ceiling fan over the dining area with a sophisticated pendant light (#616296) that features an intricate design along the bands.

Mobile kitchen island.

Treasure Island

This compact ready-made island (model #5218-951) offers added storage and prep space, casters for mobility, and a designer look -- without the cost of a custom piece.