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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 The existing cabinet finish, however, gave the room a woodsy, outdated look.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 a cabinet transformation kit. We added new hardware and installed faux panels on the sides of end cabinets to give them a custom appearance. Cost-effective laminate countertops 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 stainless-steel range and add a hood in place of the microwave, which will move 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 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 bronze-finish faucet 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 work with any style of door, drawer, and decor.

Striped curtain panel and bronze rod.

Preferential Treatments

Enjoy the stylish charm of a striped curtain panel and bronze rod.

Dining area off of kitchen

Fine Dining

To create visual distinction in the dining space, we applied wallpaper to one wall. New chairs complement the existing table.

Pendant light fixture

Circle of Light

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

Mobile kitchen island.

Treasure Island

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