It goes without saying that the kitchen is one of the hardest-working rooms in the home. For most, it’s the heart of family life and usually the one room where everyone gathers together. With so much hustle and bustle, it’s no wonder that the kitchen runs the risk of looking overworked.

Consider these affordable updates:

Paint the cabinets


A lackluster room can quickly become reenergized with a vibrant new color. Repaint the cabinets a lively hue to brighten the space, or freshen the existing paint color with a new coat.

Update fixtures

Don’t expect the faucet handles you installed more than 10 years ago to last another 10. In addition to being practical, kitchen fixtures enhance overall design. Look for fixtures that fit your kitchen motif, whether it’s modern and sleek or shabby chic.

Clean appliances

The easiest way to rejuvenate appliances without spending a fortune on new ones is by giving them a thorough cleaning. Try Goo Gone Foaming Kitchen Grease Cleaner to cut through the grease and grime without needing to scrub.

Create shelving


Removing cabinet doors to create shelving can provide a sense of openness and additional space. Simply remove cabinet doors and fill in holes with wood filler. Then, sand until smooth and paint as desired. You can paint the inside of the newly open cabinets as a decorative treatment.

Introduce new fabric

Are your cushions looking dingy and outdated? Re-cover chairs or stools with bright, patterned fabric that reflects your personality. Also consider framing the space with new curtains that liven up your “new” kitchen.

Find your green thumb

Instead of buying fresh herbs at the grocery store or farmers market, plant them in pots in your kitchen. They will help add freshness to both the atmosphere and your food (while saving you money).


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