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5 Low-Cost Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Facelift


[Updated: Jan 21, 2021] Jun 06, 2020 by Maurie Backman
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Chances are, your kitchen is a room you spend a lot of time in. As such, it's natural to want that space to look nice and updated. In fact, that's especially important if you're thinking of selling your home in the near future.

But a full-fledged kitchen remodel can cost thousands upon thousands of dollars, and that's money you may not have or want to spend. The good news, however, is that you can update the look of your kitchen without spending a fortune in the process. Here's how.

1. Install a new backsplash

The purpose of a backsplash is to fill in gaps in the space between your kitchen countertops and your walls. Some backsplashes go all the way up to where cabinets begin, while others don't. A backsplash offers you a great opportunity to jazz up your kitchen without spending a ton, so visit your local hardware store and see what materials catch your eye. Mosaic tile is a popular choice for backsplashes, and it can serve as a nice contrast to your countertops, though that's just one option to explore. Best of all, a backsplash is something you can put in yourself if you're reasonably handy, so you won't have to pay extra for a professional.

2. Put in new cabinetry hardware

Old, dingy hardware can make your kitchen cabinets look old and unappealing. If that's what you're dealing with, replacing that hardware is a low-cost way to update your kitchen. Kitchen hardware is generally something you can remove and put in yourself, though it can be a time-consuming process, so leave yourself time to do the job right.

3. Replace your sink's faucet

You may not have put much thought into your kitchen sink faucet initially, but if yours is starting to leak consistently, swapping it out for a newer one is a good way to give your kitchen a brand- new look. You can buy an updated faucet for under $200 and install it yourself -- no need to hire a plumber if you have the right tools.

4. Reface your cabinets

Replacing your kitchen's cabinets is a big job that's apt to cost a lot. A better bet, therefore, may be to simply reface your existing cabinets. You can do so by placing a new veneer on the surface of your cabinets to cover up chips or faded wood. It's common practice to reface cabinets in conjunction with replacing the hardware, and it's a job you may be fully equipped to tackle on your own.

5. Add a trendy chandelier

When we think of chandeliers, we tend to picture dinner at Grandma's house. But today's chandeliers are a lot less clunky and a lot more sleek, and the right lighting fixture could add a touch of class to your kitchen. Plus, it always helps to have extra light when you're trying to prepare food.

Whether you're an avid cook or the type of person who rarely turns on the oven, it's natural to want your kitchen to look as attractive as possible. The above updates won't cost you a lot, but they could really transform your kitchen beyond your expectations.

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