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Living Space: 7 little ways to update your kitchen without renovating

Caylin Harris, RealSimple.com on

While we all might have visions of our dream kitchen dancing in our head or multiple images pinned to a Pinterest board, doing a full-scale renovation might not be in the budget at the moment. But that doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do. Here are a few easy ways to update your kitchen — no remodeling necessary.

1. Introduce open shelving.

If you’ve got a massive blank wall to fill, you might want to consider adding some shelves. They’re a great way to show off your beautiful glassware, a collection of serving ware, or gorgeous cookbooks — and they’ll give the room even more storage space. Add sculptural or minimal brackets for that extra touch of elegance.

2. Paint the cabinets.

Yes, painting your cabinets is quite a bit of work, but it’s incredibly affordable! It’s the cost of a can or two of paint (plus primer!) and some elbow grease if you’re doing it yourself. Whether you opt for a dramatic black or a soft dove gray, a couple of coats of paint will completely transform the look of the entire space.

3. Swap out the hardware.


You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to give your old, outdated hardware a refresh. Warm up your finishes with a brass option in a sleek, modern shape. This will instantly make your kitchen look on-trend, but it won't cost a fortune to achieve.

4. Add under-cabinet lighting.

Give this space some drama while showing off pretty display pieces. You can find a bunch of options, including LED battery-operated versions that just stick on. It’s a softer lighting option than overhead lighting — and it creates a warm ambiance at night.

5. Paint the walls.


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