Ultimate Guide to Kitchen Decorating and Design

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Small-Ticket Remodel

These guidelines can help you get the most bang for your remodel budget.

Budget of $5,000 or Less

  • Paint with a bold, bright color; use a faux finish, such as a glaze, on an accent wall; or add wall coverings.
  • Retrofit existing cabinets with organizing devices like cutlery dividers, spice racks, and roll-out waste cans or wire baskets.
  • Change existing cabinet knobs and pulls to more interesting styles and materials, such as glass, pewter, or stainless steel.
  • Improve lighting with dimmer switches; add eye-catching switch plates; and replace outdated lights with stylish fixtures.
  • Add a new backsplash made of a durable, easy-to-clean material such as ceramic tile or stainless steel.


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