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10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen
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I'm always so inspired by dream kitchens like  any one of these gorgeous, glamorous spaces. I appreciate the details, materials, the layout — all the finer things that make it special and swoon-worthy. But most of us probably don't cook in our dream kitchen. Instead, we deal with our kitchens' quirks and inconveniences on a daily basis.

Thankfully, your kitchen can still be a place that you love and cherish — a place you enjoy, and not merely tolerate. These 10 small changes are easy upgrades, but they'll go a long way towards making you feel more organized and uplifted in your kitchen.

1. Add or change lighting.

If the lighting in your kitchen is dim or you hate the overhead fixture, change it! Switching out an overhead light fixture is much easier than it sounds. It doesn't have to be super expensive, either.

2. Change drawer or shelf liners.

When was the last time you changed those shelf liners? Or maybe you don't have any at all? Putting down a fresh nonstick liner will give you an opportunity to take everything out of your cabinets (and put them back in an organized way), and clean the cabinet or drawer so you start out fresh. There are simply so many uses for a non-slip liner.

3. Add a rug.

I used to have ugly, gray laminate floors in my kitchen, and it made a huge difference when I first put down a red 4x6-inch cotton rug a couple years ago. I've since upgraded to floor tiles, which were easy to install. I vacuum them frequently, and they've held up well.

4. Replace the faucet.

This is a very simple, straightforward way to upgrade your kitchen, particularly if it's a rental. Really, anyone can do it! Yes, faucets can get pretty pricey, but a small investment for something you use multiple times a day.

5. Update the hardware.

Switching out your old knobs or pulls for something more modern or decorative can really transform the look of your cabinets, particularly if they're bland contractor-grade.

6. Add pull-out shelves and/or drawer organizers.

Sliding shelves and organizer inserts go a long way towards making you feel a little more in control of your kitchen.

7. Add more storage space with small wire shelves.

Wire shelves and under-cabinet baskets make sure you're using all the space available in your cabinets, and even your fridge and freezer

8. Get a great dish rack.

I settled on a heavy-duty dish rack. I've had it for a few years now, and it's held up under even the highest mound of drying dishes, which made it worth the price. As someone without a dishwasher, it makes a big difference to have a reliable dish rack — not to mention it looks nice sitting on the counter. (When I can see it, that is. As mentioned, it's often hidden under a mound of pots, pans, and dishes!)

9. Cover ugly countertops.

Putting in brand-new countertops is not a small change. So to improve on what you have, try one of these tips. If you're a renter and can't make any permanent changes, top a portion of your countertop with a big, handsome cutting board. It's functional and good-looking!

10. Swap out the switch plates.

Faith and I have both swapped the dirty, dingy white switch plates in past and present kitchens for stainless steel ones. There's something really effective about this small change.

 

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