Simple Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen On The Cheap

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Kitchen renovations are pretty major. Plumbing, tiling, gas lines, cabinetry — there’s a lot to consider and many different contractors to hire. But don't fret! There are many smart and beautiful changes you can make without demolishing anything. These kitchens are the products of both careful design and intelligent tricks we can all utilize.

Here at Homepolish, we've seen the full spectrum of kitchen revamps and know a styling trick or two that can make an old kitchen feel new — without you having to take out the sledgehammer. Whether you're dreaming of a bigger, more airy space, organization solutions, or just a way to spruce up your area, we have some great, simple solutions for kitchens. Check them out in the slideshow.
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If you want to (and can) paint your cabinets, we love this matte-gray color. Our designer Benedetta Amadi had her kitchen cabinets painted and added new, modern hardware. These two relatively small changes make a huge difference.

If you can't paint, try removable contact paper! The tricolored pendant lights add a bohemian touch that we adore.
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Sweet lighting brings us to our second suggestion: new lighting. Switching out light covers or even changing the height from which they hang is a relatively inexpensive way to change your kitchen’s vibe. These Moroccan pendants are beautiful and unusual additions to a family kitchen.
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You really can't go wrong with mahogany and marble. Staining your existing cabinetry is an inexpensive and simple DIY project. But, if you rent, this is the kind of thing you'd want to ask your landlord about before diving in.
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We love the glass back of this cabinet. It’s functional (for storing pantry staples in pretty glass containers, bowls, and plates) and has the added bonus of keeping the kitchen feeling airy and open.

Related: This Lover.ly Space Is So Pretty
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If a kitchen is this well-organized, coziness is comfortable, not cramped. Similarly colored items placed in different areas of open cabinetry keep the eye moving and offer a sense of cohesion.
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Copper accents, mirrors, and pretty stools can do a lot to change a space!
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Here's another great light. It's a simple pendant, but it really adds to the room.

Subway tile brightens up spaces
. For the same effect with paint, try high-gloss white on an accent wall.
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Consider adding art to the kitchen instead of saving it all for your living or bedroom areas. You can add color and pattern to an otherwise-neutral kitchen with simple, framed posters or images. Hanging your cute utensils (after they’ve been cleaned of pasta sauce) is an easy and attractive decor idea, too.
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When all else fails, remember: Any space with zero clutter feels zen.

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