5 Cost-Conscious Kitchen Upgrades for Fall

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In many homes, the kitchen is the place where family and friends gather. If your kitchen is looking a little dreary but you don’t have the budget for a full-scale renovation, consider small projects that enhance the existing features in your kitchen. Here are five suggestions to get you started:

Revitalize woodwork
Sanding and staining or painting cabinetry can transform a space. Remember that lightly colored cabinets and countertops will make a small kitchen space feel larger, and you can bring pops of color into the room with the backsplash and decor.

Rejuvenate tile
Tile floors and backsplashes are common in the kitchen, but stained tile or mildewed grout can make a space look grimy. A thorough cleaning will brighten up the entire space. Start with plain water and a stiff-bristled brush. If that doesn’t work, try a solution of vinegar and water. For more cleaning tips, go to BobVila.com. To keep grout clean and stain-free, spray it with vinegar and wipe it down once a week.

Swap hardware
New cabinets are expensive, but you can still create a different look with new hardware. Simply swap dated pulls for a more contemporary look, perhaps in a new color, to bring a new mood to your kitchen.

Evaluate lighting
The lighting in a room has a significant impact on its overall feel: a bright, airy room exudes energy while a dimmer, soft illumination evokes a cozy impression. Changing up the lighting can completely transform a space. Window treatments allow you to control natural lighting and add an opportunity to use color and textures in the kitchen. Task lighting is especially important in the kitchen as well. Evaluate lighting on your workspaces, and add new lights or change bulbs as necessary to achieve a perfect balance.

Change the temperature
Between busy bodies and hot ovens, the kitchen can be a little too warm for comfort. Installing a ductless system can be a simple solution to keep your kitchen cool and comfortable, and they are quieter, more attractive, and easier to install than other types of units. Learn more at mitsubishicomfort.com.

Making updates to your home is a natural part of ownership and a good way to protect and grow your investment. Fortunately, making a big difference doesn’t always have to come with a big price tag attached. If you’ve got a great budget-friendly kitchen remodeling idea, we would love to hear it. Post your photos and tips in our comments section.