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Trending on Remodelista: How to Transform the Kitchen on a Tight Budget

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Trending on Remodelista: How to Transform the Kitchen on a Tight Budget

July 9, 2021

You can transform an outdated kitchen on a tight budget by following these tips from Remodelista:

1. Paint the cabinets.

Above: Instead of having new cabinets installed, Krissy O’Shea and her husband simply demo’d the upper cabinets and gave the lower ones a few coats of paint. Learn all their smart renovation tactics in A Game of Clue: A Stylist’s Redone Victorian Cottage in New England. Photograph by Justine Hand.

2. Move in vintage storage furniture.

Not enough storage? Seek out a vintage armoire, usually cheaper than a built-in pantry, for the job. Photograph by Justine Hand, from A Game of Clue: A Stylist’s Redone Victorian Cottage in New England.
Above: Not enough storage? Seek out a vintage armoire, usually cheaper than a built-in pantry, for the job. Photograph by Justine Hand, from A Game of Clue: A Stylist’s Redone Victorian Cottage in New England.

3. Deploy the sink skirt.

For instant charm and personality, take the doors off of the under-sink cabinet and wrap a skirt, in your favorite fabric around it. Photograph by Jonathan Pilkington, styling by Alexa Hotz, from A Modern Fairy-Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment.
Above: For instant charm and personality, take the doors off of the under-sink cabinet and wrap a skirt, in your favorite fabric around it. Photograph by Jonathan Pilkington, styling by Alexa Hotz, from A Modern Fairy-Tale Told in 800 Square Feet: Sandeep Salter’s Family Apartment.

4. Keep the same footprint.

There&#8\2\17;s very little that&#8\2\17;s budget about this kitchen, but one thing designer Tina Rich did to be able to afford the high-end stuff was to maintain the same layout. Photograph by Christian Torres, courtesy of Tina Rich, from Kitchen of the Week: In Connecticut, a Japanese- and Mediterranean-Inspired Room.
Above: There’s very little that’s budget about this kitchen, but one thing designer Tina Rich did to be able to afford the high-end stuff was to maintain the same layout. Photograph by Christian Torres, courtesy of Tina Rich, from Kitchen of the Week: In Connecticut, a Japanese- and Mediterranean-Inspired Room.

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