Updating outdated bathroom inexpensively

The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware.The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.There are plenty of options besides plain clear glass: you can choose from etched (shown), fluted, crackled, colored or patterned glass, and set off your new look with interior cabinet lighting.Custom kitchens have lots of built-in features to add functionality, but there’s no reason you can’t have the same perks on a budget.It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach.

Did you know you can recolor your appliances with vinyl?

Peel-and-stick adhesive backing has come a long way, baby — there’s a pattern available for every kitchen style these days, and you can even design your own at Spoonflower.

This cabinet was lined with Spoonflower’s removable wallpaper by DIY blogger Jessi Wohlwend a Practically (the design shown is “quatrefoil lg yellow” by designer misstiina).

“It really lightened the space up and gave it a ton of personality,” she says. ” See how she did it here; since the original blog post was written, she has painted the lower cabinets navy blue and installed bright-white countertops (shown).

If you have solid but unremarkable builder-grade cabinets, the simplest route to a high-end look is adding some height with crown molding.

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