Updating old cupboards

Give instant visual interest to your kitchen by mixing and matching multiple materials and textures.

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A fresh kitchen is just a few days' elbow grease away.

Prep work and light, even coats are the keys to a successful paint job.

If you love your kitchen cabinets, but want to add some interest to the space for very little money and time, consider changing the color of your island.

This has been a popular design element for years and is showing no signs of changing anytime soon.

This kitchen features uplighting from energy-efficient LED tape on the top cabinets, and task lighting from LED under-cabinet fixtures on the bottom cabinet, both from Kichler.

Kichler recommends dimmable task lighting for the kitchen so that you can make it as bright as necessary for doing prep work but dial it down for evening mood-setting.Paint it, stain it a darker color or clad it in beadboard.You could even put corbels under the breakfast bar for added dimension and inexpensive customization.Off-the-shelf cabinets and inexpensive tile also helped cut costs.Free up cabinet space, and create a clever spot for collectibles, with above-window shelving.Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement.

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