Quirky Kitchen Upgrades: Low Cost, High Impact

Calling the artsy and the craftsy!

Whether you’re doing it to boost your appraisal value or for your own pleasure, a kitchen upgrade is in every smart homeowner’s handbook. Not everyone has the mega budget of a complete remodel so here’s some low cost, high impact strategies from Buzzfeed & Apartment Therapy. Hey, you may even be able to do it yourself.

Add wallpaper inside your cabinets. 
Lining your cabinets with wallpaper is an inexpensive way to perk up your kitchen. Bonus points if you have glass doors, so the pretty pattern will show even with the doors closed.


Use contact paper and gaffer’s tape to make your toe kick pop.


Paint just your lower (or upper) cabinets.
Two tone cabinets are a huge trend right now, and to get the look you only need to paint half of the cabinetry in your kitchen. Painting lower cabinets a darker color and leaving the uppers white can help upper cabinets disappear into the wall and make the room seem more open.


Make your backsplash shine.

You can use plastic tiles that look like they’re tin tiles for this, and they’re removable when you leave. Learn how they did it here, and get similar tiles here.


Change those rusty switch plates. 

This is a great option if you’re renting, because it’s SO easy to swap the old ones back in. There are tons of options out there.


Upgrade boring cabinets with quick molding and a new stain.

You can do this in an afternoon. Get the how-to here.


Give your faucet a facelift with a coat of spray paint.


Nudge two kitchen carts together for a brand-new counter, instantly.

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Do you have your own ideas to share? Please feel free to comment below!

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