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simple and cheap kitchen updates

Loved the kitchen from the first time I saw it.  Love the layout, love the ample counter space, love the central location.  Once we moved in, I found a few simple, cheap and fairly easy things I could update to make the kitchen better reflect our style.  

1.  installed a new faucet, with a pullout handle for better reach in the sink.  If we could just increase the water pressure, the spray feature would work better!

2.  sassy 2.5yo grew into a 3yo that doesn't like her picture taken anymore ;)

3.  spray painted the cabinet pulls and fan.  Seriously cheap at $7/can, mostly a time issue in removing, painting and letting dry, and then reattaching.  My mom and I did this together, so it was a fun project.  Fan worked great for a recolor, pulls work moderately as the paint gets rubbed off with use.  We will end up replacing the pulls at some point, but for now, spray painting them made a nice additon to the overall look w/o much investmentfan "before" and "after"


4.  repaired the walls which had gaping holes from replumbing we needed to do when we moved in - thanks, Dad, for repairing them! - and typical wear and tear from use/hangings.  Repainted to a warm and welcoming yellow.  My favorite big impact change!

5.  painted the accent line on the backsplash.  It was pink and turquoise and I used acrylic paints in three tones of brown to give the accent a more updated color scheme.  Very, very easy and made a big difference to me in the overall look"before" and "after" of the backsplash accent line


I've enjoyed working on these small changes and smile when I go into the kitchen these days.  I spend a lot of time in there, so it's nice for it to be a place I enjoy.  We still have some kitchen projects including repainting the ceiling.  Now, to make some decisions about pictures and wall hangings and this room will really start to feel like home!

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Reader Comments (2)

I love the faucet, LOVE the yellow walls (like mine!), and the updated fan. Good job!

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Lea

If you are still having problems with water pressure, think about putting in a Water Pressure tank and pump....It will help tremendously. Our well is 1/4 mile from our house and we could not get any water pressure until we added this.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShawna Oliver

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