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6 Easy Kitchen Updates

How to freshen the look of your kitchen—without a full renovation

By Jan Soults Walker


The kitchen is a natural drawing card in any home. If yours is more of a joker than an ace, it's time to deal yourself some winning details to freshen the design and look of your kitchen without breaking the bank or cheating you out of free time. When the house wins, so do you!

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Paint cabinets

If cabinet doors, drawers, and box frames remain sturdy, give them a brand-new look with paint. Select one color for upper and base cabinets or distinguish them with two differing hues. You can also give an island focal-point status by setting it apart with color that coordinates or contrasts with perimeter cabinets. Draw attention to details such as beads, trim, and recessed panels by brushing on a dark glaze and rubbing it off with a clean cloth.

Chat with the professionals at the paint or home improvement store to find the best products for cleaning and preparing cabinet surfaces. Buy the best-quality brushes, rollers, primer, and paint (about $35 per gallon) that you can afford to ensure beautiful results and a long-lasting finish.

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