5 Budget Kitchen Upgrades You Can Make This Weekend

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Happy weekend! If you're the sort who relaxes by doing projects around the house, one of these low-cost kitchen upgrades might be just the thing for you. Ranged in order from least to most ambitious, here are 5 kitchen pick-me-ups that you can have done before Monday.

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1. Change your hardware.
For a little money and not much work at all, you can update the look of your kitchen by switching out the hardware. This is great way to experiment with gold in the kitchen before committing to a big-budget item like a faucet. If you really love the look, you can even add campaign-style metal corners to your cabinets, like Kristin of The Hunted Interior did. If you're going from say, knobs to pulls (or vice versa), this project may involve a little drilling (and filling in of old holes), but it's still doable in a weekend.

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2. Free your cabinets.
This project wins the award for least expensive upgrade in this post, because it won't cost you any money at all. If you really love the look of open shelving but don't relish the idea of tearing down your upper cabinets, take baby steps instead by removing the doors of a few of your upper cabinets. You can use them to display the pretty things you really want people coming into your kitchen to see, and stash the unsightly pots and pans and stadium cups in other places.

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3. Paint only your upper cabinets.
Instantly, a whole new look for your kitchen — and for only half the work of painting all the cabinets. To get an idea of the big impact this can make, check out this Before and After on Apartment Therapy.

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4. Paint the inside of your cabinets.
I never would've thought to do this until I saw this project from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess, and now I really, really want to do it. Having a beautiful color on the inside of your cabinets is like having a fun secret. You might be the only one who knows about it, but it'll make you happy every time you get out your dishes.

Bonus: Apartment Therapy house tour hosts Jared and Chika went for color in the cabinets and open cabinets. Check it out here.

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5. Paint your kitchen ceiling.
How cheerful is this kitchen? I'm sure the hot pink floor helps out a lot, but these homeowners have also given a little love to the ceiling, a part of your kitchen that usually gets neglected. If you do decide to paint your ceiling, make sure to invest in lots of dropcloths. (And send us pictures of the results!)

(Images: 1. Houzz, 2. Natalie Watson via Style Me Pretty, 3. Kate Legere for Apartment Therapy, 4. A Beautiful Mess, 5. Lina Östling for Hus & Hem via From Scandinavia with Love)

Re-edited from a post originally published 5.31.2013 - AB