LA Good Questions: Help My Hideous Kitchen!

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AT reader Angie is gearing up for a kitchen remodel--on a budget. Here's what she wrote in to us:

I think I should win the award for "Most Hideous Kitchen". I recently had an estimate done and the contractor said the kitchen would cost at least $15,000-$20,000 to renovate. The amount is not astronomical but it is an amount I do not have. Do my fellow readers and bloggers have any suggestions?

Dear Angie,

After checking out the photos posted on your blog, we're thinking that the biggest issue are the cabinets. There's a couple things you could do to update those, depending on what kind of style you're going for. Painting them white and adding hardware would definitely lighten up the space; or if you are organized and like the modern open shelf look, you could pry off the doors and paint the shelves.

Anyone have any other suggestions or tips for Angie?