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Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2

Kitchen updates again? Really?

Okay, so you’ve decided to paint the kitchen, and got that accomplished last weekend. Isn’t there something else a goddess can do to create a new kitchen without having to take out a loan?

Of course there is! That is what I did last year, and I am here to help you decide what you want to do as an overhaul, without having to break the bank.

The next easiest thing (actually easier than painting), and a little bit pricier would be to change the hardware on your cabinet doors and drawers.

But I like my cabinet hardware! Don’t make me change it! Fine, don’t change it. But I bet it could use some cleaning. Has it ever been cleaned? No? What do you mean you don’t clean your hardware. Well, neither do I. But I learned how just in case.

Metal cabinet hardware needs to be cleaned regularly, else it looks seriously dingy. Think about it. We have grease, dirt, fingerprints, dust, spilled food, all in a small area called our kitchen. The hardware should be cleaned on a regular basis. Let’s say monthly, please. Read more

Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1

Do you want a cheap kitchen update? How about spending (depending on taste) under $100?

At one point or another, all kitchens get boring. Maybe it’s the color of the backsplash, or maybe you don’t have a backsplash. Maybe it’s the color of the cabinets themselves. Maybe you want something more special than just laminate countertops.

There are a multitude of things you can do with a kitchen update, anywhere from the simple to the extreme. The kitchen is the best place to do a remodel and get the most bang for your buck. But do you have tens of thousands of dollars to redo it? Do you have potentially months of having minimal or no access to your beloved heart of the home? I know I didn’t.

But I wanted a change, a dramatic kitchen update. I spent almost a full year doing it a little at a time, what I could afford. My kitchen does not look anything like it used to, other than the appliances and the walls.

Kitchen Update

This is what my kitchen looked like right after I moved in, bought new appliances, and painted some walls.

The easiest things to change your kitchen are at your fingertips. Two easy makeovers that don’t take a lot of time, and ones you can do yourself. Read more

A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen


A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen

Last year was so crazy! There were times I couldn’t even breathe. But I did accomplish a few things, and I want to start sharing with you.

I totally retro’d my baby kitchen. I could not change the footprint. Well, I could have, but didn’t want to. Who wants to pay for plastic surgery when you can be just as pretty with a make up job? So that is what I did. And I will be sharing it with yo over the next couple of weeks.

My kitchen is very small. It is only 9 feet by 10 feet. Two of my walls do not have any counter, one being the view of the outside and the other being blank, with just one outlet and no counter potential. It doesn’t help I have two doorways into the kitchen either!

Available counter space is used by a microwave, coffee pot, and toaster oven. Which leaves me with a tiny square of prep area. For a Goddess chef, that is totally unacceptable!

Add More Counter Space

Most kitchen islands are too big for my tiny spot even though I LOVED the storage space in them, were way too expensive (some of them are priced over $1,000, or they didn’t mesh with my tastes. Did I happen to mention I LOVE retro? Personally, and between you and me, I think I was born about 20 years too late.

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Update The Kitchen Cabinets!

update the kitchen cabinets

Update the Kitchen Cabinets

Probably the least expensive way to change your kitchen look, with the biggest plastic surgery impact, is to update the kitchen cabinets.

“Are you crazy?” you are shouting. That averages from four to nine thousand dollars! It is probably the most expensive part of a renovation. How is that cheap? Maybe if you are The Donald or Bill Gates! But me? I don’t have that kind of money. And if I did, I would replace my car!

Now wait a minute! I said change the cabinets, not replace them. If the guts of the cabinets are fine, just change the face of them.

“Hold on! Refacing!” That still runs probably five thousand dollars. How much money do you think I have? Coffee cans buried in the backyard don’t happen anymore. Who do you think your readers are?

My readers are the DIY goddesses of course! I got your back! Do not worry! How does about two hundred bucks sound? Is that better?

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My cabinets before the transformation

The DIY goddess does things herself, and as long as the structure is sound and the hardware is in good shape changing the cabinet look can be dune with less than two sawbucks and about six to eight hours of work spread over about four days.

I did this by myself, and you can too! It took under a week, while working my full time job, and totally changed the look of my kitchen. I went brighter, to make my tiny kitchen look bigger. Read more