can live with a bad bathroom or a cramped bedroom, but an ugly kitchen?
Just plain unacceptable. A good kitchen is a necessity of life, for
anyone who spends any amount of time fussing over dinners and brunches,
breakfasts and lunches. And if youíre the super-social sort who loves
nothing better than to invite your friends over every weekend, then you
already know this fact: no matter how hard you try to lure them
elsewhere, guests have a tendency to gravitate towards the kitchen. So
for your own sake as well as that of your guests, do what you can to
make that kitchen a welcoming space.
I understand, there are times when it seems like nothing short of a
tear-out-the-cupboards, rip-up-the-lino, full-scale renovation could
possibly turn your bad-70s-era kitchen into something approaching an
attractive space. And for most of us, a $10,000 kitchen redo Ė heck,
even a $1000 one Ė may be a nice dream, but the reality,
unfortunately, is that it just isnít an option. And even if youíre
lucky enough to have the money to spare, maybe you donít have the
time, or the motivation, to undertake any serious remodeling. Whatever
the case may be, thatís still no excuse: you donít have to be stuck
with a kitchen you completely hate. Check out these cheap and easy ideas
for small changes that can add up to have a big impact on that cooking
Change the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls.
Paint the walls. Paint the cabinets. Paint the furniture. Just paint.