When it comes to investing in your home, the kitchen is a room that enhances your property’s overall value.

However, while you may think you need to pour thousands of dollars into updating your kitchen, that’s not always the case.

Here are five cost-effective updates to help ensure your kitchen looks great.

Chelsea Lipford Wolf spray painting kitchen cabinets
Painting cabinets requires minimal investment, but the result can completely change the look of your kitchen.

1. Paint Old Cabinets

If you want to instantly change the look of your kitchen on a budget, consider painting your cabinets.

Cabinets often take up the most visual space in a kitchen, so refreshing them can do wonders! Consider the look of your other features, like the appliances and backsplash, along with your personal style, when picking a color.

Want a timeless look? You can’t go wrong with white or black.

Kitchen open shelves containing spices and herbs
The key to open kitchen shelving is using uniform containers for all your spices and herbs. The result is an organized, visually pleasing space. (DepositPhotos)

2. Hang Open Shelves

A lack of storage can be a real killer in the kitchen. Consider hanging open shelves that will provide you with extra space for utensils, pots, glassware or whatever else you need.

The best part? Open shelves are easy to access, versatile — you can display glassware while still using them for dinnerware — and give your kitchen a modern appeal.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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