But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than (that’s a knob! To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. Nothing updates old cabinets as quickly as fresh coat of paint.Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive.To avoid brush marks in your surface, use a spray paint and sealer (remove countertops first, or thoroughly protect non-sprayed surfaces with plastic and painter’s tape) or a dense sponge roller to apply primer and paint.Afterward, be sure to seal your paint with three to four coats of polyurethane to protect the finish.
The costs can be minimal, and a professional painter or installer in not needed.When was the last time you changed those shelf liners? Putting down a fresh nonstick liner will give you an opportunity to take everything out of your cabinets (and put them back in an organized way), and clean the cabinet or drawer so you start out fresh. I used to have ugly, gray laminate floors in my kitchen, and it made a huge difference when I first put down a red 4x6-inch cotton rug a couple years ago.There are simply so many uses for a non-slip liner. My favorite nonstick liner is this non-adhesive version from Duck (.49 from Amazon). I've since upgraded to FLOR tiles, which were easy to install.Each of the following five updates can be done on your own, but any professional in your area would be more than willing to handle these relatively quick renovations.If you have any additions to these remodeling ideas, let us know in the comments section below. It may be the most obvious answer, but putting on a new coat of paint or changing the color scheme all together can do wonders for an outdated kitchen.