Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates From Expert Designers

We asked. They answered. Expert designers share what to buy if you only have $200.

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kitchen renovation blends old with newHide CaptionShow CaptionDesigners Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson look for fashion-forward hardware and elegant chandeliers to add glam to their kitchens.

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Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson, Civility Design:
One of the most popular updates is to change your cabinetry hardware, but think in terms of finding some fashion-forward hardware pieces, like Lucite knobs. Instead of mounting them in the traditional location of the lower left or right hand corner of the cabinet door frame, mount it directly in the center of the cabinet door for the greatest impact and change of appearance. Also, spray paint a large diameter washer chrome or a complementing color to your knob to create a decorative back plate. It results in a very glam effect and makes the cabinetry look more like pieces furniture than kitchen cabinetry.

Painting the cabinetry can also add dramatic results, even on basic stock oak cabinets. Clean the surfaces very well to remove any cooking and kitchen grease or dirt, and for best results, use a small foam roller rather than with the one you would typically paint walls. It will take more coats and applications than painting a wall, but the results appear as if it were professionally done. Dark paint, such as black or deep brown, especially when paired up with new hardware, results in a very sexy kitchen with a high-end look and lounge-like feel.

Those are both easy, attainable and well within a $200 makeover, with a little bit of sweat equity. If you're happy with the cabinet finish and hardware you already have, try changing out what may be a boring, pedestrian flush-mount ceiling fixture with a chandelier. New chandeliers are available in both clear and a variety of colored crystals. If you prefer to find a unique, one-of-a-kind chandelier, you'll enjoy the hunt of locating one at resale shops, antiques stores or architectural salvage stores. Your new lighting will change the look, feel, energy and drama of any style of kitchen and provides an immediate wow factor.

Check out more of Don and Jaymes' eclectic design style on Designers' Portfolio.