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31 Budget Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact

Ready for a mini-makeover? These quick-and-easy ideas will give your kitchen a new look in no time, whether you can spend a lot, a little or nothing at all.

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Photo: Nathan Schroder Photography. From: Urbanology Designs.

Kitchen Updates That Won't Break the Bank

Looking to upgrade your kitchen's style without making a serious dent in your bank account balance? Look no further than these 30 budget-friendly kitchen updates. From simple fixes like tips for intentionally styling your shelves to major style transformations like tiling your backsplash, each of these kitchen updates is guaranteed to leave your kitchen looking and feeling better than ever before.

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Photo: David Patterson. From: Duet Design Group.

Free: Repurpose a Rug

Repurposing a rug you already own is a quick, easy and (most importantly) free way to freshen up your kitchen’s aesthetic. Don’t feel like you have to stick to something neutral that takes a backseat. Instead, usher in bold colors, textures and patterns that pop to make a major visual statement.

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Photo: Nathan Schroder Photography. From: Urbanology Designs.

Free: Style Your Shelves

Without intentional styling, open shelves and glass-door cabinets can become utilitarian storage that will drag down your kitchen’s look. Make open shelving work for you by clearing away the clutter and transforming it into stylish storage. Put away any unsightly items and line the shelves with a combination of pretty yet practical kitchen tools and purely decorative items.

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Photo: David Patterson, Woodley Architectural Group, Keim Construction. From: Unscripted Interior Design.

Free: Create a Coffee Bar

Every coffee drinker dreams of the luxurious built-in coffee bars complete with sinks, lighted shelving, fridges and espresso machines that call for a second mortgage. While these pricey perks may be out of your budget, a coffee bar is still totally attainable. Simply designate a corner of your kitchen and stage your coffee machine, coordinated mugs and all your coffee-making supplies on the counter. No sink? No problem. Place a stylish carafe on the counter and fill it as needed.

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