When people walk into your home, you hope the first rooms they see make a good impression. For homeowners Samantha and Bryan Langdeau, that meant working nights and weekends putting together a better, more efficient kitchen. New upper cabinets mean the Langdeau's no longer have to walk across the house for Tupperware and pots they used to store in a guest bedroom closet. Plus, they dressed up the dated room with new hardware, fixtures, and trim. "Now we find ourselves in the kitchen more often than the living room," says Samantha. "It's one of our favorite spaces." Learn more about how they transformed their kitchen on a budget, and steal ideas for your own remodel.
Shown: Brushed nickel hardware on new cabinets and refaced old ones, pendulum light fixtures, and bright finishing touches update the space.