In some spaces, surface changes can make a huge impact. The owner of this 1935 bungalow in Durham, North Carolina, loved the size of the kitchen. "But otherwise," she says, "it was just dirty, disgusting, and dated."
With no budget for a complete redo, she decided to use simple, low-cost touches to give the room a new look and highlight original details, such as hardwood floors and the scalloped wood valance above the sink window. While all the cabinets and appliances are the same, new paint, fabric panels, and nickel-finished hardware give the room a colorful new look.
Take a look at A Colorful Kitchen Makeover
to pick up a few money-saving pointers and design ideas.