Cheap ideas for updating kitchen cabinets

I went through two replacements of a cheap wooden dish rack from IKEA, which warped and cracked both times, before I settled on a heavy-duty dish rack from Simple Human.

I've had it for a few years now, and it's held up under even the highest mound of drying dishes, which made it worth the price.

I vacuum them frequently, and they've held up well.

This is a very simple, straightforward way to upgrade your kitchen, particularly if it's a rental. Yes, faucets can get pretty pricey, but as Faith wrote here, you can find single-handle faucets for as low as , and nicer, high arched faucet spouts for about 0 — a small investment for something you use multiple times a day.

Look at my busy worker bees 🙂 This was about as far as we got with my family, but we had made HUGE progress and I was ecstatic!

Before painting the doors, I pre-drilled holes for the hardware.

But I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the dated 50’s cabinetry.

Painting is the obvious answer for dated cabinets, but I was worried that the plain, flat-front doors might still look cheap & bland, even with a fresh coat of paint.

As Faith wrote here, there's something really effective about this small change.Sliding shelves and organizer inserts go a long way towards making you feel a little more in control of your kitchen.A few of our favorite sources for inserts and organizers include IKEA, The Container Store, simplehuman, and Rev-a-Shelf.I didn’t bother with mitered corners because I knew you wouldn’t be able to tell after they were sanded, primed, and painted.We cleaned them up and caulked around the outside edges of the trim for a seamless transition. We used Kilz primer, which is so rough that it needed to be sanded lightly afterwards, but it seemed to provide a really strong base coat.

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