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5 Kitchen Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Reface, Refinish and Replace: Transforming Your Kitchen Cabinet Doors
DIY glass panes in your kitchen cabinet doors rock! Just ask this guy.
DIY glass panes in your kitchen cabinet doors rock! Just ask this guy.
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New kitchen cabinets can be big-ticket items in a kitchen remodel. Save money by revamping your existing cabinets:

  1. Add molding for a customized look -- Take your existing, plain-front cabinets up a notch by adding custom molding. First, prep your cabinet doors (sanding or priming). Then, cut, prime and attach your molding with construction adhesive or small nails. Don't skip the caulk; this is essential to making your finished product appear seamless and natural. Last but not least, give the entire cabinet one or two coats of paint. You'll be astounded at the difference.
  2. Add glass inserts -- Glass front cabinet doors are a great way to add a sense of space to your kitchen. Refitting plain-front cabinet doors to accept a pane of glass inserts requires a bit more construction expertise than adding molding, but doing it yourself is completely within reason. has a step-by-step guide to do-it-yourself glass inserts.
  3. Replace cabinet doors -- If the do-it-yourself method doesn't appeal to you, you still have the option of purchasing new cabinet doors rather than buying all-new cabinets. Mix and match solid doors with glass ones for flexible form and function.

Another kitchen decorating trick that will give you a lot of bang for your buck is paint. Get tips on changing up your kitchen color next.