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Kitchen updating ideas

Design by Sarah Richardson Turn a colorful but unused apron, shower curtain, tablecloth or any leftover piece of fabric into a cute window topper.

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"Citrus-like colors — orange, yellow and green — look great in a kitchen," she says.3. "Replacing existing doors with glass-paneled ones looks like a major upgrade," Scott says.Design by Beth Haley Every kitchen could use more storage.This cleverly concealed drawer, designed by Dave Stimmel, provides the perfect place to keep cooking necessities within easy reach of the stove.A complete overhaul wasn't in the cards (new cabinets are pricey!), so instead, she gave the cabinetry a fresh coat of paint.Attach plate hangers and display in a grouping for budget-friendly artwork that packs a playful punch.

White cabinets help a kitchen feel bright, open and clean.

Add a fun touch with plates that spell out whatever's on your mind.

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn turned mismatched plates into this very clever kitchen decoration by simply applying vinyl letter decals.

Painting your existing cabinets is an inexpensive update that even a newbie DIYer can handle.

Some sandpaper, paintbrushes and a few gallons of primer and paint are all you need to give your kitchen a fresh, new look.

If your kitchen has good bones but simply looks tired, painting your cabinets can be just what the doctor ordered.