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Workbench: Upgrading kitchen on a budget

  • Modifying color schemes can dramatically change the mood in your kitchen. Mella notes, 'if your kitchen is dark, with small windows, select light and bright colors and your kitchen will feel more spacious and airy. Alternately, if your kitchen is bathed in natural light, this is a great opportunity to use darker colors that can establish a sophisticated motif.'

Is your kitchen tired, dysfunctional or begging for help? If so, read on and discover cost effective ways to modernize and upgrade without breaking the bank.

From changing color schemes to replacing cabinet doors, pulls and sink faucets, you can dramatically transform a kitchen without gutting the entire space. Petaluma based interior designer Rochelle Mella and Galen Butts, manager of Garrett Ace Hardware in Healdsburg, tell us how.

“Do your homework first,” says Mella. “Start your journey by diligently researching DIY websites such as HGTV, Pinterest and Houzz for general design ideas.”

She also recommends YouTube as the place for hands-on tutorials covering every aspect of kitchen remodeling.

Then start with the little things. Moving small appliances to an adjacent pantry is an easy way to reduce countertop clutter. Improve the function of corner cupboards or narrow cabinets by installing a spindle-mounted Lazy Susan with rotating shelves.

Add roll-out shelves to provide easier access to items tucked in the far reaches.

Change colors

Modifying your color scheme can dramatically change the mood. “If your kitchen is dark, with small windows, select light and bright colors and your kitchen will feel more airy,” says Mella.

“Alternately, if your kitchen is bathed in natural light, this is a great opportunity to use darker colors that can establish a sophisticated motif.”

Add a new faucet


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