Spending your hard-earned money on a major kitchen remodel may be difficult to justify during a flagging economy, but that doesn't mean you can't give your kitchen a much-needed facelift. Here are just a few of the ways you can spruce up your kitchen without taking a hit on your pocket book.

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With a little paint, new lighting, and some contemporary hardware, you can completely update the look and feel of your kitchen.

Step 1

New paint is hands down one the quickest, easiest, and cheapest ways to completely overhaul your kitchen. Head over to your local paint or hardware store to get color samples of the shades you like. These days, most major paint retailers (e.g. Benjamin Moore) offer paint color samples for just a few dollars so you can actually test a shade out before painting the entire room. Rosy tones and yellows are really warm hues while greens, grays, and blues are cooler shades. Stick to just one or two colors with an accent shade for a cohesive look.

Step 2

Refacing cabinets can be expensive and replacing them is even more, so why not opt for new hardware? New, contemporary handles and drawer pulls can instantly update and modernize your kitchen.

Step 3

Swap out your old sink with a new kitchen sink faucet. The latest trends in kitchen sinks include natural materials, such as stone and fireclay. Large, single-basin sinks are becoming popular as well as farmhouse and undermount sinks.

Step 4

For less than $300, you can install a new, beautiful chandelier above the kitchen table. Or get rid of the outdated light fixtures and replace them with recessed lighting. New lighting and accents can complete the look and feel of your kitchen.

Step 5

Add new complementary décor in your kitchen such as new window treatments and wall hangings. Replace your old kitchen table and chairs with a new set or just refinish the pieces.

Step 6

Upgrade appliances or for even less money, simply switch out the faces. Contact the manufacturer to inquire about ordering new stainless steel, black, or white faces. On most dishwashers, the face is actually reversible so you can turn it over for a completely different color.

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