Kitchen Makeover

This Incredibly Easy Kitchen Transformation Involved Some Paint, Sticky Tiles, and Little Else — Paint Project

For years Maria Jordan, the blogger behind Maria Did That, painted and updated almost every room of her house — except the kitchen. "I couldn't afford the kitchen I wanted so I just lived with a dirty yellow vinyl floor, yellow backsplash (of an unknown material), yellow Formica countertops with scorch marks, and dark wooden cabinets," she says. At least the dated kitchen had one good thing going for it, Maria points out: decent windows, which often flooded the room with natural light (something even the best renovation can't always fix).

One day Maria had some friends over to watch a football game, and one of them suggested she replace the flooring with the same material he had used to get his house ready for the market. They were just stick-on tiles, but the suggestion was brilliant and caused something to click for Maria.

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The Most Important Step When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets — Paint Project

With any paint project, it's all about the prep. I learned this the hard way when I tried to paint without priming, or thought I might be able to get straight edges without using painters' tape — not possible (at least for me!).

But kitchen cabinets are especially tricky because, if you really do it properly, you need to take everything apart. We're talking everything. You have to take off every single door and drawer face. And every hinge. And every drawer pull and knob.

Besides it being a time-consuming process, it's one that can go wrong quickly if you don't do this one thing: Number the doors and drawers before you take them off.

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10 Things to Buy for Your Kitchen If Your Tax Refund Is $1,000 or More — Treat Your Kitchen to a Tax Refund

Uncle Sam owes you money? Congrats! People say it's actually better to owe money in April because otherwise it's like you gave the government an interest-free loan, but who cares what those people say! You're about to get some money. Money that you didn't technically have before! Put that money to use in the place that matters to you the most: the kitchen.

Here are some ideas on how to spend that refund check if you're getting a cool grand — or more! Wow, lucky you! — back.

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10 Things to Buy for Your Kitchen If Your Tax Refund Is Around $500 — Treat Your Kitchen to a Tax Refund

Uncle Sam owes you money? Congrats! People say it's actually better to owe money in April because otherwise, it's like you gave the government an interest-free loan, but who cares what those people say. Because you're about to get some money. Money that you didn't technically have before! Put that money to use in the place that matters to you the most: the kitchen.

Here are some ideas for how to spend that refund check if you're getting $500 (give or take) back.

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10 Things to Buy for Your Kitchen If Your Tax Refund Is a Couple Hundred Bucks — Treat Your Kitchen to a Tax Refund

Uncle Sam owes you money? Congrats! People say it's actually better to owe money in April because otherwise it's like you gave the government an interest-free loan, but who cares what those people say! You're about to get some money. Money that you didn't technically have before! Put that money to use in the place that matters to you the most: the kitchen.

Here are some ideas on how to spend that refund check if you're getting a couple hundred bucks back.

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You Have to See This $200 Kitchen Makeover — Happy at Home

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You fine readers have been very vocal in letting us know how you feel about open shelving. Some of you love the idea of turning your kitchen into a museum, with all your dinnerware on display. The rest of you? Well, you just can't imagine. You need a place to hide your ugly plastic containers and pile up your mismatched bowls!

No matter which side of this divide you fall on, we're betting you're going to be pretty darn impressed by this kitchen makeover. It was done in just two weekends and cost less than $200.

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