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Modernizing Outdated Kitchens on a Budget

My husband and I have owned two houses together. The first one was built in 1953 and had all of the age and none of the charm from that era in terms of the kitchen: old wooden cabinets, cheap linoleum over-top old original flooring, rusting metal sink…you get the picture.

Our second house was built in 1990, and while a few of the appliances had been updated before we moved in, it still had many of the just-out-of-the-80s touches you’d expect in a kitchen from 23 years ago: dark wood cabinets with brass pulls, builder’s grade drippy faucet, cream vinyl one-piece flooring and original paint.

Modernizing Outdated Kitchens on a Budget


In both cases my husband and I wanted to add some kitchen updates, but we were on a tight budget. Instead of major overhauls, we used accents and accessories to modernize the outdated kitchens, and they worked well.

Hopefully you can find some of these ideas as useful and budget-friendly as we have over the years!

Disclosure: I am compensated for creating foodie-friendly Ideabooks for Houzz.com; however, these picks, ideas, themes and concepts are all my own!

Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for a third tattoo and time to finish my novel.

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