Sick of the look of your outdated kitchen, but don’t have the hours or funds to completely revamp it? If so, then it’s time that you bite the bullet and make the changes yourself. Believe it or not, it’s actually totally possible to give yourself a “new” kitchen space for cheap—and the best part is that you’ll only need a weekend to complete it!

In today’s video from the Rachael Ray Show, you will see that there really is no excuse for living with a kitchen that you don’t love. By completing these simple projects, you too can craft a warm, colorful, creative space for cooking and hanging out.

  1. Spruce up your cabinets

    If you have wood cabinets, then consider giving them a splash of color. For the best results, be sure that you sand down all of your cabinets and drawers prior to slathering on a new coat of paint.

  2. Give your faucet a makeover

    Most people out there don’t know that they actually have a choice when it comes to their faucet’s finish. To change yours, simply apply some spray paint with a built-in primer that has been rated for both metal and indoor-outdoor use. It’s a small change that can make a big difference!

  3. Make your shelves pop

    For even more added color, consider applying some contact paper to your shelves. We love this tip because not only does this allow for an unexpected pop of color, it also protects your most vulnerable pieces from stains and condensation.

  4. Try out a temporary design on your wall

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    Long gone are the days of stubborn, impossible-to-remove wall papers! We luckily now live in a time when you can purchase some super chic, peel-and-stick wall covering at your local home improvement store. On top of offering a plethora of gorgeous designs, this stuff is easy to remove and won’t cause damage to your walls.

  5. Add a custom touch to your cabinets

    Are your cabinets lacking personality? If so, then why not add some texture to those blank canvases? You can actually create your own borders with thin stock wood to give them a completely custom look. Just use some wood glue as an adhesive, prime, then paint any color you desire!

  6. Change out your hardware

    It seems like a no-brainer, but simply swapping out your hardware (i.e. your knobs and pulls) can instantly transform your kitchen. Sometimes the simplest alterations can be the most dramatic!

  7. Add some heavy duty accents to your walls

    If you are really looking to make some major changes to the overall look of your kitchen, then we definitely suggest trying out some wood veneer. Rachael Ray’s designer opts for a variety that is made from gorgeous reclaimed wood that, we think, is very “nautical chic”. The best part about this stuff is that it sticks on with ordinary Velcro! How cool is that?!

For helpful tips on how to complete all 7 of these super cheap kitchen improvement projects, be sure to watch the video below. Who said upgrading your kitchen had to be expensive, anyways?

What do you think about these tips? Have you tried any of these yourself? How have you made cheap changes to your kitchen?