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Having the kitchen of your dreams can cost a lot of money, not to mention time and effort. But fear not! It’s totally possible to give yours a much-needed facelift without putting a huge dent in your bank account. Here, nine steps to upgrading your kitchen without doing a complete renovation.

GE gold cabinets

Replace Hardware

New knobs and pulls instantly give cabinets an upgrade without breaking the bank. Really want to save money? Spray-paint your existing hardware in the color (and finish) of your choosing. Hint: You can’t go wrong with gold.

GE marble countertop

Add a Touch of Marble

Cover any unsightly counter space with a pretty marble cutting board. It’s not only decorative but also functional. (A marble slab is a great foundation for tempering chocolate, rolling out dough, etc.)

GE carpet

Embrace Color

Throw down a colorful patterned rug to liven up old flooring. If you don’t have the motivation to redo your entire floor, a bright area rug will make all the difference. Geometric and Aztec patterns complement pretty much any kitchen.

GE sponsored fridge

Smarten Up Your Appliances

Wouldn’t it be nice if your appliances basically took care of themselves? Enter GE’s Slate Keurig Refrigerators. They’re not only smudge-resistant and magnetic but also connect with the new GE Kitchen app to send you alerts when your water filter needs changing or you accidentally leave the door open. You can even schedule hot water for that early-morning cuppa tea. (Oh, and there’s a built-in Keurig!)

GE repaint cabinets

Paint Your Cabinets

A fresh coat of paint will completely transform the look of your kitchen. You can stick with a classic color (like white or black) or go a more playful route with a bright shade (just be sure to keep the rest of your decor minimal and simple).

RELATED: 9 Things You Need to Know Before Renovating Your Kitchen

GE open shelving

Try Open Shelving

This decor style will force you to keep your stuff organized at all times. Open shelves also make your space appear larger, which is great for compact kitchens.

GE greenery

Don’t Skimp on Greenery

Fresh plants and flowers truly add a nice touch and will liven up any drab space. Make a point of hitting the farmers’ market every weekend to pick out a pretty flower arrangement in vibrant colors.

GE window treatments

Hang Window Treatments

Spruce up a bare window with a sophisticated valance or patterned curtains. It’ll add a homey feel--and keep those pesky neighbors from peeping into your house.

GE light fixtures

Swap Out Your Light Fixtures

That hideous 1980s fixture isn’t doing your kitchen nook any favors. Replace it with something statement-making and modern--we love anything copper or industrial-chic--and behold as family dinner goes from blah to fabulous.

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