Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement.

It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach.

The second time around, I did my due diligence and researched online. If you look at our kitchen before and after pictures, the change in wall color is hard to notice.

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The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.

According to glass insert manufacturer Bendheim, refacing your cabinets costs about 20% of what replacing them would cost.

There was a free-floating shelf there, but my cats loved to jump on it and make things crash everywhere.

So, I found a thrift store mirror I loved, and painted it silver.

By painting the walls greige, the trim white, the tile white, and the bar stools silver, I was able to create a whole new look.

While I was in the painting mood, I decided I would paint the wall between the kitchen and the guest bedroom, right next to the fridge.Plus, it adds an unexpected, fun vibe to the kitchen.Here's a quick before and after so you can compare how much better it looks now.I was on a tiny budget, and determined to transform this kitchen into a space I love.Since my budget was so small, I had to re-purpose a lot of what was already installed in the kitchen, as well as use the things I already had laying around the house.These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden.