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I was dying to upgrade my kitchen and managed to transform the space in one simple step

Owning a home doesn’t always have to strain your pockets if you’re smart enough.

Homeowners have shared their tips on how to remodel their kitchens in easy steps without breaking the bank.

Homeowners share on Reddit how they remodeled their kitchens without breaking the bank

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Homeowners share on Reddit how they remodeled their kitchens without breaking the bankPhoto credit: Getty

One Reddit user said repainting her kitchen cabinets was “the best decision ever” to brighten up her living space.

“It’s easy too — all you have to do is clean them, sandpaper them, prime them, and paint them with two coats.”

The user said he only paid $100 for the project.

“I use a roller and brush on the frame/box. Just tape around the edges, then brush the small details and roll each large area,” he continued.

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“The boxes have very little visible surface, so no one can really tell you’re painting them. It’s the doors that are most visible and need to look their best.

“TRIVIAL” UPGRADES

Not every upgrade has to be a complete renovation or remodel. Sometimes even a small addition can make a big difference in a home.

User Beley replaced the “super cheap” outlet and light switch covers in his home with ceramic and stone covers.

“I’ve made so many small upgrades, but the ones that bring me joy are the trivial ones that I notice every day,” they said.

Changing outlet switches made “such a big difference.”

The user added, “I’m still amazed that the people who built our home use so many construction quality products at all.”

INSTANTLY AWESOME

Another simple trick that works in both the kitchen and bathroom is swapping out your soap dispenser bottles.

“It’s so tiny, but using amber glass bottles with pumps instead of the single-use plastic bottles that soap and shampoo come in makes our bathroom (and kitchen) look instantly swankier,” Cleodora wrote.

You can buy a two-pack of amber glass soap dispensers on Amazon for $20.

These bottles can be used for soap, shampoo, lotions and essential oils as per the listing.

LIGHT IT

If you’re looking for a way to brighten up your kitchen, try investing in LED strip lights.

CountingSatellites on Reddit said they installed under-cabinet lights with a motion sensor in their kitchen.

“They’re really nothing fancy and plug into an outlet so nothing needs to be hardwired,” they wrote.

“Besides, they are completely hidden. That makes working in the kitchen much more pleasant.”

HARDWARE UPGRADE

Sometimes all you really need to liven up your kitchen is a simple hardware upgrade.

User ShieraBlackwood said they did just that with their older cabinets, claiming that the project was “so worth it.”

“I didn’t know how much I cared about these drawer pulls until I installed a few that I really loved.”

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Years after the project, they said they “still feel happy” every time they step into the kitchen.

“The total investment for new handles and pulls for every cabinet in our kitchen was just under $100!”

One Redditor said changing the covers on their outlets and light switches completely transformed their kitchen

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One Redditor said changing the covers on their outlets and light switches completely transformed their kitchenPhoto credit: Getty

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