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Replacing the hardware on cabinets -- generally the hinges, handles or knobs -- is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to give those cabinets an entirely new vibe.This is especially effective if the existing cabinet hardware is outdated or doesn't match your sense of decor, such as large black hinges that suit a rustic kitchen but not a contemporary, modern room.On a recent project, I added two new doors to a pantry cupboard and put mesh in the doors providing a glimpse inside the cupboard as well as ventilation for the veggies, and the effect was spectacular – as well as functional. Update your benchtops If your benchtops are tile, timber or laminate, in some cases you can paint them, which can completely rejuvenate both the benchtop and the kitchen.If they are outdated marble or granite (yes, there was a time when dark green was the all the rage) it is best to replace them, but it may be possible to put a new surface on your old benchtops, which really save on costs. Change the lighting You can add more or less task lighting (ie, down lights or spot lights), introduce decorative yet functional lighting via pendant lights, or install a skylight.You know how they always seem to be halfway through a big project on those shows and then one of them gets an idea for something they want to add, or do differently and everyone else groans because that idea will add on, like, of extra work time! So by that time, I just wanted the project done and out of the way so we could actually start enjoying the new kitchen updates.And everyone on the show is walking around saying “Oh no! And then, as if it was our fate to finish the kitchen, exactly when it was really starting to bug us the most, GE Sealants stepped in and asked us if we’d like to try out their new fancy-shmancy, super-quick, extra-easy-to-use adhesive. Let’s start out by looking back a few years at how our kitchen used to look, and then I’ll show you how we quickly updated our cabinets with the new GE Iron Grip adhesive, and I’ll show you how awesome that part of the kitchen is looking now.This is one of those times when I wish life was a little more like TV. We could tell that it would look amazing and we just couldn’t do it.

Of course, in real life, when you’re working on a project and you get an idea to change something, no matter how small, it seems like it always adds on something like 3 more to the project. That was the case with these mouldings on our kitchen cabinets.

Brushed platinum hardware offers an instant boost of modernity, while metal jeweled knobs or colored glass knobs suit eclectic decor.