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Budget-friendly kitchen redos with wallpaper

Published On: Nov 17 2011 10:32:00 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 25 2012 06:43:11 AM CDT

(NewsUSA) - A kitchen renovation is almost always a costly and time-consuming undertaking. The thought of ripping out and replacing cabinets, countertops and appliances is enough to stop you in your tracks. But a kitchen redo doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Sometimes, the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. Take wallpaper, for example.

Nothing enlivens an outdated kitchen more quickly or more easily than wallpaper. A bright, happy pattern like a toss of fruits or vegetables can play on the past with kitschy, retro-inspired style. Or you can modernize with patterns that mimic tile, stone and metal: a budget-friendly alternative to the real, more costly materials for backsplashes. You don't have to worry about most stains because most wallpaper has a protective coating and is washable, even scrubbable. In fact, kitchen-friendly wallpapers are much lower maintenance than paint, which has about a three-year life span.

Wallpaper isn't just for kitchen walls. Here are some ideas that can modernize any kitchen in an instant:

* With extra wallpaper or coordinating border, cover lamp shades on hanging fixtures to create a chic, pulled-together look.

* Wallpaper inset panels on cabinets and pantry doors.

* Paper the back of glass cabinets or open shelves and turn the display of everyday china into a work of art.

* Tap into your creativity: layer wallpaper with a coordinating border and removable wall decals. Or, if there's a hard-to-reach angle where wallpaper won't work, use a complementary wall decal to pull the look together.

* If the seating in your kitchen faces one wall, create an art installation by placing individual peel-and-stick wall decals in store-bought frames in a pattern on the wall.