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    25 Things From Lowe’s That Will Help You Affordably Renovate Your Kitchen

    The kitchen of your dreams is just a DIY or two away.

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    1. A kitchen island that’ll expand your prep space and your storage space, all in one go — and look darn good doing it, too. This wallet-friendly pick features a solid wood top, two generously sized open shelves, a drawer, and a lil' bar for a dish towel in one classy, timeless package.

    The kitchen island

    PS: There’s a smaller version of this exact island available, as well; I have it in my own kitchen — it fits right into an awkwardly sized space between two windows — and I love it. I keep my most used pieces of cookware on the shelves and pot holders and oven mitts in the drawer; it's all very handy. Also, having even just one more prep surface makes the space even more functional than it already is. And it looks so good, y’all. I don’t what it is about this one piece, but it really completes my kitchen’s ~lewk~, somehow. Magic? Must be.

    Promising review: “Great, functionally! We first bought one of these a few years ago, as we needed a new island in our kitchen. Perfect size, good height, and the shelves made wonderful storage for my most used appliances and baking pans. We downsized to a smaller home last year and it is now being used in our living room for the TV and the shelves hold all the gaming consoles. Extra controllers, memory cards, etc. fit perfectly in the drawer. We were so pleased with this product that when we were trying to get counter space and storage in an awkward corner of the laundry room, we bought two more. They fit great in that corner, adding much needed functionality to a difficult spot.” —Gmom

    Price: $153.19

    2. A six-pack of battery-operated puck lights, so you can illuminate your counters and under-cabinet spaces without needing to rewire your entire kitchen. These LED bestsellers mount with minimal fuss, using either Command strips or good ol’ fashioned screws, and they have a remote, for super-easy operation.

    The puck lights

    Promising review: “These lights are bright and beautiful! LED lighting adds so much character to our beautiful backsplash and countertops. Great price! The remote is a huge plus, the lights are dimmable! We highly recommend it! No wires or having to pay for an electrician to install lights under the cabinet. Now our kitchen is complete!” —Kbell

    Price: $34.98 for six

    3. A cabinet painting kit that includes everything you need to give your kitchen an entirely new look, because you’d be amazed what a good paint job can accomplish. Since this kit comes with two cans of paint, a roller arm, two roller covers, a brush, and illustrated instructions, you’ll be ready to go right out of the box.


    Note that although this particular kit is in the color Oxford Blue, Giani makes tons of kits just like this one, in a wide variety of colors — so whether you’re into the clean, crisp, all-white look, or whether you dig deeper colors like this one, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from.

    Promising review:I have extremely cheap cabinets that I wanted to update. I followed all of the instructions and the process went well. This paint is better than your average paint. It goes on like butter. I'm a terrible painter, but this paint is very forgiving. I'm not quite finished with my project. I plan to buy white paint for the top cabinets and I will definitely buy this brand. The blue wasn't a navy as I wanted, but I still love it.” —Jude

    Price: $69.95

    4. Or, a bottle of extremely effective wood polish and conditioner, if you love the natural wood finish of your cabinets, but still want to spruce them up a bit. The oils in this pick condition the wood and keep it from drying out — “feeding” it, so to speak — while the carnauba wax and beeswax give everything a layer of protection it might otherwise be lacking.

    Wood cabinets before and after using the polish

    Promising review: “This stuff is the bomb! OMG! I have no words. Our house was built in 1921 and all the cabinets are original pine. You can tell the previous owners didn't take care of the cabinets at all — they were in terrible shape. I was bound and determined to keep these original beauties, so I went on a hunt for something to bring them back to life. This product did that and more. I can't believe the difference.” —TCan32

    Price: $8.48

    5. A wall-mounted stainless steel pot rack and a set of six hooks, so you can make sure your favorite pots and pans are always close at hand. It’s worth noting that the rack and the hooks are sold separately — but combining these two pieces results in a stylish and practical storage solution that’s infinitely more wallet friendly than the vast majority of wall-mounted pot racks. Plus, this pick gets bonus points for its ability to pack a ton of storage into a tiny footprint.

    The pot rack and hooks

    Promising review: “Pot rack is a hit! Simple yet elegant and very functional without taking up a lot of room in your kitchen.” —John S Forminio

    Price: $39.95 for the pot rack and $7.95 for six hooks

    6. Some new butcher’s block countertops, because honestly, you’d be surprised how affordable they are, especially compared to granite or marble. This solid birch pick is just waiting for you to give it the exact finish you want, because hey, guess what? DIY can yield gorgeous custom results — without the custom price tag!

    The butcher's block countertops

    Promising review: “Remodeling our 1960s ugly-as-crap kitchen by ourselves and I took the leap and bought the 4-foot butcher block countertop for the shorter side of our kitchen that was completely bare — I'm SO thrilled with it! It's a solid, heavy piece of wood and the entire wood-staining ordeal went off without a hitch. The wood staining is what I was most fearful of, because I didn't want to mess up a piece of wood that I paid for. I surprised myself and stained it like a BOSS to the exact color that I wanted, by mixing colors (Minwax). We didn't do any sanding to our countertop before staining — it's very smooth already. ... If you're a fan of butcher block countertops, you'll LOVE this! There's nothing better than customizing a countertop color and having it turn out flawless! YOU CAN DO IT!!!” —DIYer

    Price: $119+ (available in four-, six-, and eight-foot lengths)

    7. Or, a roll or two of marble-look laminate sheets, so you can give your countertops a new style without straight-up replacing them. Durable and impact resistant, these sheets are both easy to install and easy to keep clean — and they’ll last a heck of a lot longer than regular ol’ marble contact paper will.

    The laminate

    Promising review: “My husband and I have recently installed this laminate on our kitchen counters. It is beautiful and I love it! We have never done this type of project ourselves, so it took some patience and watching tutorial videos, but the outcome was worth it. The best part is we saved a ton of money on labor or worse — paying to remove old counters and install new ones. Our counters look fantastic now, for a fraction of the cost. Now, if you get this product thinking you are going to fool someone into thinking you have ACTUAL marble counters, you're going to be disappointed. But this is by far the prettiest laminate I've ever seen and for the money I would buy this again over and over.” —PEBBLE43

    Price: $79.68+ (available in two sizes)

    8. Some sleek and modern drawer pulls that’ll replace your old, dated hardware with an instant upgrade. These reviewer-loved steel bar pulls install quickly and easily — and even better, they come in a pack of 24, so you can take care of aaaaaaall your drawers and cabinets in one fell swoop.

    The drawer pulls in the color Matte Black

    Promising review: “Our recently painted cabinets look sharp, but the hardware that was still on them looked blah. They were thin, rectangle-shaped pulls that looked somewhat cheap. We wanted to stay with the same size cabinet pulls and something that resembled matte black. Sticker shock set in at Restoration Hardware and we continued our search. We found these pulls and instantly were attracted to the Soft Iron finish. Installation was a breeze and literally only took a couple minutes per cabinet to install the hardware that was included. The kitchen looks night and day!” —Pherring

    Price: $151.26 for 24 (available in seven colors)

    9. A couple of mini glass jar pendant lights, so you can finally give your kitchen the cozy accent lighting you’ve always wanted. It’s worth remembering that pendants are great for style and ambience, but you’ll still want some recessed and/or under-cabinet lights for actual, y'know, cooking. However, these cute lil' babies will give you some gorgeous spot lighting above your island or table, and inject some farmhouse style into your home at the same time.

    The pendant lights in the color Aged Bronze

    Promising review: “Affordable and adorable. My husband and I purchased this fixture last year and we have been very pleased! The look is simple, yet modern and sophisticated. The clear glass shades show off the beautiful Edison bulbs. The staggering of the individual pendants really gives this fixture character. We installed a dimmer some years ago and this fixture works well with it. We found the product affordable and are very happy with our purchase.” —Melissa

    Price: $39.98 per light (available in two colors)

    10. Or, a set of 12 classic round knobs for a timeless look that’ll evolve right alongside your ever-changing kitchen style. These satin nickel knobs are endlessly versatile — and super affordable to boot.

    The knobs

    Promising review:High quality and very nice-looking on our dark wood cabinets. Single screw attached knobs are definitely easier to install properly than multi-screw attached handles. No regrets. They come with two different screw sizes. I use the long screws on drawers and the short on cabinets. You will need a 3/16-inch wood drill bit for screw holes.” —Jay

    Price: $39.54 for 12

    11. A 40-pack of rubber cabinet bumpers, because they’re an easy-peasy way to protect your new paint job and cut down on the noise that slamming cabinet doors can make. Just stick these lil' guys onto the inside corners of your cabinet and you’re all set.

    The cabinet bumpers

    Promising review: “Some of my kitchen cabinets have lost their cabinet bumpers. I really like having a set of these on hand to replace them as needed. They make a huge difference on the sound of the cabinets closing, as well as protecting the white paint. Some of my cabinets are used much more than others and these are the perfect size to protect the corners. The adhesive is strong and the design is perfect.” —preppygirl56

    Price: $7.58

    12. An adorable piece of coffee- and tea-themed canvas wall art, because you’re going to need something to hang on your naked, naked kitchen walls. These brightly colored kettles and cups will add some playfulness to your space, because food should be fun, right?

    The wall art

    Promising review: “I love this canvas pic. It is so cute and perfect for my coffee station in my new butler’s pantry.” —AwMawsum

    Price: $44.62

    13. Some glossy white subway tiles that’ll finally give you the vintage-style backsplash of your dreams. These tiles require thin-set mortar for installation, so depending on how handy you are, you may want to get a little professional help putting them up — but FWIW, reviewers who installed them themselves say that they’re very forgiving, super cost-effective, and look terrific. What’s not to love?

    The subway tiles

    Promising review:This tile was so affordable and easy to work with. We ordered 250 tiles — not one of them was chipped or broken. We didn’t notice any variations in color or thickness. Went up quickly and looks great!” —Sara

    Price: $0.89 per tile, or about $3.56 per square foot

    14. Or, a natural stone peel-and-stick kitchen backsplash, so you can change up your over-the-stove style without needing to mess around with mortar or grout. These self-adhesive tiles just stick right onto wherever you put them (after you’ve cleaned the surface, of course) — and they peel off again with ease, making switching up your backsplash on the regular a heck of a lot simpler than you probably thought it would be.

    The peel-and-stick tile in the color Stacked Carrara

    Promising review: “I absolutely LOVE this peel and stick tile!! These are real natural stone tiles with an adhesive backing, not stickers like other peel-and-stick tiles. The quality is amazing with a beautiful gray and white marble/stacked stone. Easy to install and adjust. I did my fireplace surround first and loved it so much I installed our kitchen backsplash. So beautiful and no tile saw needed for my project. Would give 10 stars if I could!!” —lmorphew

    Price: $12.98 per square foot (available in two colors)

    15. Speaking of grout: A bottle of heavy-duty grout cleaner, because honestly, sometimes, you don’t need to renovate so much as clean to give your space a bright and shiny refresh. Just spray it on any grungy grout you’ve got in your kitchen, let it sit for a minute, then wipe it with a damp cloth, and voilà!

    The grout cleaner

    Note that this cleaner shouldn’t be used on marble, terrazzo, travertine, natural stone, chrome, stainless steel, brass, or Corian. Make sure you know what your floor or backsplash is made of before you go to town with this stuff.

    Promising review: “Bought this product to try it out. I started in the kitchen in a small area — couldn't believe my eyes! All that nasty black grout color came right out and cleaner grout appeared. I used a small brush and wiped clean with clean water. Wear gloves and open windows; it does have some smell to it. It exceeded my expectations. I had tried so many other products.” —Sj

    Price: $8.98

    16. A versatile steel over-sink drying mat that’ll free up tons of counter space for things more important than dishes (see also: #25). Usable as both an under-mount or an over-the-sink option, this sturdy rack spreads out across the sink itself, letting everything drip dry right where it should. Then, once everything is put away, you can roll the mat back up until you need it again, for even more space-saving power. A good renovation is all about the details, you know?

    The drying mat

    Promising review:This mat not only provides great space to drain dishes but also effectively extends counter space. I use it regularly while cooking. It can hold a hot frying pan or pot right from the stove (up to 400 degrees F), which is super convenient. It is designed to fit the sink perfectly and rolls up to wash in the dishwasher. Best sink accessory ever!” —plumberful

    Price: $19.98 (originally $24.95)

    17. A new pull-down faucet, because changing out one of the major functional focal points of your kitchen is a lot easier — and cheaper — than you probably think it is. You can get an excellent faucet for under $200, generally speaking; this stainless steel pick from Moen, for instance, switches from stream to spray with the push of a button, paired with a spot-resistant finish for easy maintenance. Also, it’s both futuristic yet classic in style at the same time. Everybody wins!

    The faucet

    Promising review: “Just installed yesterday with new granite counter tops and large single bowl under mount sink. Very easy install, no leaks, all components are very good quality, great design, and well engineered. It is also possible to buy additional components for it should the need arise. Looks terrific and operates flawlessly. Recommended.” —BLRGZ

    Price: $159 (originally $179)

    18. And an apron-front farmhouse sink that’s surprisingly budget friendly, proving that sometimes, yes, you can actually have it all. Made of fireclay for supreme durability, this charming yet functional sink may finally make it *gasp* fun to do the dishes.


    Promising review:Better than I expected for a reasonable price. Can't wait to get it installed in my new kitchen!” —Kimberly

    Price: $249

    19. A pull-out cabinet organizer or two, so you can keep your nicely refinished cabinets looking as neat and tidy inside as they look outside. This two-tiered, soft-close rack mounts right inside your cabinet; then, once it’s installed, you can just pull it out, find what you need, and roll it back in — no need to spend 10 minutes sitting on the ground as you root around inside for that one pot you need right now. Who needs custom cabinet inserts when you’ve got this?

    The cabinet organizer

    Promising review: “We purchased two of these for under the cooktop where pots and pans are stored. What a difference! We can find anything we need without everything falling out of the cabinet, and they are sturdy enough to hold even the heaviest pots and pans. Our house and cabinets are old, 1960, so there is a half-depth shelf that is nailed and glued in, making it another whole project to remove. Instead, we left it in place and fit the top drawer right over it. No lost space, fairly easy installation, took my son roughly two hours to install both sets. Oh, and, the soft close is an excellent bonus feature. There will be more of these for some other cabinets very soon!” —LG 

    Price: $94.98

    20. A foodie-themed anti-fatigue mat that’ll keep you comfortable as you whip up your favorite meals in your fresh, new kitchen. The rubber backing makes sure it stays in one place, while the cushioned material eases your aching dogs and back. Comfort plus decor is always a winning combination, is it not?

    The anti-fatigue mat

    Promising review: “I found this looking for a laundry room runner and had to purchase when I saw it on sale. The original I had in the kitchen used to slide and was so tall I tripped on it frequently. This mat doesn't budge, and has a lower profile. It is very comfortable and ties my decor together. It was more than I wanted to pay, but I got exactly wanted.” —KLTWM

    Price: $35.45 

    21. A super-tall wall-mounted storage rack, because you don’t have to drop a bundle on a custom pantry to get pantry-style storage. This sturdy wire rack can attach to the inside of your existing pantry’s door, or you can just mount it directly onto any free wall you’ve got in your kitchen. The eight baskets can be detached and moved around depending on your needs, too, opening up a whole world of organizational possibilities.


    Promising review: “Wish I’d gotten this years ago! This rack holds so much more than it seems! And everything is visible and easily available. You can configure to fit exactly the things in your pantry. It literally increased my pantry size by 30%, and is really functional in the space. It's slim enough to fit almost anywhere, but roomy enough for big vegetable oil bottles, tons of spice bottles, basically anything in the pantry. Also, it has so many shelves!” —NJhappy

    Price: $43.98

    22. A couple of versatile bar stools that’ll ensure you always have enough seating without making your space look cluttered. These upholstered stools work wonderfully with kitchen islands and bar-height tables alike — and because they don’t have backs, they tuck away easily when not in use.

    The bar stool

    Promising review: “I was in need of extra seating for the holidays. With a bar-height table, I needed seating to match the height, but did not take up too much space. The bar stools fit my need perfectly. .... Assembly took less than an hour for both stools. Fabric is elegant with a touch of elegance in the tacks around the base. When not in use, they fit nicely on the side of the sideboard. These stools are perfect.” —Debbie

    Price: $69.98 per stool

    23. Some vinyl plank flooring that’ll give you the look of wood with comfort and durability at an affordable price point. Vinyl planking can be installed over your existing floors, making it a great option when you don’t want to rip up your entire kitchen to redo the floor. (You’ll save a few more bucks that way, too!) Reviewers love this dovetail oak option for its realistic appearance and ease of installation.

    The flooring

    Promising review: “Beautiful! This was the perfect color. I stained old 1990s blonde oak cabinets to rich coffee with nickel hardware. This flooring picks up both the browns and grays. Easy install. No mess. Soft to walk on. Not overly cold like tile gets. Hard for people to tell what the product is. Totally amazing.” —Snooky

    Price: $2.49 per square foot

    24. And a fancy yet affordable coffee maker, because you deserve it, dang it. Cuisinart’s 12-cup Coffee Plus model brews a terrific cup on command or on a schedule, thanks to its programmability — and there’s also a hot water reservoir that ensures you always have water ready for tea, hot cocoa, noodles, oatmeal, you name it. And at this price point, it’s a real steal!

    The coffee maker

    Promising review: “I love my Coffee Plus! With its perfectly programmable features, I have custom-brewed, rich, and tasty hot coffee waiting for me every morning. That fresh coffee aroma simply calls my name! The coffee is just to my taste. I am very picky about my coffee, and this really makes the grade. I have used pre-ground coffee and freshly ground whole-bean coffee (using my coffee grinder) with equally great results! And I have afternoon tea with the super easy and reliable hot water reservoir. Push the button and the hot water is ready in minutes! The hot water dispenser is also perfect for oatmeal in the morning. I could not be happier!” —Courier Espresso

    Price: $99.99

    25. A chic mango wood and terrazzo cutting board that looks great leaning up against your backsplash as decor, or on your table as a charcuterie plate. Yes, the big-picture stuff is usually where the focus goes in a renovation — but don’t forget about the details and finishing touches, too!

    The cutting board

    Promising review:Great quality and love the two-tone. It’s heavy so be careful when handling.” —Jazzyjaz19

    Price: $33.14

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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