How to Spruce Up Your Kitchen at Any Price

Rach’s design buddy Evette Rios reveals her best tricks for sprucing up the kitchen, no matter how much (or little) you can spend.
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Divide resources. Improve the kitchen's look (and function) by corralling baking sheets, cutting boards and pot lids with plate racks ($16, and pan dividers ($4 to $5, You'll leave more space for the next item on your kitchen wish list -- okay, the next two items.

Fake a new appliance. FridgeFronts ($90, are refrigerator-size magnets in various patterns and colors that add style to an otherwise ho-hum appliance. Evette used a powder blue one to redo a family's kitchen on the Rachael Ray show -- it matches her on-set fridge!

Work your backsplash. You might equate a pegboard with the garage, but it holds more than tools. With some paint, it can even be a showpiece! Get it primed and painted at a home-supply store, or go DIY with an oil-based, semigloss color. Add S-hooks, and pots and pans are just an arm's length away.

$150 AND UP
Use counter intelligence. Cooking takes a toll on counters, leaving chips and stains. Not ready to buy new ones? Refinish what you’ve got. Modern Masters Countertop Transformations ($248, modernmasters for stores) is a DIY finish that leaves counters looking like new -- in a weekend.

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in May 2010.