10 DIY Projects to Make Your Kitchen Instantly Look More Expensive

Even if you don’t have the budget (or time) for a full kitchen renovation, there are things you can do to give the space that upscale, newly renovated look. In fact, there is a whole slew of DIY weekend projects that will transform your space, and lend it that luxe feel—without the high-end price tag. Honest!

Whether you’re in the market to sell this year or just ready to upgrade your starter home, these projects will provide you with all the inspiration you need to spice up your basic digs. Here are 10 of our favorite DIY projects that will instantly upgrade your kitchen in the span of a single weekend.

1. Install under-cabinet lighting


No matter how bright and well-lit your kitchen may be, installing some lights under the cabinets will instantly elevate the look of your counter space.

“Installing under-cabinet lighting is an inexpensive and easy DIY that gives your kitchen that high-end look,” says Lauren Noel of Love Remodeled. “While some under-cabinet lighting needs to be hard-wired into your existing electrical system, many economical options have a plug-in feature.”

Shop this selection of under-cabinet lighting from Lowe’s to get started.

2. Build your own rack for pots and pans


Sick of all your best pots and pans living in a pile under the sink? Then it might just be time to start showing them off with a custom copper pipe rack.

“Whether hung from the ceiling or attached to the wall, a copper pipe rack is a striking, custom way to arrange and display your pots and pans,” says Vicki Liston of On the Fly DIY. “Mixed metals are still trending, so even if your kitchen has other metal finishes, this will still work.”

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