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The average kitchen remodel costs a staggering $18,856 — and high-end ones average $54,909. But you don't need to shell out big bucks to make a big impact in an outdated kitchen.

Whether you've lived in your house for years or you just got the keys, here are some easy ways to give it a refresh:1. "Changing out cabinetry hardware is one of the easiest and quickest updates," says HGTV's Scott Mc Gillivray, author of .

My daughter and I refinished her cabinets years ago and we first sanded the cabinets smoothed the doors and then painted KILZ on it so the stain wouldn't "BLEED" through our hard work.

THEN we painted them and they looked INCREDIBLE with a cream color (before they were dark and dreary!

Look for colorful options or Scott's favorite, a brushed nickel finish.