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The Nest Q&A

My kitchen has pastel wallpaper, fluorescent lighting and '80s Formica cabinets. Can I save it on a tiny budget?

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Paint is definitely the way to go! Stripping the walls of that awful wallpaper will allow your kitchen to breathe. Seriously, you'll see a huge difference with a gallon of primer and paint. As for fluorescent lights, those are meant for surgery, not the kitchen. It's time to get rid of them and hire an electrician to hardwire your ceiling. With a simple, classic pendant, your kitchen will be transformed from '80s to timeless.