Published on February 5, 2021

You can buy just about any type of kitchen hardware, from handles shaped like lightning bolts to hand-casted gold pulls. But what about the other knobs we touch all the time; you know, the ones on the stove? Our only options are usually stainless steel and stainless steel—until now. Appliance brand Big Chill just launched seven fresh knob colors for its Retro Collection gas stoves, and the pieces only cost $25 each. 

Designer Sarah Catherine made the company’s ordinary white appliance look luxe simply by adding Jadeite Green knobs. Another solid option is to go for a tone-on-tone look. We love the subtlety of the Bottle Green stove with Traffic Green knobs. (Psst: You can also pick from the brand’s 200-plus custom colors.)

This upgrade definitely turns the heat up, but if you don’t happen to own a Big Chill stove, never fear. There are so many other ways to update your appliances on the cheap. Here are a few more hacks we love.

For the Wall Oven

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Photography by Kelly Christine

Katie Sarokhanian changed the look of her dated white oven for $60 by purchasing cling vinyl wrap (the kind of stuff you use to put a business logo on a car) and cutting it to size with a straight-edge knife. 

For the Dishwasher

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Photography by Alexandra Gater

Pretty tea towels make a space look more lived-in, but if you don’t have a natural place to put them, consider hot-gluing a $30 bathroom towel rack to the outside of your dishwasher. “That’s really the stuff that’s a game changer,” says DIYer Alexandra Gater, who designed the rental kitchen pictured above.

For the Refrigerator

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Photography by Natasha Lee

Give the fridge a quick facelift with terrazzo-pattern contact paper (Camilla Blackett got her $21-per-roll option from Samantha Santana). For any of the air bubbles that she couldn’t smooth out with a credit card, she poked holes in them with the end of a safety pin. If she gets bored, she can just peel it off and start anew. 

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