How to Remodel Your Kitchen without Spending a Fortune

Get the look of a pricey kitchen renovation—without the cost. All it takes is a few smart upgrades.

You will need

  • Paint
  • Stainless steel contact paper
  • New appliance doors
  • Faux granite
  • Cabinet refinishing or refacing
  • High-end kitchen hardware
  • Vinyl flooring
  • A new faucet and sink

Step 1 Paint the kitchen Add a fresh coat of paint; it immediately brightens any room.

Step 2 Get the look of stainless steel on contact Get the look of high-end appliances by covering them with stainless steel contact paper. Or, get a mishmash of appliances to match by ordering new doors or panels for some of them.

Step 3 Get a “granite” counter If you’re still scrubbing Formica, install a faux granite counter for a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Step 4 Give cabinets a facelift Give old cabinets a facelift by sanding them down and then refinishing or painting them. Or have them refaced – the cabinet boxes stay but new doors are put on. If your cabinets are in decent shape, just slap on some high-end hardware, like brushed nickel knobs or drawer pulls.

Step 5 Floor it Replace an old floor with a vinyl one, which is less expensive than ceramic tile but can look just as pricey.

Step 6 Install a new sink Consider installing a new sink—it’s a relatively inexpensive renovation that will perk up your entire kitchen. Or just invest in a new faucet.