We enjoy our fair share of fancy, five-digit renovations, but it's the smaller, scrappier kitchen makeovers that really have our heart. Ranging in cost from $400 to $7,000, these 10 Before & After kitchen renovations show what can happen when owners don't let small budgets get in the way of big plans. We're inspired — and we know you will be, too!
1-2. A Truly Amazing Transformation For Under $3,500: This kitchen makeover looks expensive, but it astoundingly came in at only a few thousand dollars, thanks to the work of one very creative, industrious couple.
3-4. A Smart Kitchen Renovation For Under $7,000: This kitchen renovation incorporated a number of environmentally-friendly choices, like cork floors, all while keeping the total cost under $7,000.
5-6. Dreary Cabinets (But Still In Good Shape) Get Repainted: You don't need to rip out your kitchen to get a whole new look. Sometimes new paint and appliances will do the trick!
7-8. A New and Improved Kitchen For Under $400: What can one possibly do with only $400? Apparently, quite a lot when you focus on details like the lighting and the hardware.
9-10. An Amazing Kitchen Makeover For Under $500: This grungy kitchen looked like a lost cause, but a few smart, cheap improvements turned it into a super cute space.
11-12. Stephanie's Low-Budget Skylight Kitchen Remodel: This is a great kitchen makeover example for all you subway tile lovers, and the whole project came in under $4,000.
13-14. A Bedroom Becomes a New Kitchen for $6,000: In this budget renovation, the bedroom became the kitchen and the old kitchen became a sitting room.
15-16. Katy's $700 Window-Centric Kitchen Remodel: This small remodel restored a kitchen window over the sink and really upped the charm on the whole space.
17-18. A 1946 Bungalow Kitchen Gets a Modern Update: Half of the total $6,230 budget for this kitchen went to appliances, but the other half went far to cover new flooring, hardware, tile, and cabinet refinishing.
19-20. Maria's Smart, $6,100 Kitchen Facelift: Maria didn't have the budget for a full gut kitchen renovation, but her DIY effort still gave her a really impressive upgrade.
(Image credits: Chelsea of Farm Fresh Therapy; Bethany Nauert; Alison Prince; Katherine Fugit; Katie Logan; Katie Logan/Apartment Therapy; Stephanie Zell; Gracefulfitness; The Kitchn; The Home Project)