Five hundred bucks is nothing to sneeze at. You can get a lot of groceries for $500, book a weekend away, or have a few nice meals out on the town. You can't, however, usually renovate a kitchen for $500, but you can buy at least one thing that'll make a huge difference in how you use or feel about your kitchen.
We asked three of our favorite designers to tell us the best way to spend $500 on a kitchen. Here's what they had to suggest.
"Something I could not live without in my kitchen is a filtered hot water dispenser. I use it for hot water to make instant tea or coffee in my French press, and also to quickly bring water to a boil on the cooktop. It makes easy cleaning of dirty dishes and pots, too. Oh, and let's not forget how helpful hot water is to open a tight jar lid. I'd much rather cook with and drink filtered hot water than water straight from the tap. The InSinkErator has always been my go-to." — Susan Serra, Founder of Susan Serra Associates Kitchen & Bath Design Firm and Scandinavian Made
2. Removable Wallpaper, $40 per 2-foot-by-4-foot panel at Chasing Paper
"One way to add a dramatic pop of color or texture to a kitchen is with chic, high-quality removable wallpaper. Try updating an accent wall, kitchen backsplash, or even a lower island to maximize your makeover. This is a great way to test out a new color or trend without too much of a financial commitment. Chasing Paper has an amazing selection to choose from and is a snap to install. I love the Marble + Magic print for a kitchen." — Kristin Guy, Creative Director of Dine x Design
3. Large Drawer Pulls, $39 each at Rejuvenation
"One of the most affordable ways to make an impactful change in your kitchen is by updating your hardware. Purchasing and installing new drawer pulls and handles is a budget-friendly upgrade that requires little elbow grease, but the change can be striking." — Gabrielle Savoie, Founder of @SavvyHome and consultant @MyDomaine
What's the best $500 you've ever spent on your kitchen?