Think you can't afford a new kitchen? Think again! These five budget renovations prove that you don't need a ton of cash to get a new look in your kitchen — just some hard work (and a little bit of creativity).
1. Raising and painting cabinets
Pictured above is the kitchen of Mandi Johnson, spotted on A Beautiful Mess. Mandi painted her cabinets instead of replacing them, and opted for a budget-friendly butcher block countertop and plank backsplash.
The smartest thing about this reno, though, is the ingenious solution to the problem of that awkward space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. Mandi removed her cabinets from the wall, re-hung them so that the tops were flush with the ceiling, and added an open shelf below. The open shelving and light upper cabinets give this kitchen a bright, modern feel.
See more: Kitchen Renovation Reveal at A Beautiful Mess
2. Lots of painting
When you look at these two pictures of this kitchen from One Kings Lane, it's hard to believe that they're photographs of the same space — but this budget-friendly transformation didn't even involve new countertops. Inexpensive solutions included painting the entire kitchen in a dreamy pale blue, removing the doors from the upper cabinets, and adding some seriously sexy brushed brass hardware. A framed mirror on the backsplash makes this small kitchen appear much more spacious.
See the transformation: This Zero-Reno Kitchen Makeover Is Amazing at One Kings Lane
3. A DIY-heavy makeover
Taryn of Design, Dining and Diapers transformed her kitchen without spending a ton of dough. She painted the cabinets and added faux wood tile flooring, new light fixtures, and new appliances. The shelves which replaced the cabinet on the left, the subway tile backsplash, and the concrete countertops are all DIYs.
See more pics: Modern Farmhouse Small Kitchen Makeover at Design, Dining and Diapers
4. A small-but-dramatic makeover
This kitchen — also from One Kings Lane — got a totally new look on a totally serious budget. Just paint, a DIY tile backsplash, and new lamps took this space from blah and brown to bright and modern. The shelf above the cabinets is made from a piece of lumber that rests on three small wine racks.
See more of the after: Simple Storage Upgrades for Tiny Kitchens at One Kings Lane
5. Pretty and pastel
And finally, Lesli from My Old Country House gave her dated kitchen a serious update over the course of a couple of years. Updates include new appliances, new light fixtures, and a new sink. She kept the old cabinets, but replaced the doors and drawer fronts, and gave everything a fresh coat of paint for a much lighter look. The crowning glory of this kitchen, though, is the countertops — they look like marble, but are actually a laminate that cost a fraction as much.
For more pics: Monday Makeover: Kitchen Part One at My Old Country House
This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 5 Breathtaking Affordable Kitchen Transformations