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Inexpensive stock cabinetry, a washable vinyl wallpaper backsplash, and items from big-box retailers such as the floor tile, sink, faucet, refrigerator, and dishwasher create a practical and stylish kitchen design. Undercabinet lighting, hidden outlets, and pull-out storage create sleek lines for a modern spin on retro style.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,095.
In a small kitchen like this, it's easy to pack in style on a budget. This look is complete with semicustom cabinetry, brushed nickel hardware, vinyl flooring, laminate countertops, range and range hood. The crisp white cabinets and light green walls create a classic cottage palette.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,055
This budget-friendly makeover focused on surfaces. Vibrant red walls add color and contrast with the freshly painted white cabinetry, while inexpensive laminate countertops complement the color scheme. New stainless-steel appliances and two island pendant lights give the kitchen functional upgrades.
Total cost (excluding labor): $7,417
This once all-white kitchen got a quick facelift with red painted walls. Existing cabinetry and appliances stayed so it was possible to splurge on a granite countertop -- a leftover slab purchased at a reasonable price. Another big-ticket item was a large hutch that replaced kitchen cabinets on the opposite wall.
Total cost (excluding labor): $5,146
A standard builder's kitchen takes on a dramatic new color palette and sophisticated style without changing the floor plan. Brown cabinets were revved up with a red latex base coat and topped with an oil-base black glaze. Charcoal tile countertops simulate the look of a pricier solid-granite slab. A modestly priced drop-in sink and coordinating faucet add sparkle to the space.
Total cost (excluding labor): $5,860
Cabinets are painted granite gray to create visual harmony with the existing black kitchen appliances. Faux-stone tiles -- discontinued and purchased at a discount -- are an elegant addition on the counters and backsplash. A narrow island opens up the traffic flow and adds seating.
Total cost (excluding labor): $6,350
This sunny kitchen is more functional with a smaller island that opens up the work space and provides extra seating. Repainted cabinets, laminate countertops, and stock cabinetry in the base of the island saved room in the budget for the island's large butcher-block top.
Total cost (excluding labor): $6,393
The rustic feel of this kitchen starts with the cabinet doors, which were routed to create a plank look and topped with crossbars. Exposed beams were sanded and stained to match the upper cabinetry. Leftover cherry flooring covers the countertop near the pro-style range. Laminate countertops are used throughout the rest of the kitchen.
Total cost (excluding labor): $7,945
Whitewashed oak cabinets get a new look with a custom nutmeg stain while existing countertops and flooring were retained. Stainless-steel panels were a quick update for the refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher.
Total cost (excluding labor): $8,524
This kitchen got a complete facelift when the homeowner found sales at home centers, used budget-friendly beaded board, and painted rather than replaced the cabinets. They spent a little more on new stainless-steel appliances, matching cabinet knobs, and classic pendants.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,043
By reusing existing cabinets and appliances, these homeowners kept their remodeling costs low. The cabinetry gets a fresh coat of white paint, while the walls get a cheerful pumpkin color. The island, built from an old desk, is a useful food prep space as well as a place for the young family to gather. Sophisticated black porcelain floor tile was used for the countertops to get the look of granite.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,222
New cabinet doors and drawers give this kitchen a cheery look. The sink cabinet has rope accents, bun feet, and a fresh coat of ivory paint. Pale yellow tiles adorn the countertops and backsplash. A refurbished vintage stove and large double-bowl sink were splurges, but they greatly heighten the cottage charm.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,432
Even a new kitchen can come with a reasonable price tag. By vaulting the ceiling and opening the space to the adjacent dining and living rooms, this modest 15x9-foot kitchen feels spacious. Prefinished stock cabinets provide practical storage. A rolling cart was transformed into a work island with added drawer storage below.
Total cost (excluding labor): $9,929