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The homeowners had to sacrifice some of the luxuries they craved, such as soapstone counters, but the end result was this warm, beautiful--and affordable--kitchen space. Glass-front 1930s cabinets were repainted and old linoleum was ripped out to reveal an oak floor.
Backsplashes are a simple way to add a pop of color to your room however they can add up. Consider salvaged materials like these for a cost efficient fix.
Budget Saver: An old library was an unlikely source for the salvaged glazed terra-cotta tiles that created the unique $90 backsplash.
This large antique cabinet was once used in a French shop, now it houses a dishwasher and sink.
Budget Saver: Drop-in sinks that rest directly on the countertop are less-expensive than undermounted sinks. When remodeling a kitchen, consider keeping the sink in the same place to avoid extra plumbing expenses.
The homeowners did much of the work in this stylish and cozy kitchen themselves in order to afford the high-end look they wanted. They craved expensive polished concrete counters, but opted for concrete on just the central island and installed it themselves.
Budget Saver: To give standard cabinets a custom-feel, choose different color shades for the upper and lower cabinets. In this kitchen, the homeowners chose a light honey finish for the upper cabinets and a dark finish for the lower cabinets. Matching hardware keeps the look cohesive.
This black and white kitchen has a classic feel, accented by a pop of red. Fragments of the 110-year old cottage, inlcuding an original brick chimney column and exposed ceiling beams, add old-world character to the kitchen.
Budget Saver: Use leftover floor tiles to cover the counters. You may be surprised how much you have left after completing the floors. The homeowner chose to use only the black tiles and the end result was a sophisticated, cohesive look for much less than the cost of granite.
Budget Saver: Ready-to-assemble cabinets are a practical way to save money. They can be easily installed with basic tools and a little bit of skill. Most home-improvement stores even offer easy instructional workshops on basic projects like this.
To keep utensils, supplies, and clutter off the counters, consider using a stainless-steel shelf-and-rail system. Whisks, tongs, and spatulas can hang from metal hooks; spices and pantry items are easy to find when stored in glass canisters.
The sign above the range celebrates the homeowner's carefree attitude and relaxed kitchen atmosphere.
Budget Saver: Keeping appliances and furnishings neutral allows you to experiment with bold color. Plus, paint is an inexpensive way to make a noticeable difference. This homeowner painted three times.
Creamy white cabinetry and light wood make this remodeled 1930s kitchen a cozy place to cook and entertain. The walls are painted a soothing sage green, a popular shade from the home's original era. Glass blocks below the cabinetry let in sunlight, but keep some privacy as well. Vintage dishes in green, blue, yellow, and pink decorate the space.
Budget Saver: Determine what your top priorities are, then distribute your budget accordingly. The homeowners love to cook, so they knew they wanted professional-grade, stainless steel appliances. To afford this splurge, they decided to save money by purchasing classic white melamine cabinets from IKEA.
This Craftsman-style kitchen features a few modern touches such as stainless-steel appliances and sleek lighting, but period-specific trim and warm wood floors fit with the rest of the home. Cabinetry on the bottom half of the kitchen was painted a deep forest green; light paint on the upper shelves keeps the room from becoming too dark.
This forest-green kitchen island is truly a one-of-a-kind piece. Unique retro-chic fabric is a fun surprise on the cabinet doors.
Budget Saver: Look at old pieces in a new way. This island was once an old refrigerator cabinet. A little help from a contractor converted it into what it is today. The homeowner saved even more money by using a vintage mahogany door as the countertop.
A light green and white Roman shade makes the greenhouse window above the sink the focal point of the room.
Budget Saver: A single row of sculptural accent tile adds a decorative touch; beaded board give inexpensive texture to the backsplash. Linoleum counters provide a clean, neutral look and are much cheaper than granite or marble.
Budget Saver: Mixing existing cabinets with second-hand finds and garage-sale purchases can create a stylish custom look. Just be sure to measure twice, making sure everything will fit the space. Sand and paint the cabinets to match, and they will look like they were meant to go together.
Antique pieces, such as this beautiful wood hutch, can give your space a homey feel. Vibrant pottery and painted vintage buckets add a splash of color.
Smooth, contemporary stools are pulled up to the peninsula for casual meals; cool pendant lights illuminate the area. Although the wood floors and blue walls are unified, a bold piece of artwork and shaggy rug help define the dining area from the kitchen. The dining room set was a flea-market find and 1950s-style dresser is repurposed as a sideboard.
Budget Saver: Consider doing away with traditional cabinetry and only focus on the kitchen supplies you really need. Storing seldom-used items elsewhere leaves more room for everyday objects, which can be displayed on less-expensive, open shelves.
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