Budget Kitchen Remodeling: $15,000 to $20,000 Kitchens

Check out these kitchen remodeling projects that mix high-end and budget-friendly elements.

French Country Kitchen

Elegant details are key to this country-French-style kitchen. Golden granite tops the large furniture-style island, which provides extra storage. Burgundy granite makes a focal point as the range backsplash and contrasts with the ivory-painted cabinets. Iron cabinetry hardware and a ceiling light fixture complement the rich burgundy color.

Total cost (excluding labor): $18,811.

Efficient Kitchen Layout

A new L-shape layout makes this kitchen efficient for multiple cooks. New stainless-steel appliances help designate workstations, and the island is an ideal spot for guests when entertaining. Cognac maple cabinetry contrasts with the mix of patterned granite and concrete countertops. Seen through the back archway, sliding chalkboard doors hide the laundry room.

Total cost (excluding labor): $20, 638

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Bumping out the cooktop wall and stealing space from the adjacent garage added 25 square feet -- enough to make this kitchen functional for more than one person at a time. A fresh coat of aqua blue covers the cabinetry, accented by the wave-like stainless steel pulls. A natural-color mosaic tile backsplash and an engineered quartz countertop mimic the soft tones of a sandy beach. New Energy Star-qualified appliances top off the makeover.

Total cost (excluding labor): $20,330.

Contemporary Kitchen Design

Cherry mission cabinets and slender cabinetry hardware bring sleek lines to this modern kitchen. Multiple pendants provide plenty of lighting and add contemporary flair. Outdated appliances and surfaces were replaced with stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances and stonelike laminate countertops. Opting for an island with seating on one side created a casual dining space.

Total cost (excluding labor): $21, 389

Kitchen with Custom Cabinets

Installing the backsplash and countertop without professional help balanced the cost of custom cabinets in this kitchen. The professional-grade range was a floor model purchased at a discount. The light fixtures, salvaged from an old country bank, add charm.

Total cost (excluding labor): $15,227

Kitchen with Painted Cabinets

Existing cabinetry got a new look with paint, and cabinet doors were removed to create display space. New stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops made up for the money saved on cabinetry. A custom-made island, refinished hardwood floors, and a ceramic-tile backsplash complete the room's makeover.

Total cost (excluding labor): $16,310

Modern Kitchen

Splurging on a dual-fuel range and new cabinets meant finding bargains for the rest of this remodel. Cabinetry hardware was purchased online for $1 apiece. Laminate countertops, wood flooring, and stock ceramic tiles on the backsplash are stylish but less expensive elements.

Total cost (excluding labor): $16,650

Small Yet Spacious Kitchen

Keeping existing cabinet boxes, using paint for impact, and shopping at home centers reduced expenses in this remodel. Wood edging adds warmth and finishes the granite-tile countertops for substantially less money than matching granite edging. A new maple island increases storage and adds work space.

Total cost (excluding labor): $16,777

Contemporary Cottage Kitchen

Tongue-and-groove paneling at the end of the new peninsula gives the small space an authentic cottage feel. A backsplash of glass blocks and new windows above the sink introduces natural light into the room. Cabinets, custom concrete countertops, and appliances worthy of any gourmet cook are the biggest splurges.

Total cost (excluding labor): $18,880

Blue-Accented Kitchen

Painted walls, laminate countertops, and vinyl flooring left plenty of room in the budget for new cabinets, appliances, and a marble-topped buffet. The waterfront cottage kitchen was enhanced when a wall was replaced with a peninsula that opened the small kitchen to a window-laced eating area.

Total cost (excluding labor): $18,925

DIY Dream Kitchen

Ready-to-assemble cabinetry has a darker finish on the lower units to create a custom-made look. The concrete-countertop island and tile backsplash left plenty of space in the budget for hardwood flooring, quartz-surfacing countertops, and stainless-steel appliances.

Total cost (excluding labor): $19,782

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