Our Favorite Kitchens on a Budget

These DIY kitchens were transformed by smart shopping, salvaged materials, and a little elbow grease.

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    Small Touches

    Ready-to-assemble cabinets, including a closet repurposed as a pantry, saved thousands of dollars in this kitchen renovation. In-cabinet puck lights dress up frosted-glass doors, a trick that really brightens the room and maximizes lighting flexibility. Walls, windows, and plumbing lines stayed in their pre-renovation places which kept the budget on track.

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    Small Touches: Custom Island

    To create the custom-look island, two standard cabinets were joined by a two-shelf stainless-steel unit, creating cookbook storage. By making smart choices like the island, the couple saved money and were able to splurge on more expensive granite countertops.

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    Small Touches: Repurpose and Reuse

    A closet was repurposed into a spacious pantry with frosted sliding doors. Chalkboards on both sides add function and fun to the kitchen.

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    Small Touches: Incorporate Stainless Steel

    Stainless-steel appliances and an apron-front sink replaced old, dingy models and instantly made the space feel fresh and new. Minimal upper cabinets and maximum reflective surfaces, such as crisp white trim and stainless steel, keep the room bright.

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    See this Kitchen Transformation

    Discover even more smart makeover tips from this kitchen redo on a budget!

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    Dramatic Transformation

    Changing the cabinetry, appliances, and surfaces -- but not the layout -- of a 1920s bungalow kitchen helped newlyweds update their space for less than $10,000.

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    Dramatic Transformation: Be Budget Savvy

    They got the look they wanted for a fraction of the budget by using honed-granite tiles instead of the pricier slab granite for the countertops.

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    Dramatic Transformation: Creative Spaces

    Opting for custom cabinetry means maximizing storage space, as seen in this microwave niche. Built-in spaces for appliances and other kitchen essentials ensure valuable counterspace is used more strategically.

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    Drastic Transformation: Gathering Spot

    A stainless-steel smooth-top range surrounded by butcher-block countertop creates a spot for serving buffet-style dinners.

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    High Contrast

    A classic work triangle makes meal prep a breeze in this kitchen, while an adjoining dining area allows guests to congregate out of the cook's way.

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    High Contrast: Power of Paint

    Black paint came to the rescue in this kitchen by giving the old cabinets a totally different look without breaking the budget. Glass pendants over the sink provide a playful dash of color in the high contrast kitchen.

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    High Contrast: The Bright Side

    The adjoining dining area's pale gray walls and white trim are perfect companions to the kitchen's black-and-white scheme. Pale walls also help emphasize the amount of natural light in the space.

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    High Contrast: Surf the Net

    This industrial-style faucet was found online as part of a set with the stainless-steel sink. The homeowners were flexible and saved money by finding similar options online, rather than committing to a specific product.

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