How to Make Over Your Kitchen for Less Than $500

Try these four ways to update your kitchen for less.


Courtesy of Rust-Oleum®

The kitchen has always been the heart of the home. It's no wonder a kitchen remodel is at the top of many homeowners' wish lists, especially when families are spending less time dining out. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most expensive and time-consuming home improvement projects, ranging from $17,000 to $20,000 for a basic kitchen remodel.

"Since the kitchen occupies a highly visible space in the home, it's understandable that families want it to reflect their style and personality. But unfortunately, a traditional kitchen remodel can mean a bigger investment of time and money than many families can handle," says Rust-Oleum Senior Brand Manager Ann Gearty. "Fortunately, now there's an affordable alternative. For less than $500, homeowners can update their old, outdated cabinets and countertops, and make them look brand new thanks to breakthrough coating technologies."   

Here's how to get your own kitchen transformation on a budget:

Select a Color Scheme

Dark accent walls with neutral colors are the trend right now, but you'll want to choose a color palette that expresses your personal style and that you think will be around for years to come. Home decorating magazines and websites are great sources of inspiration when selecting a color scheme for your new kitchen.

Start With the Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are the focal point of any kitchen and will set the tone for the look and feel of the entire room. Instead of replacing or re-facing, it's easy to transform worn, outdated cabinets to the look of beautiful handcrafted cabinets with Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations.

The refinishing system provides all the tools needed to give your kitchen cabinets a fresh new look for less than $150 — without the stripping, sanding or priming associated with cabinet painting. It works on all types of cabinet, including wood, melamine, laminate and more. Plus it's available in 70 beautiful finishes and is guaranteed to last for years to come.

Rethink Your Current Countertop

You don't have to replace your kitchen countertops to get a sleek new look. With new Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations, you can transform worn or damaged laminate countertops at a fraction of the cost of replacement. Available in a convenient kit for $250, the innovative coating system comes with all the tools needed to transform kitchen countertops to mirror the look of natural stone such as granite.

The coating was put through extensive testing to ensure it could stand up against daily wear and tear. It's available in five different colors and is so easy to use the entire project can be completed in less than a weekend.

Don't Forget the Details

It's easy to make your old kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls look brand new with a few coats of spray paint. Try one like Rust-Oleum Universal Oil-Rubbed Bronze to mimic one of today's hottest metal finishes at a fraction of the cost. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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