Kitchens on a Budget: Our 14 Favorites From HGTV Fans

Ready to update your kitchen but don't want to spend a fortune? Be inspired by these stylish yet budget-friendly ideas from fellow HGTV fans.
By: Chelsey Bowen and H. Camille Smith

Photo By: HGTV fan Layla Palmer

Clever Changes

HGTV fan toupie1 inexpensively transformed their country-style eat-in kitchen to a contemporary gathering spot with just a few smart, style-savvy changes. The stock, wood-stained cabinets were in good shape so a few coats of white paint freshened them up while a new light fixture and sleek dining set finished the look.

Pull Out the Paint

You don't have to live with builder-grade cabinets. HGTV fan LaylaPalmer gave her stock oak kitchen cabinets an upscale custom look by adding molding to the top and painting them a chic black. She lightly sanded the edges to give them cozy cottage appeal.

Custom Look/DIY Budget

Believe it or not, these are stock cabinets purchased through a mass retailer. HGTV fan slogan gave them a high-end look with the addition of trim and clever features such as a plate rack and shelves scaled to perfectly showcase her favorite cookware.

Know When to Call In the Pros

You can definitely stick to your budget if you act as your own contractor and designer, but the key is to know when to hire an expert. HGTV fan stage_right and family completed an entire kitchen remodel for less than $20,000 by doing most of the renovations themselves. They let the pros handle the floors and granite countertops.

Luxe for Less

Get a designer look without the high price. To save money, HGTV fan slogan built a custom range hood out of plywood and matched the paint to her existing cabinets. To give the cabinets the look of furniture, she purchased unfinished table legs online and simply added them to the base of the cabinets.

Find the Right Piece

HGTV fan whiteflower turned an old hardware store counter into a massive storage-filled kitchen island. The vintage piece is a perfect fit for her cottage kitchen, and for just $150, the custom-fabricated galvanized steel top completes the look.

Creative Pantry

HGTV fan gmarie917 transformed several Ikea Billy shelves into an uber-organized pantry with a little creative thinking, careful measuring, paint and decorative trim.

A Little Help From Your Friends

First-time homeowners HGTV fan sjans put talented family members to work to turn their builder-basic kitchen into a space that better suited their style. From replacing the tile floor with antiqued maple boards to adding under-cabinet lighting and molding to beef up the cabinet doors, they were able to stick to their tight budget by doing it themselves.

Salvage Style

Visit your local salvage stores. HGTV fankmooresf found a granite piece to use on her island for only $150. It had a sink cut-out in the wrong place, which she cleverly covered with a custom-designed cutting board.

Work With What You Have

Sometimes a shiny new kitchen floor is hiding under layers of old flooring. HGTV fan fabdesigner2be removed four layers of tile and linoleum to find the original hardwood floors, which were refinished to shiny perfection. By doing all the renovations themselves they were able to keep their kitchen remodel costs under $2,000.

Handmade Design

Build it yourself. HGTV fan theycallmemartha and her husband custom-built their kitchen island to add extra counter space and to provide a seating area for their children to enjoy snacks and catch up on homework.

Spend Wisely

Love expensive materials even though they don't love your budget? Incorporate them on a smaller scale. HGTV fan Hoagie wasn't able to afford granite countertops throughout her entire kitchen, so she opted to top just her island with the durable and desirable surface.

Start Small

If a total remodel is out of your reach, start with a little cosmetic work. HGTV fan mypointofview used paint to transform the linoleum floor, cabinets and even her kitchen's countertops. She spent less than $500 to give her kitchen a new vintage look.

DIY Creativity

Find inventive solutions that don't cost a lot. Instead of traditional tile, HGTV fan rosevinecottage saved money by installing budget-friendly beadboard for a cottage-inspired backsplash that suits her kitchen to a T.

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