Paint or refinish your cabinets instead of replacing them.
Before you decide you need to completely gut and replace your cabinets, take a good look at them. Are they sound? Are they made of good wood? (If you live in an older home, chances are the cabinets are made from solid wood and of a higher quality than you’ll get today–most of today’s low to mid-end cabinets are made from particleboard with maple/oak/beech “veneers”.)routers
If they’re basically in good shape, all your cabinets may need is a little low-cost TLC. A paint job is the cheapest way to give them a new look. New door and drawer hardware (knobs and hinges) can help bring your kitchen into the 21st century as well, and it won’t cost a lot. You might also consider just refinishing the fronts and getting new cabinet doors.(lithium ion drill)
Install granite tiles instead of solid granite countertops.
If you want the classy, upscale look of granite, you can achieve it with granite tiles, which are less expensive than solid granite. They can also be installed by the average do-it-yourself homeowner, whereas solid granite countertops need to be cut to fit and installed by a professional.saws
If you want to save even more money, you can get laminate countertops that are made to look like granite, marble, or other stones. (These won’t likely fool prospective home buyers though.)
Choose laminate flooring instead of hardwood
Wood flooring is popular in kitchens right now, and it’ll cost you a pretty penny to get it installed. However, you can buy laminate flooring that looks a lot like the real deal for about half the price. Laminate is also more forgiving of spills (wood can be damaged over time if repeatedly exposed to moisture), and it’s very easy to keep clean.