The average minor kitchen renovation will set you back over US$18,000, according to the website Remodeling.
But over at Apartment Therapy, readers are renovating their kitchens for as little as US$500 – and some for even less than that.
It’s obvious that they might not include brand new appliances and imported marble counter tops, but a quick look at the pictures below shows how far a little cash and imagination can go. Check out four of their new revamped kitchens for tips on how to give your own a budget-friendly upgrade.
1. Switch your countertops with cheap rolls of vinyl.
Gem from the blog Blackbird turned around her rental apartment’s kitchen in Auckland, New Zealand, with some leftover paint, second-hand drawer handles, and rolls of vinyl she bought for only US$3 each to cover the dark counters. Less than US$50 later, here’s the difference it makes:
2. A simple coat of paint can rejuvenate old cabinets.
Kerri of Australian blog, Driftwood Interiors explained to Apartment Therapy that the bulk of her renovation bill went to new cabinet hardware, but that her most expensive upgrade wasn’t the one that made the most impact. Most of her friends thought that she replaced the whole kitchen, or at least all of the doors. They didn’t believe they were the same ones, just painted white.
3. Use white to open up small spaces.
Architectural designer Teddy of Theodore Robert upgraded the New York City kitchen below in only a day, for US$300. He went with a nearly monochromatic white colour scheme to reflect light and reduce visual clutter.
He told Apartment Therapy that, In small spaces, you should tend to gravitate towards clean lines and less visual noise, you don’t want to overwhelm your kitchen with too many colours.
4. Clean up the details to brighten up the whole room.
It’s hard to put your finger on the improvements Cathy from Santa Rosa, California, has made in her kitchen. As a hint, just look at the floor. By dyeing the grout between her tiles white, repainting her cabinets, and swapping her drawer pulls and hinges for new ones, Cathy gave her kitchen a quick refresh for only US$276.
This article was originally posted at Business Insider.