Whether you're on a tight budget or a renter with constraints on what you're actually allowed to do, the kitchens shown here are excellent examples of what can be achieved by simply painting cabinetry, removing cabinet doors, swapping out lighting or hardware, or upgrading appliances.
Off-the-shelf cabinets and inexpensive tile also helped cut costs.
Free up cabinet space, and create a clever spot for collectibles, with above-window shelving.
What can you do with one day and $300 worth of materials?
Cabinets arguably take up the most real estate in your kitchen.
Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive.