13 Best DIY Budget Kitchen Projects

Find affordable ideas and how-to instructions for adding style, function and pizzazz.

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Mix and Match Countertops

Not all surfaces have to be the same. Wood countertops are reasonably priced, easy to install and can add a ton of character. Replace a small standalone prep area or do the whole kitchen.

Tin-Tile Backsplash

This is an easy project that should cost you no more than $100. Tin tile has many advantages: Its reflective properties will brighten a room, it is easy to clean and it comes in a variety of finishes to match your kitchen's hardware and fixtures.

Use All Wall Space

Incorporate storage onto your backsplash and walls. Besides pre-made shelves, many retailers sell hooks, racks and rails that will hold all sorts of kitchen gadgets.

Swap Out the Faucet

A new fixture can add that extra shine you're looking for. New faucets have a lot more functionality, so the upgrade can be more than just aesthetic. This is a good first-time DIY plumbing project to try. Just make sure you shut off the water valves and follow the directions carefully.

Try a Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Kit

An all-in-one mosaic tile kit is a snap to install and comes with everything you need, including the tools. The tile is peel-and-stick and the grout is pre-mixed so you save time, mess and money.

Expose the Walls

Open shelves visually add space because you are seeing more of the room's walls. Think creatively when designing shelving. Here, the galvanized metal pipes used for supports add a funky industrial style.

Incorporate Furniture

This old oak side table was integrated into the kitchen island to add vintage charm. Search secondhand stores for treasures like this. Don't worry what the top of the piece looks like; you can cover it with butcher block or a remnant of natural stone.

Hang 'em High

Pots and pans take up a lot of cabinet space. Hanging cookware on a rack suspended from the ceiling will free up a cabinet or two, and it will add more style to your kitchen.

Concrete Island

Making concrete countertops is not necessarily a hard DIY project, but it can be time-consuming. Start small by conquering an island or small cooking area. Concrete's durability makes it a perfect accompaniment to cooktop areas.

Change Out Hardware

Replacing cabinet hardware is an inexpensive and easy update. Find knobs and pulls that are the same size as the existing ones so you don't have to re-drill the cabinets.

New Lighting

After you install a new backsplash, countertop or what-have-you, you'll want to show if off — new lighting can do just that. Add light sources that don't require electrical work, or install bigger and better fixtures in the same spot.

Add Seating

A half-wall that separated the kitchen from the living area was turned into a breakfast bar with extra shelving. The vertical support holding up the table is hinged, allowing the tabletop to be folded down.

Paint Kitchen Cabinets

This project can take the better part of a weekend, but if done right, your kitchen will look brand new, and you'll add value to your home.

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