An old or outdated kitchen can quickly date and bring down your entire home. A new, complete kitchen remodel may cost as much as $20,000 or more if you let the pros do it, but you can get an updated and more modern kitchen for $1,000 or less by following a few tricks and tackling the work yourself. Utilize paint, tile and a few basic carpentry skills to transform the look of your kitchen on a budget.

Kitchen interior
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Some pieces of a kitchen, such as an island, can be added later when the budget allows.

Step 1

Paint the kitchen a new color. A new paint job can transform the look of the kitchen and can be done for as little as $150, including the paint, brushes, rollers and tape. Many of these items, such as brushes and tarps, can be used again in other areas of the kitchen design.

Step 2

Remove, sand and repaint the kitchen cabinet doors. Giving the doors a new coat of paint, along with new hardware, can update the entire kitchen.

Step 3

Rearrange your base cabinets by removing the countertop. Once the counter is off, reposition the cabinets for better flow; for instance, move the sink base cabinet closer to the stove to give you more counter space in that area.

Step 4

Add some shelves to a wall adjoining your cabinets. Use them to store the appliances that normally take up room on the counter. Shelving systems are available at home centers for under $50.

Step 5

Open up the space between the kitchen and dining room by removing the top half of a non-load-bearing wall. Add a new counter to the top of the wall to add a breakfast bar to the kitchen for only a few hundred dollars.

Step 6

Paint the appliances with appliance spray paint. Appliance spray paint costs as little as $30. Use this option if your appliances are in good condition, but have an outdated appearance.

Step 7

Update the counters by unscrewing and removing old laminate countertops and replace them for around $300. Or paint the existing counters using countertop paints that mimic the look of natural stone for around $50.

Step 8

Replace your existing kitchen sink and faucet. New sinks and faucets are available for around $100 apiece.

Step 9

Install a new tile backsplash in the kitchen to add a decorative touch. Tile is available for as little as $1 a square foot for basic subway tile or for $20 for more decorative glass tile. Rent a tile wet saw and install the tile yourself for a cost of from $100 to $400, depending on the tile.

Step 10

Replace your light fixtures with newer models; they're available at home centers for less than $50.

Step 11

Paint your existing tile floor with floor paint and a urethane sealer to update it and bring it into the kitchen's new color scheme.