Get the look of a pricey kitchen renovation—without the cost.

All it takes is a few smart upgrades. You will need Paint Stainless steel contact paper. New appliance doors Faux granite. Cabinet refinishing or refacing High-end kitchen hardware. Vinyl flooring and a new faucet and sink.

Step 1

Add a fresh coat of paint; it immediately brightens any room.

Step 2

Get the look of high-end appliances by covering them with stainless steel contact paper. Or, get a mishmash of appliances to match by ordering new doors or panels for some of them. Before you order a new front panel for a dishwasher door, check if yours is reversible, with a different color on the opposite side.

Step 3

If you’re still scrubbing. Formica, install a faux granite counter for a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Step 4

Give old cabinets a facelift by sanding them down and then refinishing or painting them. Or have them refaced – the cabinet boxes stay but new doors are put on. If your cabinets are in decent shape, just slap on some high-end hardware, like brushed nickel knobs or drawer pulls

Step 5

Replace an old floor with a vinyl one, which is less expensive than ceramic tile but can look just as pricey.

Step 6

Consider installing a new sink—it’s a relatively inexpensive renovation that will perk up your entire kitchen. Or just invest in a new faucet.