Any kitchen is capable of turning heads and making you feel like a grand chef, and even the smallest kitchens are capable of being transformed by highlights that will fit. If you have come to the sudden realization that your kitchen probably isn't all that it is cracked up to be, one of the first things you might wonder is how much a make-over is going to cost you. Of course the cost completely depends on how much you need/want/can change, so if you are on a budget, as many of us are today, you will need to make some choices about the most important things that you can update that will make the biggest impact on the room with the smallest impact on your wallet.
If you really have no faith in yourself to pick out what needs to be done in your home and you need some help, you can ask a remodeling contractor what his/her ideas are for quick fixes. Weighing what you can do with what your financial situation allows is important, and you can doe many things from painting walls to changing window treatments to overhauling with all new appliances and changing the floors.
There are some focal points that are found in every kitchen that are almost always necessary for remodeling successfully. Kitchen cabinets may be one of the most obvious features of a kitchen, so take a quick look at yours- you may be surprised at what oak cabinets might to to replace those white panel board ones from the 1980s. If you can't afford new cabinets, can you refinish them? A little bit of sanding and different stain can do a lot, especially if the cabinets are structurally sound. If nothing else, you may want to consider just changing the hardware (the knobs, handles and drawer pulls) to spice things up.
Take a look at your counters: if you can afford it, why not update those? Granite counter tops are super popular but pretty pricey. If you have a small kitchen though with not a lot of counter anyway, you may be able to swing it. If not, there are many other gorgeous options, including faux marble and granite. Along with the counters, check out your sink. Have an old, scratched up porcelain one? Why not consider a stainless steel sink to boost your design?
As long as you are focusing on the sink, you might want to revamp your backsplash area. If your wall is painted there, consider adding some stone tile above the sink- this can entirely change your entire look for the kitchen, but since it is only a small area it won't cost you a fortune to accomplish, either. Designing on a dollar can be fun and pretty easy as long as you stick to small areas that can make a big difference.