The kitchen in our new home was dated and tired looking. We had just moved and our budget was tight, so the first and only big purchase I made for the kitchen was upgrading the appliances. I couldn't stand the old white appliances, so I replaced the oven, fridge and dishwasher with stainless steel. Money saving tip: always ask if there are floor models available for sale. I got a huge discount on the refrigerator by purchasing a "damaged" item. It had a small dent on the side that you can barely see, and that small dent saved me almost a grand! Replacing the old appliances with stainless made a big difference in the space, but the cupboards and countertops still made the space look outdated.
Since I couldn't afford to replace the countertops, I opted for a DIY treatment to make a big visual impact. I used Rustoleum Hammered Black Paint on the countertops, then I painted the cabinets white to freshen up the look and achieve a more modern, clean feel.
For added visual interest, we installed a beautiful silver backsplash using adhesive tiles we purchased at the Home Depot. Though I chose a more clean, classic look, there were lots of fun, colorful patterns to choose from that would fit any decor or style.
Last but certainly not least, we installed a new faucet (and by we, I mean my husband) to complete the look.