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with stainless made a big difference in the space, but the cupboards and countertops still made the space look outdated.

Before photos: 

You can see the cupboards and countertops, while not terrible, just look aged.

You can see the cupboards and countertops, while not terrible, just look aged.

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. 

During photos:

Counters are done, working on the cupboards.

Counters are done, working on the cupboards.

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.

Adhesive backsplash brings it all together.

Adhesive backsplash brings it all together.

Last but certainly not least, we installed a new faucet (and by we, I mean my husband) to complete the look. 

After photos: