1) Plan with a goal in mind.

When you think about renovating your kitchen, what is the most important change you want to see? Does the peeling laminate floor bother you the most? Are the cabinets an eyesore? Does the countertop never seem to look clean? Whatever it is that makes you want to renovate should be your top priority and should be budgeted first. The biggest mistake you can make with a small budget is to cheap out on materials for the most important aspect of your kitchen redesign.

2) Harness the power of lighting.

Lighting can set the mood of your kitchen and make all the difference in the world. A small kitchen can look larger and brighter with the right fixtures and placement. There are two types of lighting that can make your kitchen feel like new. The first is called Task lighting, and allows you to see countertops easily in places that otherwise might be dark while you make food. The other is called Ambient lighting and affects the mood of your kitchen. Make a point to look at ceiling fixtures, track lights, or wall sconces to give your kitchen a completely new feel.

3) Zoom into the details.

While it is very important to look at the big picture, the details are what will make your renovation feel worth the money. A great way to give your kitchen detail is to select the perfect handles for your cabinets and drawers. Some people also customize the backsplash with carved tiling.

4) Cut the price by keeping elements that work.

You can save big bucks and still get a glamorous look by limiting how much of your old kitchen you remove. Keeping original wood flooring under that linoleum can save you thousands. Same goes for old windows, plumbing fixtures and appliances.