Mandi removed her cabinets from the wall, re-hung them so that the tops were flush with the ceiling, and added an open shelf below. The cleverest thing about this reno, though, is the ingenious solution to the problem of that awkward space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling. This kitchen from One Kings Lane got a totally new look on a totally serious budget. She kept the old cabinets, but replaced the doors and drawer fronts, and gave everything a fresh coat of paint for a much lighter look. And finally, Lesli from My Old Country House gave her dated kitchen a serious update, over the course of a couple of years. The shelf above the cabinets is made from a piece of lumber that rests on three small wine racks. Updates included new appliances, new light fixtures, and a new sink. Just paint, a DIY tile backsplash, and new lamps took this space from blah and brown to bright and modern. These five budget kitchen renovations prove that you don’t need a ton of cash to get a new look in your kitchen — just a lot of elbow grease (and a little bit of creativity). When you look at the two pictures of this kitchen from One Kings Lane, it’s hard to believe that they’re photographs of the same space — but this super budget-friendly transformation didn’t even involve new countertops. Think you can’t afford a new kitchen? Taryn of Design, Dining and Diapers transformed her kitchen without spending a ton of dough. Think again! Mandi painted her cabinets instead of replacing them, and opted for a budget-friendly butcherblock countertop and plank backsplash. Pictured above is the kitchen of Mandi Johnson, spotted on A Beautiful Mess.