Who: Emily P.
Where: Lexington, Ky.
We started by replacing the countertops, sticking with laminate for cost but going with a cleaner color. We extended one edge of our kitchen island, adding counter space and creating a place to pull up a couple of stools. The oak cabinets were in decent shape, so we kept them and repainted them using a $5 gallon of "oops" paint that we "edited" using other paint we had until we were happy with the color. For a finished look, we wrapped beadboard around the island and installed corbels we found for $15.
Who did the work: I did all the work myself.
Cost: $500 to $1000