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SheKnows space-lifts: 10 Summer kitchens under $500

Ashley Phipps is an Interior Designer, NCIDQ #25242, living in the Indianapolis area. She is also the author, designer and creator of the blog Simply Designing. You can follow Ashley at her blog, and on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pin...

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Kitchens are typically the most expensive room in the home to renovate. Thankfully, with a meager budget of $500 or less you can give your kitchen a makeover to keep it feeling updated and fresh!

Summer by the sea

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Recreate that summer beachy feel in your home by installing a backsplash reminiscent of sea-glass (The Tile Shop, $26), add nautical-inspired plates (World Market, $16), seashell napkin rings (Williams-Sonoma, $60), sea-glass glasses (Williams-Sonoma, $60), a fun serving tray (World Market, $20) and whitewashed place card holders (Williams-Sonoma, $29).



Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Nothing says summer like outdoor living, and these items will help you recreate a rustic look in your kitchen. Start with rustic dinner plates (Williams-Sonoma, $52) to complement mason jar mugs (Pottery Barn, $30), add a wire basket (Williams-Sonoma, $29), wooden utensils (Chefs, $30) and completely upgrade your look by adding a beautiful bronze faucet to your space (Faucet Depot, $343).


Floral fun

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Bright colors and busy florals are a fun way to add color and style to your kitchen. Start with this floral melamine dish set (Williams-Sonoma, $52) and a complementing tablecloth (World Market, $45). Keep your napkins simple (World Market, $16), add a pretty bowl (Crate & Barrel, $70) and finish off your look by splurging on a fun floral-inspired light fixture (Lamps Plus, $280).


Industrial chic

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

The industrial look is a great backdrop for summer fun in the kitchen! By adding a few fun pieces to your kitchen, like a slate cheese board (World Market, $15), industrial lanterns (Crate & Barrel, $35), a mason jar drink dispenser (Pottery Barn, $69) with dispenser stand (Pottery Barn, $40) and an industrial pot rack (Target, $86), you can create a beautiful, industrial, chic look for not much dough!


Fresh and white

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Fresh, bright white is the epitome of summer, and by adding a few white elements to your kitchen you can instantly make it brighter! Start with this octagonal backsplash tile (The Home Depot, $7 per square foot), add a modern sauce boat (Crate & Barrel, $50), white servers (Crate & Barrel, $30) to go with new white casserole dishes (Crate & Barrel, $25) and top the look off with these white cream-and-sugar containers (Crate & Barrel, $17).


Lacy elegance

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Bring back a vintage feel by adding a few delicate, lacy details to your space. Start by upgrading your faucet with a brushed nickel one (The Home Depot, $159), and add these pastel lace plates (World Market, $32) to use with these crochet-trimmed napkins (World Market, $24). Finalize your look with a pretty white serving bowl (World Market, $25) and crystal knobs (, $17 each) on your cabinets for a truly delicate look!


Bright and cheery

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Bring bright colors into your kitchen to create a fun summery look! Consider splurging on a brightly colored appliance (Overstock, $243), and then top off your space with decorative and useful elements like a new stew pot (World Market, $50), towels (Crate $ Barrel, $4), a striped mixing bowl (World Market, $10), flower colanders (World Market, $16) and these bright stacking bowls (World Market, $25).


Garden escape

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

Bring the outdoors in with a garden-inspired look using these beautiful trellis plates (Pier 1, $7), a simple floral piece (Pier 1, $25), colorful lanterns (Pier 1, $6) and a bird butter dish (World Market, $6). Splurge on an earthy backsplash (Glass Tile, $17 per square foot).


Easy-peasy lemon squeezie

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

If you love bright colors, you will love the look of a kitchen accented with yellow hues. Use a decorative dough bowl (Mission Del Rey, $70) to hold a few lemons (Pottery Barn, $16), add a set of yellow and white plates (Pier 1, $8), splurge on a couple of bright yellow bar stools (Pier 1, $90) and then add a white subway tile backsplash (The Home Depot, $2 each) for a bright, light summery look.


Natural simplicity

Kitchen makeovers on the cheap

For those who like to keep things simple, use natural elements and colors to create a calm kitchen. Start with a butcher-block countertop (Lumber Liquidators, $259) and add simple white dishes (World Market, $24), slate blue curtains (World Market, $35), wood utensils (World Market, $13) and a live herb garden (Pottery Barn, $39).

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