Do you own a small kitchen that needs updating? Don't despair — you can improve your bleak situation with very little work or cost. Here are some tips. Times staff and wires Get free labor
Recruit your parents, siblings or friends for a bonding-while-remodeling weekend. Call it a reno-vacation, if you will. The warm, sunny weather should be attractive for those living up North.
Keep it simple with your cabinets Your local home improvement store will have a great selection of in-stock cabinets that are very affordable and attractive. Even better, many of these are already assembled and prefinished. You'll need to get hardware, but you can get attractive handles for less than $3 apiece. Or look for them in a bulk package for an even better price.
There is no need to cough up $50 or $100 per square foot for marble or granite countertops when technological advances have so drastically improved the quality of laminates. For about $75, you can get 8 feet of a high-quality laminate countertop whose looks run the gamut from marble to granite.
Sometimes the subtle touches in a home improvement project really make the difference. Many home improvement stores sell plastic 18- by 24-inch backsplash panels that cost less than $20 and provide a rustic look. Appliances
Some owners of small homes consider it impossible to include a dishwasher in the kitchen given the lack of space. Under-the-sink dishwashers allow you to enjoy this luxury. The dishwasher tucks nicely below your sink in space that normally would be cluttered with cleaning supplies and rags. One warning: This requires a shallow sink to make the dishwasher fit.