Even when money is limited, home owners can alter a kitchen inexpensively. Repaint dark cabinets white or off-white or replace existing cabinet doors. Replace wrought iron or brass hardware with brushed chrome or stainless steel. Change damaged or older-looking countertops to manmade quartz or granite, which have become more affordable. Lay a new floor with materials such as Marmoleum, a modern linoleum made from recycled paper, says Washington, D.C.– based kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer. Add track lighting but paint the track and heads the ceiling color for a seamless look. Paint a kitchen and adjoining spaces the same wall color to enlarge the space, and then paint ceilings two shades lighter than walls, says Lowell.