How to Get Upscale Kitchen Looks for Less

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Everyone looks at upscale kitchens and wishes they could get that same look. However, many simply can’t spend that much on a kitchen remodel. Luckily, you can get many of the upscale looks in your kitchen to remodel for much less by using inexpensive materials. Many of these materials look just as nice as the more costly looks but could save you thousands of dollars. So don’t despair when you fall in love with that high-dollar kitchen. Use these materials instead to get an upscale kitchen look for less.

Stainless Steel Appliances

*Peel and Stick Film

Thanks to DIY home improvement shows, many people now know they can use peel and stick stainless steel film on their kitchen appliances. This film runs about $50 a roll, which means all of your kitchen appliances can be done for $100-$200 dollars.


The less expensive option for the stainless steel look is paint. Though not as nice looking as the peel and stick stainless steel film, there is metallic paint available that is specifically designed for appliances. With a bit of preparation and some careful brush strokes, your kitchen appliances will look like stainless steel for around $50.

Stone Tile

*Printed Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile provides long-lasting durability at a price significantly less than real stone. There is now the option of ceramic tile that has been printed to look like stone but costs as little as $2 a square foot. You can choose from a variety of styles and colors to get the look you want. Just make sure that during installation you keep the pieces with the same print sitting side by side so it is not obvious the tiles are printed.


Peel and stick vinyl tile used to be the last resort for flooring because it was just plain ugly, but that is no longer the case. The look and quality of vinyl are now better than ever and the price is still much less than real stone. There are now even groutable vinyl tiles which will give an even more realistic look. Though peel and stick vinyl tiles are not quite as nice as the printed ceramic tile option, the price of $1.50 a square foot or less makes it a great option on a budget.

Granite Countertops

*Granite Tile

Granite slabs as countertops may be the perfect upscale look for kitchens today but the price is out of many budgets. You can, however, get the same look and durability with granite tiles. Granite tiles can be found for as little as $2 a square foot and with a few tools and a little skill can be installed yourself. This means the same great quality and upscale look for your kitchen but for much less.

*HD Laminate

Laminate countertops have gone high-end with a textured and shiny finish known as HD laminate. This countertop material can have patterns that look like granite, but only costs slightly more than traditional laminate. This makes it the perfect option for those with a limited budget but still want an upscale look. In addition, you will still have the great durability and ease of maintenance that laminate provides.


No budget for all new countertops but still want the look of granite? With some hard work and $100-$200 in supplies, you can paint your kitchen countertops to look just like granite. Many people have successfully done this daring project with great results. Look around online for the look you want and find out how other homeowners did it.

Wood Floors

*Engineered Wood Floor

When you want your new flooring to look and feel just like real wood but do not want to shell out $15 a square foot to get it, then engineered wood flooring is just what you are looking for. It is constructed of a plywood-like material and is topped with a veneer for good looks. The result is a flooring that looks and feels like real wood floors but can be had for around half the cost.


Need an even cheaper option? Laminate wood flooring is a great way to get the upscale look of real wood floors for less. You can find laminate wood flooring for less than $1 a square foot and it can easily be installed yourself. So take a look at your different laminate flooring options and see if you can find that upscale look you want for your kitchen remodel.


Yes, the same material that can give you the look of stone can also give you the look of wood flooring. Though not as nice as the two previous options, this long-wearing, easy to install material is a great budget-friendly choice. Just make sure you choose the highest quality you can afford so it will last for years to come.

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So when you want to get that high-end look for your kitchen to remodel but cannot afford the upscale price, start looking around for these less expensive options. With some smart shopping, you can find a material that will provide you with the same look you want for much less. Don’t tell your friends it isn’t upscale and they may never know how little you spent on your kitchen remodel.

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