Hi, I’m fairly new to this forum, but have a money-saving site of my own, where I occasionally post home decor ideas also. One of my favorites (which totally transforms every kitchen) is painting countertops. I’m not sure how many characters this reply box allows, but full instructions are at http://www.imommies.com/financial-resources/saving/new-kitchen-countertops-for-100.htm
The final look is amazing and most kitchens can be done for under $100 (much less if you shop frugally for the paint!).