11 Ways to Save on a Kitchen Redo
#5: Go for look-alike materials
Laminate flooring will mimic wood plank floors, for instance. Textured wallpaper on the ceiling could stand in for pressed-tin tiles. On countertops, if you want a granite look without the granite price, go for laminates, which offer the same style at 60 to 80 percent less cost.
Pictured: 180fx granite laminate comes in long sheets with color variations, veining and no pattern repetition, so it looks like real granite slabs. $12 to $22 per square foot. Formica (800/367-6422).