# Instead of replacing all the countertops, consider just fitting the island with new marble or granite.
# Skip expensive tiles for a backsplash field and save your bucks for a fancy focal point, like a medallion.
# Forget expensive window blinds and opt for basic cafe curtains.
# Exchange dated light fixtures for something more stylish.
# For a more modern look, dispense with window treatments altogether and paint the walls & woodwork a fresh color. And swap wooden seating with plastic or metal. (Or paint the wood furniture.)