I am not a decorator, but I have made budget kitchen updates myself. I hope to inspire you to save some money and realize that if you think you're stuck with an ugly component in your kitchen, you do have choices and alternative ideas that you can do yourself. I couldn't put down a new floor due to the fact that there are already too many layers. New kitchen cabinets were installed on top of all those layers, so I really had nothing to lose when I decided to paint my vinyl floor with latex paint.
It was pretty much the same thing with my counter tops and cabinets. It was a long process, and it's been several years now and most of it is still the same with the exception of changing the blue squares on the floor. I repainted them with some dark gray paint. LOVE!
Using a Kreg Jig Jr. to Make a table top (for the kitchen island)
after my light fixture was moved I had to patch and paint the ceiling
I finished off an old piano front for my new gray wall