Remodel your old kitchen shelves, giving them a different look. Repaint the old cabinets instead of replacing. Sand their surfaces well prior to painting or refinishing. Molding or trim can be added to dress them. Updating of your color scheme is necessary. Paint the walls, buy matching artwork and accessories. Keep costly large pieces, as the sofa and draperies, in neutral shades, making it easier and cheap for changing the look of your room with the addition of pops of different shades.
Buy new light fixtures. Task lighting can be added to the kitchen, with new fixtures on the front side of the porch or above the garage. Changing the lighting creates a big impact spending little amount.
Laminate flooring can be used in place of hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring imparts the same look but costs less. Estimates can be obtained from many contractors if you are planning a major project.