$25 AND UNDER
Divide resources. Improve the kitchen's look (and function) by corralling baking sheets, cutting boards and pot lids with plate racks ($16, organize.com) and pan dividers ($4 to $5, containerstore.com). You'll leave more space for the next item on your kitchen wish list -- okay, the next two items.
Fake a new appliance. FridgeFronts ($90, fridgefronts.com) are refrigerator-size magnets in various patterns and colors that add style to an otherwise ho-hum appliance. Evette used a powder blue one to redo a family's kitchen on the Rachael Ray show -- it matches her on-set fridge!
Work your backsplash. You might equate a pegboard with the garage, but it holds more than tools. With some paint, it can even be a showpiece! Get it primed and painted at a home-supply store, or go DIY with an oil-based, semigloss color. Add S-hooks, and pots and pans are just an arm's length away.
$150 AND UP
Use counter intelligence. Cooking takes a toll on counters, leaving chips and stains. Not ready to buy new ones? Refinish what you’ve got. Modern Masters Countertop Transformations ($248, modernmasters transformations.com for stores) is a DIY finish that leaves counters looking like new -- in a weekend.
*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in May 2010.