$300 and Under: Get ‘granite’ countertops
If your laminate countertops look tired, but you’re not ready to drop a few thousand on granite, fake it with a Countertop Transformations kit from Rust-Oleum. The kit comes in five colors that approximate the look of real stone, and with a little elbow grease, you can rejuvenate your counters in a weekend. The $150 kit covers 30 square feet, while the $250 kit covers 50.
Cost: $150 or $250