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Affordable Kitchen Countertop Ideas on a Budget

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Hello again friends! Today I am sharing a round-up of kitchen countertop ideas on a budget that hopefully spark an idea. Or give you hope that yes, beautiful countertops can happen *even* on a tight budget!  This list has been carefully crafted by me – two of the options we have personally lived with in our home. 

Somewhere along the way, it’s been taught to us that we have to have a completely renovated, trendy kitchen right after purchasing our home. I know that some can afford to do this, but for many of us, this is just not financially wise or possible. As I say often, home takes time!  And honestly, while designing our home on a budget has come with its fair share of challenges – more often than not, I’m thankful for the very good reason I have to slow down and make wise, timeless choices that I know I will continue to love. 

Upgrading your countertops doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you’re on a tight budget, but still dream of a stylish and functional kitchen, there is absolutely hope. I’m sharing a variety of affordable kitchen countertop ideas that offer a great blend of aesthetics and practicality. 

Kitchen Countertop Ideas on a Budget: 

1) Laminate Countertops  

Laminate countertops are a popular choice for those of us seeking a budget-friendly option without giving up a style we truly love. Laminate has come such a long way in terms of design from when it first started out. When we went to Home Depot to check out countertop options last year, I was blown away at the wide variety of colors and patterns. Many looking like the surrounding granite countertops and marble countertops for a fraction of the cost. There were truly so many budget-friendly options. 

Easy to install and maintain, laminate countertops are an excellent choice for a quick and affordable kitchen makeover. These have been an “almost” for us several times when updating our countertops, and would be a great choice for sticking to a budget! 


PROS: easily installation, affordability, various designs, easy to clean, durability 

CONS: usually visible seams, can be easily damaged with heat, can scratch easily, not easily repaired 

2) Painted Countertops 

Now I know this option is not for everyone or for the faint of heart! But since we are talking affordable DIY countertop ideas, I can’t go without sharing the MOST affordable option. We painted our countertops several years back with epoxy (when we had zero budget for new countertops). It took one day and cost less than $50. Despite planning on these being a temporary solution for one year, we lived with them for three years before upgrading! And I still highly recommend this project to those with very little budget for new countertops. 

See the full tutorial for how we epoxied our countertops here! 

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Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your countertops look like real marble with… you bet, PAINT.  

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When it comes to the pros and cons of painted countertops, I can really, honestly speak on this. As we lived with our painted epoxy countertops for about 3 years. 


PROS: the MOST affordable countertop makeover, fairly easy to DIY, looks and feels quality, endless aesthetic possibilities to match your kitchen design, seamless surface, easy to repair

CONS: will chip and stain, not heat resistant, will require upkeep, will always need to use a cutting board 

I wrote an honest review after 2 years of living with our painted countertops that you can see here. 

3) Wood Countertops (Butcher Block Countertops)

One of the best things about butcher block countertops (or wood counters) is the fact that they can be start-to-finish DIY project or store-bought in slabs, making them customizable and affordable. Wooden countertops bring such a cozy warmth into the kitchen, and in my opinion, they will never go out of style! 

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PROS: budget-friendly, organic appeal, adds warmth, easily customized, can be DIY’ed from start to finish. 

CONS: prone to chips and scratches, can be water damaged, not heat resistant

4) Concrete Countertops

With a little elbow grease and the right supplies, you could embark on a DIY concrete countertop project! Concrete offers a matte finish and heat-resistant properties, making it an excellent choice for a busy kitchen.

I know there are varying ways of doing this, ranging from beginner to expert level. Also ranging from cheap to expensive! 

For instance, A Beautiful Mess was able to complete a concrete feather finished countertop without spending a lot of money. $200! This is a great idea for when you want to simply cover your existing countertops. 

While Boxwood Avenue paid about $4,000 for hers. So this just goes to show, this is a project where you can choose your level of difficulty and price range! 

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PROS: durability, imperfections are part of the look, heat resistant, seamless look, can be completely customized

CONS: prone to staining, cracks, can be tedious to install (depending on the method) 

5) Quartz Countertops

I couldn’t make a list of kitchen countertop ideas on a budget without throwing in Quartz. Quartz countertops provide the high-end look of more expensive, natural stones without the high price tag. Quartz is technically engineered stone and it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, mimicking the appearance of natural stone like granite or marble. While it’s not completely stain/scratch resistant, it’s tough and great for everyday use. 

It lands on our affordable countertop idea list because in terms of durable/stone countertops, this is the most affordable option! 

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This is actually what we upgraded our painted countertops to. And while the prices ranges drastically on different types of quartz, we ended up choosing a very affordable option. Even some of the laminate we looked at cost just as much!  I’ve been living with these for almost a year now and only have great things to say. The option we chose is the most affordable, marble-like quartz I could find anywhere. 

This was mid-installation of our quartz countertops. I couldn’t get over the shine! 

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PROS: highly durable, looks and feels like real stone, easy to care for, may require professional installation 

CONS: can be stained, can be chipped

6) Solid Surface Countertops / Corian Countertops

Solid surface countertops are a great option for those wanting the look AND long-lasting nature of natural stone countertops at a more affordable price. Solid surface countertops are made from materials like medium-density fiberboard and provides a modern, seamless appearance. They are more heat resistant, durable, and less prone to staining than laminate. 

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PROS: easy to care for, easy to repair, easily customized 

CONS: can be damaged with heat, may require professional installation, can be dented and scratched

7) Contact Paper Countertops

Contact paper is a GREAT option when you’re on a serious budget and know this will not be permanent solution. This is also a wonderful rental-friendly idea, and can seriously transform a kitchen in no time at all.

And before you ask… paper?! Most contact paper countertops are water-resistant and can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.

Pretty in the Pines added contact paper to her apartment countertops and the outcome is absolutely stunning. This is the contact paper she used!

How gorgeous are these contact paper countertops from An Edited Lifestyle?


PROS: incredibly budget friendly, a fresh new look with minimal effort, a variety of colors and patterns to choose from

CONS: not the most durable, tricky to install corners, not a long-term solution, not easy to repair

I hope this list of kitchen countertop ideas on a budget sparks an idea, or gives you the encouragement that you need to stay within budget for your kitchen makeover. While these are the options we’ve considered for our home, this is by no means all of the budget-friendly countertops options. I encourage you to do your research and do what works for you and your family!

Until next time,


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