Jeff Lewis, star of Bravo's delightfully-OCD design show, "Flipping Out," has a message for tightwad decorators: Worthwhile home improvements are still possible, even on a smaller budget. In this exclusive video with AOL tackles one of the most important rooms in the house, whether you're trying to sell or simply improve your living space -- the kitchen. And he does it for a fraction of the average cost.
In 2010, a "minor" kitchen remodel cost an average $21,695, according to Realtor magazine. But by making smart additions, like a very functional kitchen island ($200), and relying on cosmetic changes (counter tops and a new coat of paint), Lewis was able to revamp his outdated kitchen for under $5,000. And seeing as how Remodeling magazine estimates that homeowners usually recoup just over 70 percent of their investment in pricier kitchen projects, Lewis' wallet-friendly tips can save homeowners a bundle.
To see just how far $5,000 can take you, watch the full video above.
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