If you’ve been scouring the web for kitchen makeovers inspiration, you’re probably left feeling sad about your wallet. In a perfect world, you could purchase that $800 reclaimed wood kitchen table you found, but then you might not be able to eat for a month … or two. Decorating on a budget requires a bit of creativity, some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease and some of your time. But the end product will be a lovely apartment kitchen you can swoon over. These are a few of our favorite tricks:

Flowers and Fresh Herbs

There’s no better way to brighten up your apartment kitchen than with fresh flowers and potted herbs. Whether you prefer the look of old wine bottles, mason jars or slim vases, you can hang these along a wall to add a pop of color with freshly cut flowers. If you are going for the green look of herbs, hang small wooden boxes, which you can find at a craft store, and line them along a sunny wall. Whenever you need a bit of dill or oregano, just pull off a few sprigs!

Inexpensive Organization

You may not consider organization to be a way of transforming your kitchen, but think about how the room would look if there wasn’t as much clutter. If you have open shelving units, pick up a few storage bins that will fit things like soup cans, nuts and other loose items. Choose a pattern, material or color that fits the rest of the kitchen design. In a matter of minutes, your apartment kitchen will not only look cleaner and function better, it will also be more stylish.

Add Accessories

While you can’t demolish your apartment kitchen, you can add small touches that will add flair to the entire space. Something as simple as installing knobs and pulls on the cabinets and drawers can make the kitchen look pulled together. If you have the go-ahead from your landlord, splashing on a coat of paint or touching up the finish can take years of wear and tear off the cabinet faces.

Put Up a Backsplash

Temporary wallpaper and tile designs make it incredibly simple to do kitchen makeovers on a budget that won’t cost you your security deposit. You can purchase these in virtually any type of pattern or color that suits your style, and they can easily be removed when you are ready to move out of your rental unit.

A New Table

Your kitchen table is the centerpiece of the room, so an unattractive one isn’t going to bode well for the rest of the design. You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new one either. If the shape of your current table works well, all you need to do is sand and stain or paint it to capture a new look. Purchase a few new chairs to go around the table and you’ll be surprised as to how different the space will look.