Cheap way to change ugly countertops. Paint them! I found this girl's blog online. She has a lot of awesome DIY renovation ideas, including this one. This is the best one I've seen so far. I think I'm going to go through with it and paid my countertops! http://www.remodelaholic.com/2012/02/glossy-painted-kitchen-counter-top-tutorial/
Farmhouse kitchen on the cheap! Cabinets from Craigslist, painted with homemade chalk paint. Countertops are project panels from Lowe's. Floor is three sheets of plywood ripped into 8" widths and stained. Lights are pieced together from items at Lowe's. Shelves are 2x10s, cut and stained. The shelf brackets are flanges and pipes from the plumbing section at Lowe's.
WOW I really wish I would've found this last year before we replaced our counters SO CHEAP and I LOVE the results ... not sure if I have this one or not, but it's so simple, i'll have to recheck later, I just can't pass it up..... such a beautiful finish!