Use a Countertop Paint Kit You can purchase paint kits that allow you to update the look of your countertops.
Install Butcher Block Countertops Butcher block countertops are very affordable. They can actually be less expensive than laminate.
Recycle If you know someone who is also redoing their kitchen, consider recycling their countertops into your kitchen design. As long as your countertops are shorter, you'll be able to save a lot of money.
Use Scraps of Granite If you have small kitchen countertops, you may be able to update for very little money. Granite companies often have leftover pieces after they cut for custom jobs..
Look for Free Installation Companies like Lowe's and Home Depot often offer deals to get free installs during special deals. Keep your eyes peeled.