Good Questions: Refresh a Kitchen on a Very, Very Small Budget?

Hi! I wanted to ask a question of the Apartment Therapy community. My husband and I are looking to refresh our kitchen with a budget of $250. We can't do any demolition or replace any cabinets or appliances. We love modern contemporary, but just aren't sure what to do with our small space and budget. Right now, it is too dark for our taste, and we'd really love to brighten it up with some white paint on the cabinets and a brighter color on the wall. I've attached pictures and look forward to receiving advice! Becca

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Our readers are sure to be full of good, budget-conscious ideas for your kitchen — anyone?