This is my mom's kitchen. She was tired of the oak cabinets but changing them out wasn't an option. We looked for an option that would update the room and take away from the oak. So, my dad repainted the kitchen a pretty blue, my husband installed the new blackish gray laminate countertop and my son installed the subway back splash. I think it looks great. The white subway tile came from Home Depot and the laminate countertops are from Lowes and is from the open stock on the floor. Laminate countertops have really come a long way. It is a very cost effective way to update a kitchen. The subway tile also very inexpensive but packs quite a punch. So for probably less than $300, she has a totally updated kitchen. Impressive!!! I know, I know, some of you are saying I can't do that, but yes you can!!! The countertops basically set on top and are screwed in underneath. The backsplash is a little time consuming but not hard. This was my son's third tile job and he is only 16.