In all of the inspiration kitchens I found, a great structural range hood with lots of detail always jumped out at me. A local store was eliminating their appliance section, and I scored a new range hood for $25. Of course, a plain metal one was not my idea of a charming addition, so DH built a new cover for it with a sheet of sand ply, some scraps of 2x4s, molding that ties it into the rest of the kitchen and a pretty carved wooden piece for the front.
The construction cost for the cover was about $25, so for a total of $50, it was well worth the price to add so much charm. I took leftover glaze from the china cabinet and gave some dimension to it. DH made the project a true labor of love, spending nearly an entire day building it. Bless his heart, because the odd angles of our ceilings were not fun for him. However, I think my reaction when I got home from work that day was almost as excited as Christmas morning when I opened my ring from Tiffany's.
To find some more inspiration, see Kari & Kijsa and the Trash to Treasure gang