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Spend your money on cabinets and flooring.  If there are two elements of your kitchen that will take the most abuse it’s your floor and cabinets.  Try and spend most of your budget in solid wood cabinet faces and full plywood box construction.  Also, look for drawers that have dovetail joints and bulky mechanical slides (I like the Blum line of mechanisms and hinges, try and stay away from cheap hardware, it will cost you more in the long run). 
On the flooring side, flooring ads a finishing touch to your place. It will be the one thing in your place that gets used the most. So spending a little more on your flooring will go a long way. Ask us for other tips and ideas on what type of flooring to use in your renovation.