Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune either. Let’s put it out there: some of the most amazing kitchen renovations are achieved on shoestring budgets, and by folks who understand the simple secrets of DIY success. It’s not about spending loads of money. It’s about the little things that go a long way; subtle changes that make breathtaking differences.
If you’re prepared to do the research and get your hands dirty, you could save yourself thousands of dollars on your kitchen reno. These simple steps about how to DIY kitchen renovations will help you get your ideas together and your project underway:
Before you start wielding the sledgehammer or crowbar, you must plan. Spend time thinking about and jotting down what you want to achieve from your kitchen renovation:
- What do you love about your current kitchen?
- What do you want to change?
- Does the basic layout suit your needs?
- Do you need to substitute drawers for cupboards or vice versa?
If possible, avoid shifting internal walls or existing plumbing and electrical systems. This will save both time and money and make your project much more straightforward.
Research materials and appliances and shop around for the best deal. Visit showrooms and physically look at the products: surfaces and colours can look very different online than they do in reality.
You may choose to enlist the help of a professional kitchen designer when deciding how to DIY kitchen renovations. Although this will obviously add to the overall cost of the project, it may save you a lot of heartache and frustration in the long term – remember that your kitchen renovation must last a long time!
Little do we value the power of paint! A new coat of colour can literally transform your kitchen and breathe new life into tired and outdated cabinetry!
Take the time to sand back the old surfaces (it will probably be easier to remove the doors and panels for this job) and fill any dents or scratches. This might involve a bit of extra elbow grease but believe us when we say it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Think carefully about your colour choice: a light palette will make the space feel larger and more open, while darker colours can create a comforting and moody ambience. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceilings is a sure way to brighten up the area and make it feel clean and new.
Are your floor-coverings outdated or are the tiles chipped or cracked? Replacing floor-coverings can take your renovation to the next level and modernize the whole look of the kitchen zone. Vinyl, lino or even polished concrete are all options that look fabulous and are reasonably budget friendly.
A new benchtop can be a worthwhile investment. There are a host of options available, some of which you can install yourself. Laminate, stone, stainless steel, wood… choose something that will suit your style and your budget.
Now we’re getting down to the finer details: handles can make all the difference to the aesthetics of your kitchen! Your local kitchen supplier or hardware store will have samples available for you to choose from, so take your time and pick a handle that suits your kitchen style then fit them to your cabinetry.
At Wonderful Kitchens, we love kitchen renovations and we love helping our clients create something that suits both their needs and their back pockets. For more advice on how to DIY kitchen renovations, call us today on (02) 9772 2988.