You’ll be pleased to know that it’s not too hard to give your tired old kitchen a face-lift without spending a fortune. In fact, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to refresh your existing cabinetry. In our latest blog we’re sharing our top tips for to breathe new life into this oh-so-important space in your home! So, roll up your sleeves, put on your ‘can-do’ face and let your creative mind get to work…
First things first: make a plan.
- What is it about your kitchen that you’d like to change?
- What features do you want to keep?
- How much money have you got to allocate to this project?
It’s important to get your ideas onto paper. This helps establish a budget before you begin any physical changes. It will save you money in the long run and help you to allocate your available funds to each area of the revamp.
The power of paint is little appreciated by many, but it’s well known to the avid DIYer! A fresh coat of paint to the walls and ceilings is a no-brainer. But what about the cupboards – can kitchen cabinets be painted? If yours are wooden cabinets, the simple answer is yes!
Take your screwdriver and carefully remove the wooden doors and drawer-fronts from your cabinetry. Take time to strip them back properly, filling any holes or dents with wood filler. Think carefully about your choice of colours. Do you wish to paint in a neutral palette and create a light and airy feel? Or do you want to opt for that subtle, moody ambience by choosing dark, muted tones? Remember, your colour choice will influence the atmosphere and perception of space and light in the room.
If your budget allows it, new flooring is a definite must. Today there are many options out there that are cheap enough to fit the budget, yet strong and durable enough to stand up to busy family life. Vinyl presents one such option. It is available in nearly any colour and design you choose. The best part – it can often be laid right over the existing flooring. Alternatively, floor paint may suit your ideas better or even stripping the existing flooring and sanding and polishing the concrete underneath.
Let’s get a handle on your kitchen hardware! Replacing your out-of-date handles can literally transform the look of your cabinetry. Your local hardware store or kitchen supplier should stock a range of handles from which you can choose something to your liking (and if you can’t be bothered puttying the old holes, simply find something with the same hole spacing as your old ones!).
There’s no secret about it: the bench-top is generally accepted as the workhorse of the kitchen, so it’s little wonder if yours is yours is a bit worn out or tired-looking! Replacing a benchtop isn’t difficult and even if your budget doesn’t extend to granite or marble, there are plenty of laminate options that can make your kitchen look a million dollars!
There’s scarcely anything more uninviting than a dimly lit kitchen. Updating your lighting can add extra charm and design focus to the kitchen area as well as helping to create that feeling of extra space and added comfort.
Update your kitchen with these budget-friendly ideas or contact the team at Wonderful Kitchens on (02) 9772 2988 for more expert tips for your kitchen refresh.