Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the home. They are often the hub of the home: a place to prepare food, socialize and relax with a glass of wine at the end of a stressful day. Some people even sit down and watch TV in their kitchen, so it is important that you feel comfortable in there.
Because kitchens suffer a lot of wear and tear, they can soon begin to look a bit tired and worn out. Unfortunately, renovating a kitchen and replacing the units is an expensive job. You can quite easily spend several thousand dollars revamping a kitchen if you feel the urge to rip out your cheap cupboards and counter tops and replace them with solid wood, bespoke cabinets and granite worktops. However, not a lot of people can afford to splash the cash in this manner, so it is time to look at cheaper ways of giving a kitchen a makeover.
1. Replacement Kitchen Cabinet Doors
As we have already mentioned, fitting a new kitchen is expensive, but if the basic cabinets are in good working order, there is a better way. Replacement kitchen cabinet doors are a cheaper way of giving a kitchen a modern makeover. You can choose from a wide range of brand new replacement doors, which can be fitted in a day. It’s a lot less hassle and your kitchen will look as good as new.
2. A Lick of Paint
A change of color in the form of a coat of paint will make a huge difference. For example, say your kitchen is currently a boring shade of cream. Why not brighten it up by painting one of the walls sunshine yellow? Try changing the overall color of the room to something completely different. It won’t take much time or money to paint the kitchen, but the end result will be well worth it. This season’s trends are all about bold colors, so don’t be afraid to experiment. After all, you can always repaint your kitchen at a later date to make it look like it’s had another makeover.
3. A New Blind
A new blind is a great way of brightening up a kitchen. Blinds and window coverings tend to get dirty in kitchens, particularly if the window is close to the cooking area. So remove your old blind and replace it with a bright new one. Purchase one that fits in with your new color scheme for the best results. Blinds can be picked up very cheaply online, so you can always replace it if you change your color scheme in the future.
4. Replace the Countertop and Tiles
If you can’t afford to rip out your kitchen and start from scratch, replace the countertop and splash back instead. A smart new butcher’s block or laminate countertop and replacement ceramic tiles will make your kitchen look and feel as if it is brand new. And it won’t cost you half as much as a brand new kitchen.
5. New Flooring
Changing the flooring will also make a big difference to the style of the room. Get rid of your cracked floor and replace it with ceramic tiles instead. It will look a thousand times better and make the room a lot easier to clean. If you want to opt for an even cheaper flooring option, consider lino. Most people will be able to install this themselves rather than hiring a contractor, and whilst it is a cheap material, it is ideal for use in kitchens.
6. Research Before You Buy
If you shop in the most expensive home stores, you’re never going to be able to buy new items on a budget. Instead, shop online, use auction websites like eBay, and visit thrift stores. You would be surprised at how cheap you can find items that are second hand. And if you have a bit of an arty side, you can easily refurbish the items so that they look brand new. This is especially true where wooden items like tables and chairs are concerned.
7. Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge Sensibly
If you have seen something that you absolutely must have in your new kitchen, for example a pair of gorgeous breakfast chairs or a well designed sink, don’t be afraid to buy it if you’re certain it is going to be used and will be a positive feature in your kitchen. You could also lower the cost by conceding slightly. For example, if you have your heart set on marble countertops, but can’t afford to have these throughout your whole kitchen, consider just investing in a marble kitchen island, or in marble splash back tiles.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on a kitchen makeover. Even the little things, such as a new set of mugs and tea towels will make a difference if money is in short supply.