Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home.
Ideally, kitchens should be viewed as a warm and loving area of the home.
A place of happy times, where food to be shared is made.
One where memories of freshly made cookies, hearty meals and long chats over coffee, chocolate and wine occur.
Updating your kitchen to create your own unique vibe and look need not be costly exercise.
You want your kitchen to be conventional and practical, but not boring, brad and stuffy.
A modern chic looking kitchen can add great value to your home, especially when it comes to re-selling.
Whilst major renovations might not be within everyone’s budget, there are some simple and in-expensive things you can do to make your kitchen appear as though its’ undergone a major renovation.
The first steps.
Firstly, choose a look you want to have for your kitchen and stick to it.
Having multiple aspects from different styles can be off putting and may look worse than when you started.
Commence one project at a time.
This will enable your kitchen to still be able to be used (in most cases anyway) and will not be as overwhelming.
Having multiple projects in the same room at the same time can create more mess and fuss than is needed and can add more time to your projects.
This can make your project go from fun and creative to stressful and resented in an instant.
Slow down and enjoy the process, one project at a time.
Here are some simple tips to make your kitchen spicy and sweet.
11 Simple ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget.
- Paint cupboards
If you’re wanting a quick way to give your kitchen a new look without redoing the entire room, a simple coat of paint over the cupboards will help.
This new look can also add value to your home.
Ensure you clean the cupboards before you commence painting.
Don’t forget to put down drop sheets on the floors and kitchen tabletops and to use painters’ tape to avoid getting paint on areas you don’t want to paint.
Bear in mind that your plastic laminate cupboards may resist the topcoat, and refinished versions might need a different paint.
Metal or wooden and wood-laminate should be relatively easy to repaint.
- New door knobs
Whilst you’re dealing with the kitchen cabinets, switch he outdated door and drawer knobs for something new.
This can help re-vamp the entire room and really make your cabinets look as though they are brand spanking new.
You can go for simple and elegant to a more chic or bohemian feel in the time it takes you to turn a screwdriver.
Your splashback protects your wall from spills and grease, but you can also make it a lovely feature in your kitchen.
There are a range of lovely splashback ideas from DIY tiles and peel and stick tile panels to really make your kitchen come alive.
Looks such as greenhouse garden, brick work, wooden panels and so much more.
The world really is your oyster in this area.
Let your creativity flow freely!
- New tap and fittings.
Your trusty kitchen sink can have a mini renovation too.
There are so many choices to be made in this area, and again, it can create a brand new and different look with your kitchen.
Most taps last quite a while, up to 10 years and sometimes longer.
But, if you’re feeling they need replacing, why not revamp whilst you’re at it?
Don’t forget to replace the washers and other small parts at the same time.
This may help your water pressure become stronger too.
- Hang your pots and cooking utensils.
As well as freeing up space in your drawers and cupboards, this will also keep your most used items within easy reach.
You can create a unique look with hanging bars and hooks.
Just make sure whichever style you choose is secured to the wall or ceiling with studs and the hooks you use will be able to handle the weight of the utensil you’re using.
Be cautious about putting to many objects on these hangers to avoid a cluttered look.
It’s also an idea to have them out of the pathway of people walking to avoid people knocking their head.
- Kitchen counter tops.
Whilst granite, quartz or marble countertops might not be within your budget, you don’t need to forgo a mini makeover for your countertops.
Some of the lesser expensive variants include reclaimed wood, butcher block or laminate.
There are styles of laminate which can mimic quartz and marble for a fraction of the price.
Or, if you are handy and have more time on your hands, consider a concrete table top for an industrial look.
Some of our floors may have seen better times.
Over time they can become worn, stained and outdated.
Wood laminate can generate a fantastic fresh feel.
It’s also water resistant and easy to clean.
- New appliances.
Your entire kitchen can look totally different with a new and matching set of toaster and kettle, as well as other kitchen appliances.
The looks and range are versatile enough to create a look foe most people’s tastes and budgets.
Create a lovely green house look and feel with the addition of a few small plants.
Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but also good feng shui.
It also brings in a healthy natural vibration to your room.
Open the windows and let the sunlight and fresh air in.
You’ll be surprised how much a room can brighten up with these two key ingredients.
It can also help the occupants of the home with some healthy clean air and vitamin D.
- Go clutter free.
Have a home for everything in your kitchen.
Put away the items you hardly use and have the benches as free from clutter as possible.
You’ll be surprised how much better the room will look and feel.