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Easy ways to update your kitchen on a budget

easy ways to update your kitchen on a budget

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Have a good clearout

Kitchens receive a lot of use, not just from cooking, but from being the daily place to gather and often to dump things. Empty cupboards of old food, clear surfaces of things you don’t use or things that have accumulated and scrub surfaces clean. Deep cleaning can make a real difference, and once you have cleared the space it feels much easier to contemplate a quick paint refresh or to see what else could make the biggest difference on a budget.

Over the summer our kitchen felt absolutely trashed – it’s where everything happens, from food, to family catch ups. It’s the dogs favourite place to snooze and its where we fold and sort washing. The room off the kitchen is where all our Airbnb linen and equipment is stored.

I do get sick of the sight of our kitchen, but when we came back from holiday to find our house sitter had cleaned the entire kitchen, tidied every surface and lit candles, we immediately fell back in love with the room.

Upcycle with Furniture Paint

I went on a fantastic furniture painting course this week which immediately filled me with ideas for furniture to give a new lease of life to. One of the other participants was planning to update her kitchen by painting it, something I did in our last house. We gave the cream doors an update with Farrow and Ball’s Green Grey and it really made a difference when it came to enjoying the units for a few years more, and selling the house.

Replace cupboards with junk shop finds

Like the picture above you can create a really gorgeous look by replacing modern kitchen cabinets with dresser units or plate racks. These items are in demand so be prepared to put some time into scouring for them – try facebook market place, car boots and furniture recycling shops. They quickly add character to a kitchen and make it look much more expensive than it is. We did this in our Airbnb caravan and it’s a lovely look. Open shelves are another solution if you tend to move and use the items on them daily, otherwise they just become dust magnets!

Change the knobs

Sometimes the little things can make a big difference, I have a gorgeous cupboard which I changed completely by repainting and then adding globe door knobs. There are so many kitchen knobs to choose from and they can really change the style of more simple units.

Paint the tiles or walls

Tiles dates quickly and brightly coloured styles can become hard to live with. You can paint tiles though with specialist paint. Walls quickly became stained in a kitchen so be prepared to repaint more often, go for paint designed for kitchens that is wipeable.

Replace the flooring

Quality flooring can make even the cheapest furniture look impressive. If the flooring is tired, hard to keep clean or looks dated maybe you could just refresh that.

Invest in a new kitchen, on the cheap

If you have a small kitchen or a very old kitchen, or like our first kitchen, a layout that just doesn’t pull off that all important food prep triangle – then maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Cheap kitchens are out there, but it helps to have some expert input before you start shopping.

When we designed our kitchens for our Airbnb barn and caravan I planned them in the space with the joiner who was actually going to install them. We worked out a plan for what was needed and then broke it down into a list of parts. Keeping the design really simple kept the cost down and once we had made a plan I wasn’t tempted to add features I didn’t really need. Once I understood how it was going to work, I felt confident to shop around to find the best deals, and even buy off the shelf or online, rather than being at the mercy of kitchen planners.

Look beyond the obvious high street choices,  Kitchen Warehouse UK have an extensive range of kitchens for sale and claim to have the best and the cheapest kitchen units and cabinets on the UK market.

Another top tip would to be to opt for the simplest doors possible, it makes repaint and refurnishing updates so much easier, and it keeps the cost down.

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  • Reply Alexis

    Thanks for this amazing post. Making over a kitchen could be a nightmare with all the plates and cookware to move about. However you have broken down the process into simple tasks that could completely change the look and feel of the kitchen on a limited budget. There really isn’t any need to buy very expensive kitchen equipment to make over the kitchen. Thanks a lot

    November 27, 2018 at 12:42 pm
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    December 13, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Ariel Manoban

    You can also invest in stainless steel kitchenware as they can be used for a long time. 🙂

    February 26, 2019 at 9:12 am
  • Reply Emery Ocampo

    You can also purchase kitchen designs on an auction to save money! 🙂

    February 27, 2019 at 7:12 am
  • Reply April Ebarvia

    Another thing that you can do is to purchase affordable but high-quality electrical equipment like extension cords for your kitchen! Nonetheless, very helpful content. Thank you for sharing!

    February 27, 2019 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Kassel Marie Williams

    Replacing your kitchen’s flooring is definitely one of the best ways you can make your kitchen look new and updated. 🙂 This is very helpful, thank you for sharing this!

    April 1, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    A catering company is pretty successful business nowadays and in order to run a successful catering business there is a need of proper and good quality catering equipment.

    April 18, 2019 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Dean Collins

    Never tried just painting walls. I usually use wallpaper. But now I think, may not bother. Everyone say white is in vogue now, ja?

    July 12, 2019 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply Furnipart NZ

    Choosing the right quality materials and proper lighting. But it is a great idea that you have suggested doing it within the budget. Thank you for sharing this information. Using mirrors as trick for the room to appear bigger can also help.Changing the paint on the walls and replacing the floor can really make a big difference.

    October 9, 2019 at 4:00 am
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