While for many families the kitchen is the heart of the home, there often comes a time when it begins to look and feel tired and no longer suitable for your growing family’s needs. You may not have the budget to go for an entirely new kitchen, but with a little imagination, time and effort you can make a significant difference to your kitchen without spending very much.
As well as looking fresh and modern, you can create a kitchen that is comfortable to use, efficient, easy to keep clean and able to handle the daily chaos that comes with family life. Get it right, and your new-look kitchen can grow with your family.
Here are some simple ideas to transform your kitchen on a budget.
Painting the walls is the perfect way to give your kitchen a fresh new look without having to spend too much. Whether you are already handy with a paintbrush or a complete beginner, in most cases you should be able to get it done in a day. With any decorating job, preparation is key. Make sure you choose kitchen paint and use a combination of rollers and paint brushes suitable for the area you will be painting.
Updating your kitchen lights is a simple way to transform the room. Replacing your existing lights with something similar should be quite straightforward. There are, however, so many options available that you could introduce a whole new lighting scheme. Choose from spot and downlights, oversized pendants, to strip lights and under cabinet lights. Replacing lights should be a simple job, but if you do want to change the lighting completely, you may wish to hire a local electrician.
If the structure of your kitchen cupboards is in good condition, then you could replace the doors. Painting the cupboard doors is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. Use a primer first as your base to ensure an even finish. Then pick a colour that works well with your updated scheme, whether a simple white or you want to introduce a pop of colour. To finish the look, you will need to replace the old tired cabinet knobs or handles.
Worktops in a family kitchen need to cope with a lot. Updating your worktops can make a dramatic change to your kitchen. Worktop kits mean you can easily prepare and paint over old, tired worktops to bring them quickly back to life. Replacing your worktop with laminate is a popular and cost-effective worktop. If you are doing a simple replacement of your existing worktop, then it should be a reasonably straightforward task for any DIYer. If you aren’t feeling confident or you wish to change the layout of your kitchen completely, you might need to hire a joiner or kitchen fitter.
Good storage can make a huge difference to any family kitchen. While you are updating your kitchen think about how you use the space. Pull-out drawers in a cupboard instantly make every spare inch of space usable. If you lack top cupboards, then wooden shelves on metal brackets can be installed that provide a functional display area for your dishes.
Changing your window dressing is a quick and easy way to update your kitchen. Curtains, nets and blinds can absorb moisture and get dirty very quickly. Shutters meanwhile are great for a kitchen as they are hardwearing, durable, easy to keep clean and above all, look great. You don’t have to be a DIY pro to install them either with easy to follow guides on YouTube and The Shutter Store, you’ll be able to fit them in no time.
Your kitchen floor must endure a lot, so it is not surprising when it eventually starts to show wear and tear. If you have wooden floors which are looking tired, but you don’t want to get them professionally refinished, then consider painting them instead. If you would like to put down something completely new, a quick, budget-friendly option is to use groutable vinyl tiles which have the look of ceramic. They have a durable finish and are very easy to install.
You don’t have to be an experienced DIYer or have a large budget to give your kitchen a completely new look. Updating just a few key areas can go a long way in changing the overall look and feel of your kitchen for all the family to enjoy for years to come. You can transform your kitchen on a budget!
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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