Our kitchens tend to be the true heart of our homes, the centre of family life – where we gather to reconnect with family after a busy day, where we entertain our friends, and where we relax. So it’s little wonder that most people dream of a spacious, welcoming open plan kitchen, perhaps with doors and decking out to the yard, to transform their home. In real life though, budgets don’t always stretch to a full remodel, which can easily run into the tens of thousands. So what can you do to breathe new life into a tired old kitchen without breaking the bank?
Paint Your Cabinets
The biggest single surface in your kitchen is your cabinetry, and if you have a dated finish then it quickly drags the whole room down. If you have a bit of spare money, some websites will let you purchase the doors only, so you can keep the units and just update the kitchen door panels and hardware for a total transformation. If that’s still beyond the budget for now, you could try simply adding a lick of paint. There are lots of step-by-step tutorials on painting your kitchen cabinets out there, and it isn’t complicated – simply rope in a few friends, an electric sander and some kitchen paint and you could have a fresh look inside of a weekend. Customise further by changing up the handles and hardware for a sleeker more modern look.
Make Sure Your Space Is Functional
It’s one thing if the space is simply a bit dingy and run down, it’s another if the basic functionality of your kitchen isn’t working. Look into appliance repair if you have a broken or damaged cooker, hob, fridge or washer-dryer, and you could consider re-siting your existing appliances if the layout of your current kitchen simply doesn’t work. If you need a little more work surface, things like a moveable butcher’s block can be wheeled in for use as you need it and tucked out of the way at other times. Similarly, an industrial style open shelving unit can provide some convenient extra space for crockery, glassware or even cookbooks.
Change Up Your Dining Area
If you have an eating space in your kitchen, one of the quickest and most effective ways to create impact is by re-doing this area. You could purchase a new dining table and chairs or look at painting and reupholstering old dining chairs to give a fresh look. New table linen, a vase of flowers and fresh crockery also give a big lift to the area. Or why not add colour and interest by adding a framed picture to the wall in your eating area? Another easy way to make an impact is with the lighting. Swapping out your light fixture for a striking modern pendant light or an overblown chandelier makes a real statement and can completely change the mood of a room. Or it may simply be that adding some cosy lamps to your eating area, so that you can turn off the glare of harsh overhead task lighting when you’re eating is enough to make a change. Have fun experimenting and you could soon have a revamped and welcoming kitchen area to enjoy.