Is the kitchen the hardest working room in a home? Certainly the bathroom and laundry tend to do their fair share as well, but it’s really the kitchen that gets a solid workout, often from dawn til beyond dusk. It’s the go-to room for meals, homework, time-out over a cuppa, family conferences…
A kitchen’s work is never done, which is why this is often the first room in a home that needs some renovating TLC. Renovating a kitchen can be as small or as large a project as you want it to be; it can be a subtle refresh or a rip-it-all-out-and-redo-it reno. Here we’ve jotted down some top tips on how to refresh and revive the kitchen without breaking the bank.
Welcome to ideas on how you can renovate your kitchen on a budget.
1. Putting The Fab In Pre Fab
Pre fabrication or pre-built kitchens are a budget friendlier way of giving the kitchen a renovating haul-over without necessarily hauling your bank balance over the coals at the same time. Don’t make the mistake of thinking pre built means zero options. These days, pre-built kitchens can come in a dazzling array of colour schemes, a number of layouts and using varying materials. Pre fab can, in a round-about way, be tailored fab!
2. On The Surface
Kitchen bench top surfaces are often some of the first features to which our eyes can be drawn. They are also an area in the kitchen that can take a beating, both in terms of daily kitchen grind as well as subsequent cleaning. All this activity over time can take a toll on an otherwise good-looking and functional surface. Granite and marble are the VIP versions of a kitchen bench reno, but their cost can eat away at a budget. You can however, find finance-friendly alternatives! Polished concrete is so-right-now for the floor, but what about for the benches, too? An equally effective idea is laminate reproductions – you might not be able to justify buying a marble bench, but what about a marble look-alike, instead? Don't forget timber either - all the varieties with their unique grains makes it a wonderful addition to any kitchen renovation.
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3. Kitchen Cosmetics
If your kitchen shelving system can live to service another few years of family life, then don’t throw the metaphorical baby out with the baby water. For cabinetry that is looking drab but can still function, what about a spruce-up with a fresh lick of paint, or maybe some new handles?
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4. Let Shelving Shine
Let’s not just consider the outside of all that cabinetry. Consider other ways to freshen it up whilst still maintaining the practicality of it all. What about removing some of the doors and exposing the shelving? It could be a great way to give some of your favourite cooking accessories time in the limelight. We spoke of painting earlier – if you’ve got some left-overs then consider painting the back panel of the shelf to really make it pop. In fact, you might have wallpaper remaining from a previous residential make-over – put it to good use and place in on the backs of your shelving. You’ll feel like you’re grabbing a teacup from a boutique store display!
5. Whitegoods Wonder
Whitegoods are the cornerstone to any efficient, busy kitchen. These hard working items won’t unfortunately last for life. But the good news is that by replacing them, you could well give your kitchen a bit of a refresh without having to go the whole kit and caboodle of a renovation. Clean, modern, stylish new kitchen white goods can really help modernise and revive a space. You don’t have to blow your family budget on a total kitchen renovation – sometimes the small and subtle steps can lead to a new lease on life for this hard-working space.
We hope you have found these tips handy for your kitchen "spruce-up"!
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