In need of a kitchen makeover? We’ve pulled together 5 handy tips that will help you to give your kitchen a new look for just a few pounds!
Your kitchen is the heart of your home. Cooking, eating, chatting, watching TV, listening to the radio, surfing your favourite sites…it all goes on here. So it makes sense to do it all in nice surroundings, right? That’s why we’ve pulled together these five budget tips that will help you transform the hub of your home. Okay here we go…
1. Painting and decorating: roll on that new look kitchen!
A lick of paint here and there really makes a difference. Painting wooden kitchen doors and cabinets can lighten up the room, especially if you choose a fresh clean colour. And while you’re working, why not give those tiles a refresh too? Specialist tile paint goes on in one coat and is moisture and mould resistant – ideal for the kitchen. When it comes to choosing your paint, you can save £££s by choosing DIY store own label or visiting a trade outlet.
2. Update and refresh: all change for your new kitchen
These days, you don’t have to buy totally new cabinets and units to create a new look kitchen. Many companies specialise in replacement worktops made from a variety of materials – from granite to wood and laminates – to provide a new look at a fraction of the cost of new units. Why not complement your chosen colour theme with coordinating knobs and handles for draws and cupboards? With so many styles available, you can add a unique final flourish.
3: Special features: cooking up a new look
Lighting plays a big part in any room – and the kitchen is no exception. Thanks to lighting innovations such as plug-in strip lighting and rope lights, under-cabinet lighting no longer always needs a specialist electrician (although if you’re not confident with DIY, you may want to get help in). Other ideas include adding a splash of colour with a splash back behind a hob or sink. This could be tiling, stainless steel or laminate, whichever works best with your kitchen theme.
4: Perfect finishing touches: little details matter
To finish off your re-vamped kitchen, don’t overlook those little details. For instance, grouting between the tiles not only looks better, it helps your work last longer by keeping moisture at bay. Grouting pens make it a really easy job – they even come in a variety of colours if you fancy getting creative. Resealing around sink and worktop surfaces is worth considering too, as it protects against spills and splashes to preserve your kitchen’s gorgeous good looks. Again, you can do this DIY to save those precious pennies.
5: Fun stuff: for the family hub in your home
Because the kitchen is such a family room, why not add a few fun bits and pieces? They don’t have to be expensive – for instance a kitchen chalkboard is not only useful for shopping lists and messages, kids can also doodle happily while tea’s being cooked. Growing herbs or veggies in a box (think cress for an easy start) is a fun way to get youngsters into cooking.
Whilst all of these tips are designed to save you money, you may need a small kitchen fund to help you carry them out. Putting away a little each week is a good way to do this, but not always possible. Click the apply now button below to see if you can still get the loan you need for your bargain budget beautiful kitchen!