Is your kitchen looking tired, outdated, or just plain old daggy? Here are 5 ways of giving your space a quick facelift without breaking the bank.
The kitchen is often called the heart of the home, and that has a lot to do with the fact that we spend a majority of our time in there, not only preparing food, but also reflecting on the events of the day with our loved ones.
Shaynna Blaze shows us how to give the heart of the home a quick update that won't cause a huge dent in your bank balance.
1. Replace the Benchtop
Replacing a rounded-edge laminate benchtop with a square-edge stone will instantly update a kitchen. A 20mm thick benchtop is all you need for a quick facelift and it will also help keep the cost down. Look for a quartz product rather than more expensive natural stone options. While you’re at it, why not replace a top mounted sink with a more modern under mount sink and new mixer. If you currently have an old large or double-bowl sink but don’t use it that much, go smaller and add extra bench space instead.
2. Install a New Splashback
Patterned tiles were very popular in the 70s and 80s and are one of the first things to date a kitchen. Tiles are still the cheapest splashback option so either replace the old tiles with new modern ones or paint over them with tile paint following a thorough clean and application of primer. Subway tiles are really popular right now in both modern and more traditional kitchens. Of course, for a much more modern, streamlined look, a glass splashback is worth the investment. In small, tight kitchens, a mirrored splashback can also help reflect much needed space and light.
3. Paint or Remove Cabinets
Give an all-white kitchen a modern makeover by painting bottom cabinets and the front of the island bench in a contrasting darker colour like charcoal or black. If the kitchen looks all too cabinet heavy, another trick is to remove some of the upper cabinet doors to open up the look of the space. These open spaces can be used to display nice crockery or decorator items. Don’t forget to fill and paint the hinge holes!
4. Replace Handles and Accessories
By far the cheapest trick is to replace dated, plastic or broken handles with new modern ones. If you choose stainless steel then think about other stainless steel accessories, like small appliances or a utensil holder, which will add to the look. Add a stainless steel tray with a high rim to group together daily cooking needs like oil, vinegar and condiments. New lighting can also make a huge difference and help extend a theme, developed through all accessories.
5. Upgrade Appliances
A protruding rangehood over an old white freestanding oven (you know the look!) can be instantly overhauled by installing a stainless steel slide out option and a built in cooktop and oven. One way to get around not being able to match the old cabinetry around the new appliances is to use a brushed stainless steel or aluminium laminate product that will tie in with the appliances and enhance the modern look. And finally, no kitchen should be without a dishwasher. Even if you can only fit a dish drawer it’s worth losing some cabinet space for. Fill in any cabinetry around it or underneath it with a similar stainless steel laminate.