Is your kitchen a little jaded? Can’t afford a full blown renovation? Don’t despair! We’ve put together a list of handy tips to help you modernise your old girl without breaking the bank.
- The obvious solution: paint. If your cupboard doors and drawers are made of timber, paint is your best allied. You could do this on your own over a few weekends or you could pay a professional handyman to spray them for a crisper effect.
What about laminate and vinyl doors and drawer fronts? Laminate can be painted but it’s not really a very good long-term solution. And when it comes to vinyl wrap doors, these cannot be re-coated, so in this case you’d be better off replacing the doors entirely.
If you want to give painting a go, remember that surface preparation is key.
- Door replacement. If your existing doors have standard sizes, replacing them would be a relatively simple process. However, if they were designed in days gone by or whether the previous owner of the house went for odd sizes (not standard metric sizes), then costs will rise considerably. There are plenty suppliers that stock all sorts of pre-made door and drawer panels, kick strips and end panels at very reasonable prices.
- Bench-top replacement. Not the most economical but certainly one of the most effective ways to transform the look of your kitchen. Timber bench-tops are fabulous but will date in just a few years, so if you’re looking for a long term solution, stone or laminate are the way to go. Make sure you shop around, the price difference between suppliers can be staggering!
- New splash-backs, are the perfect way to add real zing to a tired kitchen. Use some bold colours that contrast with your cabinetry like charcoal grey or turquoise and you won’t believe the transformation.
Make sure you enlist the help of a professional handy man to get the job done quickly and to the highest standards, because affordable doesn’t have to mean subpar.