Tap into new look
WHEN it comes to kitchens, it is not uncommon for homeowners to be torn between a demolition and rebuild versus trying to fix and renovate a space.
Trends expert Jessie Harvey from Granite Transformations says a “facelift” is great for those on a shoestring budget.
“For a portion of the cost of a complete demolition and rebuild, a makeover will transform your tired old kitchen into a stunning feature,” Harvey says.
“By working with existing surfaces and cabinets, a makeover will give the space a new feel and fresh look.”
Harvey says ready-made surfaces designed to be laid directly over existing surfaces can be a great way to change the look of splashbacks and benchtops, with little disruption to your life and minimal mess to your home.
“Then finish by replacing old cupboard doors with new doors and handles to bring your kitchen back to life.”
Harvey’s top tips for a kitchen facelift include:
Working out your budget first.
Determining how you want to use the space. Work out what you need (more cupboard space, bigger benchtop, more storage), before deciding on the layout.
Look at what can be recycled, for example existing cabinetry can be reused.
If you’re not looking to change the design and layout, just replace the doors and drawer fronts only. New tapware has a similar “bang for buck” effect
Lighting: You can add more or less task lighting (downlights or spot lights), introduce decorative yet functional lighting via pendant lights, or install a skylight (easy DIY options).
A new lick of paint works like magic in makeovers. Paint the cupboards or the entire kitchen to freshen the look on a budget. granitetransformations. com.au