Cool kitchen hacks
You don’t have to start from scratch to give your kitchen a new lease on life, writes
want to refresh my kitchen, but I’m worried about the cost. How can I sprucee up my kitchen without starting from scratch? h?
It may feel like the best way to start a renovation is with a sledgehammer to get rid of the past and prepare a clean slate, but that’s not your only option.
If you’re trying to save money, or you’re after something temporary to tide you over, then a kitchen makeover should be an exercise in removing ng everything you don’t want, while holding onto the structural elements that can be reused.
Save what you can
marketing manager at Kaboodle Kitchen, (pictured), says don’t be in a rush to demolish the entire kitchen.
“In the first place, set yourself a budget,” she says. “Something as simple as painting the door cupboards and changing the handles can make a significant improvement to the look and feel of a kitchen.”
Lisa says that if the structure of the kitchen is solid, and you are happy with the position of the main amenities like the sink and oven, then you have just saved yourself thousands of dollars because moving amenities is expensive.
“This depends on if you have a relatively solid structure,” she says. “All you have to do at that point is change over the doors. If the old kitchen shows wear and tear or has water damage, you may be out of luck.
“At that point the best thing would be to start over.”
Time for a shake up
If you have an L-shaped kitchen, Lisa suggests shaking things up by introducing a freestanding island bench, and overhead cabinetry above existing benchtops, if you have the space. The materials and colours can be in contrast to what you already have.
“Introducing new materials in the kitchen, such as modern timbers or bamboo, will make it much more interesting,” she says. “There are so many resources available now, with magazines and design blogs doing the research for you on new colours and trends.
“You could just Google new product materials on the market that would work in your kitchen,” she says.
If you’re unsure, Kaboodle has the option of buying swatches at Bunnings for you to take home and try before you buy.
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