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You don’t have to start from scratch to give your kitchen a new lease on life, writes

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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.

“So you don’t over com­mit un­less you’re 100 per cent happy with your choice,” Lisa says. Make a state­ment with your splash­back for a dra­matic kitchen facelift. Luxe Walls wall­pa­pers of­fers a range of easy-to-use but bold designs.

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