THE KITCHEN

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Home Revamps -

As one of the sig­na­ture rooms of the house, the kitchen is usu­ally top of any makeover list. If it’s in rea­son­ably good con­di­tion, it’s also a great can­di­date for a bud­get revamp. With the money you save do­ing it your­self you can splash out on big-ticket items like ap­pli­ances or bench­tops.

• Re­plac­ing han­dles is the first place to start. You can do it in just a few hours! Take the old han­dles to the shops and buy new ones that will fit in the holes drilled in the doors and draw­ers.

• Do­ing a full makeover? Start by get­ting rid of wall and floor lin­ings that show your kitchen’s age (see pic­tures below). Rip up old lino – hope­fully there’s lovely tim­ber un­der­neath just wait­ing to be sanded! Strip off old wall­pa­per then patch and paint walls and ceil­ings in a shade to suit your scheme!

• Cup­board doors can be re­painted with a new colour. Make sure you prepare the doors by clean­ing, sanding and prim­ing prop­erly be­fore ap­ply­ing the fi­nal coats of enamel paint.

• To re­fresh your dated or dodgy bench­tops, the only real op­tion is re­place­ment. You can cut down on the cost by go­ing DIY. Stan­dard lengths of bench­top are stocked at larger hard­ware stores so you just pick the one you like then cut and in­stall. Cer­tain sup­pli­ers have a ‘cut to mea­sure’ ser­vice. You pro­vide the mea­sure­ments for your bench­tops, they pro­fes­sion­ally cut them to size and then you in­stall.

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