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.