tips to Diy­ers

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME TRANSFORMA­TIONS - Tips pro­vided by Kitchen Shop. www.kitchen­shop.com.au

When you see some of the ren­o­va­tion shows on tv and them at­tack­ing the kitchen with a sledge ham­mer, don’t! the sim­ple and ef­fort­less way to be­gin is the same way it went in in the first place: sim­ply re­move screws from tops and cup­boards. they will all come away, be eas­ier to dump with even the pos­si­bil­ity of sell­ing the old cup­boards online.

RE­MOV­ING OLD TILES

for re­mov­ing an old tiled splash back, just cut a line around the tiles and re­move the tiles and the plas­ter­board to­gether and then sim­ply fit a new sec­tion of plas­ter board, this way is much eas­ier, quicker and most of all it’s safer.

BE­FORE PAINT­ING

Be­fore you paint a melamine door, don’t! the cost to re­place with new will sur­prise you.

GET­TING IDEAS

if you are try­ing to save money and just want breath some life back into the kitchen, take a few pho­tos of what you have and then email them to your lo­cal pro­fes­sional cab­i­net­maker. they can make the right choices for you with­out any guess work and you can get some ideas and op­tions and an idea of pric­ing so you can de­cide how far you go be­fore you start that ball rolling.

STONE BENCH TOPS

if you’re want­ing to re­place your old bench top with new stone top, be aware that your ex­ist­ing join­ery must be sturdy and sound or the stone ma­son will prob­a­bly refuse to in­stall. if your kitchen is more than 25 years old, the first ques­tion will be is it struc­turally sound to carry a few hun­dred ki­los of new stone. Have this checked by your lo­cal stone ma­son be­fore you go rip­ping the old top off as war­ranties on the stone re­ally do mat­ter.

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