Spruce up your kitchen
to spend more on and the rest you can shop around for a bargain,” she says.
Here are some ways to transform your kitchen without taking out a second mortgage.
A NEW SPLASHBACK
Replacing your splashback offers serious impact for minimal cost. “I like to use tiles for my splashbacks to add texture and interest,” Findlay says. Just remember it’s there for a safety function so make sure you meet any requirements from the Building Code of Australia.”
One of the fastest facelifts you can dish up is replacing the fronts of your cabinetry.
“Depending on the condition of the cabinetry, you can just update the doors to create a completely new look,” Findlay says. Hardware stores and kitchen suppliers sell doors and fronts, just make sure you have your measurements spot on before you buy.
REPLACING BENCH TOPS
If your cabinetry is in good nick, replacing bench tops is another great way to work with what you’ve got.
“Your kitchen bench top is the most used surface in the house, so I recommend using sturdy, durable materials,” Findlay says.
“Factor into your budget additional costs for splash back repairs and any electrical work.”
Renovation shows have given us a taste for statement tapware, but don’t forget to think about how it flows with the rest of your interior style.
“Like your bench top, sinks and tapware should match the level of your property,” Findlay says. “Think about matching the finishes to what you’re using in your laundry.”