Spruce up your kitchen

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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.”

CAB­I­NETRY DOORS

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.”

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