Kitchen Renovations On A Shoestring Budget


The old adage that kitchens and bathrooms are the rooms that sell houses has never been more true. With the kitchen becoming the heart of the home and the appetite for open plan dining kitchens becoming ever more pronounced, you might want to invest some of your hard earned cash in renovating your culinary haven. Even if you aren’t planning on selling up anytime soon, you might utilise your kitchen area to cook up your latest gastronomic delights, and your cabinetry and appliances may need updating. Take a look at how you can revolutionise the look of your kitchen even if you are on a shoestring budget.

Cabinets

The major sight within a kitchen is the units and cabinets that adorn the perimeter of your room. You may have a shaker style set of cabinets, an eclectic mix of wood and metal or a simple rustic country style kitchen. You may hanker after a more modern high gloss look, a new worktop or a whole new reconfiguration. If your budget is particularly tight, you may be wise sourcing new cabinet doors especially if the integral structure of your cabinets are sound. For a small outlay, you could purchase new doors, new handles and even new drawer runners at a fraction of the cost of a whole new kitchen.

If your cabinets and doors don’t need updating, you could give your room a facelift by changing the worktop. Swap the high maintenance wooden worktop that forever needs oiling for a granite or engineered alternative. You could source ex-display examples to save money and fit it yourself to save on professional fees.

Flooring

If you have had a lino flooring or bog standard laminate in the past, you might be after a classier look. Reclaimed tiles can be a cost effective alternative and give you a more hardwearing floor. If you are seeking to save money and lay the tiles yourself, make sure that you seek out reputable tile trim suppliers so you can achieve the highest quality finish for your flooring. Use the correct grouting and use your trusty friend Google to watch some ‘how to’ clips.

You might opt for large grey slate tiles, some red Victorian Minton tiles or even some highly patterned Moroccan inspired terracotta. Ensure that they marry well with your cabinets and worktop and you could end up with a whole new look for your kitchen for a minimal outlay.

Appliances

An old rusty electric hob is not the most energy efficient appliance nor is it the easiest to cook on. Instead, see if you can stretch your budget to opt for an induction hob. For your white goods, seek out offers online, wait until the sales come around or look for ex-display ‘take home today’ examples. A reconditioned designer appliance can be half the price of a brand new model.

Just because money is tight doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a brand new look for your culinary boudoir. Use these ideas to inspire your next kitchen makeover.

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