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How to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank

Today, we have a guest post from Many O’Dell, kitchen designer.

How to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank

A designer kitchen – it’s on every home-owner’s must-have list isn’t it? After all, we all know that it’s the kitchen and bathroom that sell a house. So, if you’re looking to give your kitchen a bit of TLC to help entice buyers, or if you simply want to enjoy a gorgeous kitchen of your own, here are our top tips on how to get your kitchen looking gorgeous without spending a small fortune.

Keep it traditional

Want a kitchen that looks smart and timeless? We can see why – this look is particularly good if you’re thinking of selling your home sometime in the not-so distant future as it should appeal to most buyers. To help get the look, why not replace your kitchen worktops? You’ll achieve a whole new look without the expense of replacing the entire kitchen. Solid wood worktops look great with traditional butler sinks – try looking in reclamation yards to find these kinds of sinks at purse-friendly prices.

Go modern

If you’ve inherited a kitchen from previous owners who didn’t really share your same sense in style, don’t just put up with it. Try painting old 70s tiles with specialist tile paint to brighten things up. Kitchen cupboards can be spruced up with a lick of paint too, or you can simply replace the fronts and keep the cupboard shells to save on cost. Go for light colours, fuss-free handles, and minimal detailing to keep things fresh and contemporary. Add an injection of colour with acrylic splash-backs – they look great and you can get them cut to whatever size. If your kitchen worktops have seen better days too, try replacing them to instantly give your kitchen a lift.

Look down

We spend most of our time in the kitchen reaching up to get things out of cupboards, cooking things at waist height, or sitting down to eat. We don’t actually spend that much time looking down. However, an old kitchen floor can really drag your whole kitchen down. Bare bricks might look great at first glance but on closer inspection they can harbour dirt and be a pain to clean. Tiles, meanwhile, are easy to clean but can be a bit on the cold side. Lino is cheaper but won’t last as long, while cork is eco-friendly and warm. So, when you’re giving your kitchen a makeover, make sure you show some attention to your floor too.

A few final money-saving reminders

  • Don’t feel the need to gut your kitchen entirely – simply replace the bits that need replacing and work around them
  • New worktops can help make your kitchen look like new – but choose your colours wisely
  • Try painting cupboards and tiles to give them a new lease of life

Author bio:

Mandy O’Dell has worked as a kitchen designer and has written articles on a variety of home and lifestyle topics. Unsurprisingly, her kitchen is her most favourite room in her home. She researches on sites including Worktop Express to ensure she stays up to date with the industry.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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