There’s nothing quite as frustrating as having to cook in an old and tired kitchen that you simply can’t afford to fully replace. While you might be dreaming about ripping your old kitchen out and replacing it with one that uses more modern materials, lighter colours, or a better layout, a full kitchen replacement can be a super expensive renovation job to take on. Thankfully, while you might not be able to replace your kitchen entirely, there are a few things that you can do to make it more pleasant to work in, on a smaller budget.
Kitchen respraying has become an increasingly popular option for those who want a new kitchen on a budget. Kitchen resprays simply involve spraying your cupboard doors and drawer fronts, and in some cases, the cupboard structures themselves to get a different colour with a professional finish. Kitchen spraying offered by Respray UK might be a better alternative for you if you don’t like your kitchen. If the main issue is the appearance, then this can be a great solution.
Along with respray kitchens that only need a new coat of paint, switching out the hardware can make a big difference to your kitchen. Whether you’ve decided to go with a sleek matt white or grey for your cupboard respray or are being more daring with a pink or navy blue, finding hardware to match can make all the difference. Switching outdated brass hardware for something sleeker, like matt black or gold handles, for example, can make a massive difference to the overall look and feel of the room.
Change the Tiles
The tiles can make or break a kitchen, so if you want to improve the appearance of your kitchen on a budget, then a simple tile change might be all you need. Coupled with a respray and new hardware, it really can feel like you have an entirely new kitchen, except that it’ll have cost you much less. If you don’t want to rip out your tiles and replace them with new ones, then there are alternative options to consider such as tile paint or vinyl tile sticker overlays, although it is worth noting that these might not last as long.
Wall Paint and New Lighting
Finally, painting the walls in your kitchen can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the space. If it’s been a while since you redecorated, then repainting can make the space more pleasant to work in. Along with repainting, you might also want to consider changing the lighting – a bigger ceiling light with more bulbs can make a huge difference and provide you with more light to work with. LED strips or spotlights under cabinets can also improve the space a lot.
If you are working in an older kitchen that you want to replace, but are on a budget, there are lots of things you can do to transform the space without spending a huge amount of money.
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Great tips. We keep meaning to make a start on our kitchen. Ours is only tiny though so it won’t take much time to do. x
I used to have a tiny kitchen, now I have a much bigger one and it would cost so much to do everything we would like to. We certainly need to do things on a budget.
We are thinking about changing the colour of our kitchen units. They’re pine a the moment but we’re thinking about going grey! Eek! A couple of years ago we painted the tiles, they were orange and now they’re white and they look so much better. x
Ours are pine too, but we’ve had to replace a couple and they don’t match exactly, so I think we will be painting too at some point. I haven’t decided on a colour though. x
These are great tips! It’s crazy how expensive it is to get a new kitchen and the prices just keep going up because of material shortages.
I was shocked at how much it would be to just replace my cupboard doors rather than the actual cupboards!