It is very easy to get bored with a room like a kitchen. We only tend to replace the units and appliances once every 5-10 years and just live with it in the meantime. Sometimes it can seem very dated, but we just don't have the time or the finances to redo all of it. But there are some minor changes which can make a huge difference to the look and feel of the kitchen and it can be done on a tight budget.
Even if you don't have a lot of time to spare these little jobs can be done as and when and before you know it the room is transformed.
- Cupboard doors can be either replaced, painted or veneered. Veneer comes in sheets and is cut to size and stuck to the doors. This can turn plain old formica into wood in just one easy step. Even a lick of paint will do wonders.
- Replace door handles with interesting and shiny new ones. If your kitchen is of an older style then reclaimed door handles can be found at reclamation yards, or new ones can be bought anywhere. Just take care to ensure that the handle fixings match the holes left by the old ones.
- Tiles can either be removed and replaced or painted over. Tile transfers will change the colour of old tiles in an instant and are easy to apply. If you choose to remove the old tiles and perhaps go for a glass splashback, then take care as plaster may come off the walls leading to a costly repair job.
- Replace taps and even the whole sink unit. To be fair most stainless steel sinks will come up like new if you simply use a bit of elbow grease. But taps can easily date a room. Try bargain bins in the DIY stores for taps which are reduced in price.
- Spending a bit of money on a new worktop can simply transform a kitchen. Even if this was the only job you chose to do, the result would be dramatic. Go for the most expensive you can afford and if you have the space, consider extending it further into the room to create a breakfast bar area.
- Lay some new flooring if necessary. If it is a small space you may find off-cuts of lino or even tiles which are end of lines. You will have to remove your appliances to do this job, but the units can usually stay where they are. If you have floorboards just repaint or sand them down and give them a good wax.
Finally just paint your walls in a reflective colour to create the illusion of space and light. Buy some new small appliances such as toasters and kettles and you have a new looking kitchen for half the price you might have expected.