Budget-friendly ideas for a stylish new kitchen

The phrase ‘kitchen revamp’ doesn’t tend to be synonymous with ‘budget friendly’, but you really don’t need to break the bank to get that new kitchen feeling. With a little effort and creativity, the heart of your home will be spruced up in no time. 

The most dramatic transformation is often in the form of new kitchen cupboards, but don’t rush out to buy brand new sets just yet; if the framework of your existing units is still in good shape, consider just replacing the doors — far less expensive than replacing the units. Many companies specialise in replacement doors, making it a quick, easy and relatively cheap refresh.

If the cupboard doors are hanging straight and the framework has stood the test of time, you may be able to get away with a few coats of paint. There are ranges designed specifically for kitchen units, making them durable and easy to clean. Opt for a light colour to maximise space, particularly if you have a small kitchen.

In a similar vein, you can spruce your space by replacing just the worktops or floors as an alternative to revamping the whole kitchen. Worktops made from laminate are the cheapest and come in a variety of colours, and you can easily lay new flooring on top of old, running it to just under your cabinet plinths to avoid having to rip them out.

Any room can be updated with a few thoughtful pieces, and the kitchen is no exception. Opt for a new set of pans, a storage rack on the wall, or some bright pops of colour in the form of new peripherals such as a bin, draining rack and washing-up bowl. Small electrical items such as kettles and toasters are available in such a variety of styles, making it easy to stamp your style easily and cheaply. 

And failing that, get crafty! Spray painting the front of your fridge with a geometric pattern is a well-used hack, as is painting a wall with chalkboard paint to act as a memo board. Free your mind, and your wallet will thank you!

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