Budget tips for a kitchen makeover

It’s the most important room of the house and whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating there are great ways to make your kitchen shine. The Weekly’s Hande Renshaw shows you how.

It’s the most important room of the house and whether you’re starting from scratch or renovating there are great ways to make your kitchen shine. The Weekly’s Hande Renshaw shows you how.
As the hub of the home and a place to get together for entertaining and cooking with your family and friends, the kitchen needs to be not only functional, but also aesthetically in tune with the rest of your home. Whether it’s classic country charm, retro, industrial or modern city chic, planning your kitchen space well is crucial. Find out what works for you in our insider’s guide.
Budget tips for updating your kitchen
  • For a quick and inexpensive way to update your kitchen, change your existing cabinet hardware. Swapping handles and knobs can subtly change the look and feel.
  • Paint your dated splashback tiles; a splashback usually dictates the colour scheme of a room, painting a block colour such as a crisp white onto old patterned tile-work can change the entire look of your kitchen, at minimal cost. For best results, always use a primer, followed by a tile paint and finish off using a grout pen to fill in the tile lines after painting.
  • Update your countertop accessories - the latest kettles, toasters and mixers are bright and colourful, perfect to pop on display to add interest to your kitchen.
  • Take the doors off above bench-top cupboards and expose the interior of each cupboard. Open shelving is ideal for putting all your favourite crockery, tableware and bottles of wine on show. You will need to clean up the interior of your cupboards and the joinery where the doors have come off – it might be a good idea to give them a fresh coat of paint.
  • Consider replacing dated tapware with a new design. Think practically as well as aesthetically –for instance, extendable taps with pull out nozzles will make rinsing large plates a breeze.
  • If you are fortunate enough to design and plan a kitchen from scratch, you can update the design and functionality to suit your needs perfectly. The kitchen work triangle, where the sink, refrigerator and oven are in a triangle, is often touted as the ultimate design consideration for kitchen layouts. While it’s important to reference the work triangle in a kitchen re-model, it isn’t the solution to every layout problem. Instead, focus on what works best for you and making sure the route between your work centres - cooking, preparation and cleaning - is direct. Companies such as IKEA or Bunnings offer an online planner, where you can draw, build and have a complete 3D view of your new kitchen design.
  • Plenty of storage is often a priority for any kitchen renovation. Consider clever options such as deep drawers with full extensions and corner cupboards with internal rotating shelving.

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