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Improving Your Kitchen on a Budget *

*Collaborative post.

Renovating your kitchen is serious business. Not only can it take weeks, even months to complete the process, but the average cost of kitchen renovations in the UK is £3000. That’s a lot of money to find; it’s also not essential when there are so many affordable things you can do to spruce up your kitchen on even the tiniest budget.

Let’s take a look at them now.

Keep your kitchen layout

Instead of rearranging the layout of your kitchen, stick to the current format if you want to save money on a renovation. That will mean that things won’t need to be rewired or plumbing pipes moved, which could save you a significant sum, and make it more likely that you can do most of the work yourself.

Keep your appliances

It can be tempting to spring for lots of shiny new appliances when you’re revamping your kitchen, but if you’re looking to do things on a budget, you should probably keep them.

Appliances in good working order will need little more than a good clean and maybe a small amount of paintwork to get them looking as good as new again, Broken appliances may need a little more work like buying and installing westinghouse fridge parts, for example, to get them going again. Not only is this great for your budget, but it’s better for the planet too. Only if an appliance is beyond repair should you get rid.

Don’t replace, paint

When it comes to kitchen cupboards and units, they make up a lot of the kitchen’s decor, so you need them to look good, However, it can be really expensive to replace them. What you should do instead if you’re looking to save money and willing to put the work in yourself, is to strip them down and repaint them in your prefered colour. There are loads of tutorials online that will show you how to do this and it’s much easier than you might think. Yeah, it will take some time, but it will save you a lot of money that you can use on other aspects of your renovation, and you will be able to create a look that’s completely unique to your own kitchen. 


In a similar vein, you should think about upcycling your existing kitchen furniture too. As well as repainting things like kitchen tables and chairs, you could also look into reupholstering them, decorating them with decoupage or simply sanding them back to their original look for a more modern industrial look that will cost you nothing more than the hire of a sanding machine if you don’t already own one. 

Ditch cupboard doors

If you don’t fancy painting all those cupboard doors. But you also don’t want to go to the expense of buying all new ones, simply remove the doors, paint the insides and add a few shelves for a modern, airy open-plan look. The stuff you place on the shelves will be your decoration and it will be a much cheaper, slightly more unusual option to consider.

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