If you’re planning to refurbish or renovate your kitchen, budget is often a major concern. However, there are a lot of things you can do to upgrade this key space without breaking the bank!
1. Check Out Sales and Second Hand Listings
One highly effective way to reduce your expenditure when decorating is to keep a keen eye on trusted retailers and browse their sales.
You may be able to pick up heavily discounted tiles, flooring, kitchen units and appliances, as well as end-of-line stock that is reduced to clear.
Don’t be afraid to enquire into ex-display items in store, as most will be in perfect condition but, because they’ve been out on the shop floor, their price tags may be significantly reduced.
You should also take a look at online resale listings, as many people accidentally over-order items like tiles and laminate flooring and then put them up for sale online.
As long as you’re able to pick up the right quantity, you may just be able to grab a bargain.
“You’d be surprised at how many bargains you can find on resale sites like eBay. It does require a lot of perseverance though,” comments Ruban Selvanayagam of UK homebuying group Property Solvers.
2. Upgrade Your Wall or Floor Coverings
A lick of paint or a new laminate or vinyl floor can totally transform how your space feels.
Be sure to purchase tough kitchen paint that is washable as well as grease, moisture and stain resistant, as this will save you money in the long run by eliminating the need for re-applications.
Affordable flooring options – particularly laminate flooring – has made significant advances in style, durability and quality over recent years.
This makes it a smart choice for your kitchen floor in place of tiles, which are often much more costly.
3. Do it Yourself
Getting specialists to decorate your kitchen can really push up the price of a refurbishment. Instead, why not do the painting and other basic tasks yourself?
You could even watch a few online tutorial videos on how to tile, then take this on too.
Many kitchen retailers will even give you the option to waive the installation charge on their kitchen units and instead opt to put them together yourself.
Of course, it’s important to make sure that you know precisely what you are doing before you make a start on any DIY – as mistakes can end up costing you!
What does your kitchen already contain that could be spruced up and reused? Perhaps you don’t need whole new units – instead, you could simply order and fit stylish new doors.
You might just decide to replace old hardware like door handles and switch or socket covers.
It’s possible to upcycle your old appliances with specialist paint, including matte or metallic effect options – and there is even paint that can be used on outdated tiles to give them an updated look!
5. Keep on Top of Trends
It’s a good idea to research decorating trends in order to get your kitchen looking stylish and up to date.
Dark matte shades are currently very much in vogue for units, whilst colourful subway tiles on walls show no sign of going out of fashion any time soon. Pendant lights are also a highly desirable feature.
It’s a good idea to browse your local vintage and charity shops for statement dining chairs and functional old-school kitchen accessories such as coffee grinders, as these items will always add elegant interest.
Don’t be afraid of picking up pieces that need a little fixing up, but make sure you understand exactly what you are taking on before you make the purchase – as fixing up antiques can end up much more costly than buying new!
6. Use Your Space Well
You can make your kitchen feel fresh, airy and spacious through the use of lighter colours and reflective surfaces.
Try to reduce clutter by stowing away smaller appliances and trinkets. There are plenty of handy storage solutions available online – including utensil hanging rails, over-door baskets and racks and plenty more besides.
A “floating” breakfast bar affixed to the wall is also a great space-saving feature that will help you to avoid the fuss of fitting a cumbersome table into your kitchen.
7. Be Smart with Accessories
Make sure you are very selective about the ornaments that you keep on display.
Consider using functional decor such as colourful storage jars to add detail without needlessly wasting space.
It’s surprising how much you can achieve whilst spending very little. Remember, upgrading your kitchen is worth the effort, as it is one of the main spaces of the house that can make a huge difference to your property’s value!