Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Revamping Your Kitchen With A Makeover

Installing a new kitchen can be an expensive business but if you are short of money some new accessories and some carefully chosen small appliances can give your kitchen a new lease of life and improve your home.

Organising the space, decluttering, painting the walls and adding some accessories and appliances like a combination microwave oven or food processor can all make a big difference to the look, feel and use of the kitchen.

Organisation


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Remove any large items cluttering up the work surface that are not in regular use. They just collect dust otherwise and make the kitchen look less spacious. Store these items as close as possible to where you will be using it for the best ergonomic design. Consider a wall or ceiling mounted pan rack to make efficient use of space.

Decluttering

Go through the drawers and cupboards one step of a time to declutter. Do you really need all the items you have stored? Divide the items into keep, give away/throw away or sell. If money is tight consider selling items in good condition on Ebay, or give them to a neighbour or charity. Consider gadgets you don't use, or are difficult to clean and dishes or glasses you don't like to be the first to go.

Painting




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A nice fresh lick of paint can make the world of difference to any space. Test colour on the walls first but when in doubt white paint will give a fresh feel. Due to the moisture in the environment the best paint for a kitchen is one with a mould exhibitor. 

Painting your cupboards is also a great way to freshen up your kitchen. Don't forget preparation is key here. Wash down the cabinets with sugar soap to remove grease and grime. If you have wood cabinets, when the cabinets are dry, use some fine sand paper and give the cabinets a rub over. Then apply a wood primer and when dry paint. A special cupboard paint can mean you save time as you do not need to prime first. If you have melamine cupboards you can buy a melamine primer - use this, leave to dry, then paint.  A few simple steps like these can mean a major change to the look of your kitchen at a fraction of the price of a new one.

Accessories And Appliances
A combination microwave can be a useful addition to your kitchen

Consider only adding accessories and appliances that you will use and will make life easier

If you are looking to buy a microwave for the first time or are looking to change the one you have, a combination microwave oven is a good choice as it can cook, brown and grill food.  As well as saving time, this can be used as an extra oven if you have a big family. This is one area where paying for a quality brand is recommended such as Panasonic.

If you love cooking, a food processor or mixer can be a useful addition to your kitchen appliances. Consider a cheaper brand if money is tight as some mixers can run in the hundreds of pounds and do the same job. You are paying for design and what's on trend here not functionality. 

Some new accessories like a new toaster and kettle, oven gloves and teatowels can add those finishing touches and freshen up the space.

With some simple changes I hope you can see how you can revamp your kitchen at the fraction of the price of a new one.

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17 comments

  1. I do love an all-white kitchen... it makes the few decorative things you put in it really stand out. Even a big bowl of fresh fruit can look beautiful, and that doesn't cost much either! xx

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    1. Yes it does and bright coloured accessories work well with a white kitchen too.

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  2. I completely agree - declutter those worktops!

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  3. Wd are about to try and revamp our kitchen and declutter is definitely on the agenda as is painting x

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    1. It makes your space look so much bigger and fresher.

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  4. We've been in our flat nearly 6 months now, and I'd love to revamp our kitchen! Especially with copper cook wear like the ones you have pictured xx

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    1. Copper pans are great quality, really excellent for heat conduction.

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  5. Some great tips here. Some people revamp their kitchen really often x

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  6. This year I asked my mother-in-law for some Lakeland voucher as I'm planning to do some kitchen revamp in the new year. xx

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  7. I so need to declutter the kitchen drawers, how do we accumulate so much junk in them???

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    1. I really don't know! Decluttering is very therapeutic.

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  8. Great tips, my kitchen really needs a revamp!

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  9. My kitchen really needs a revamp and I really need to declutter! I always end up doing something else though

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  10. Really good kitchen ideas. My husband and I recently bought a new microwave :)

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  11. I read these posts and suddenly just want to rip all of my furniture out and make them look as nice as these pictures in the post x

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