The kitchen is the heart of the home.
It’s where we eat, drink, laugh and cry. It’s where we prepare and eat food, socialise, enjoy a glass of wine and yes, if it’s been a rough day, it’s where we slam cupboard doors.
Any kitchen worth its salt is something of a workhorse. Meals are prepared, cooked and cleaned up after every day. Plates and glasses are dropped and shatter, crumbs disappear into nooks and crannies never to be seen again, knives and cleavers miss their marks and gouge nicks in worktops.
Let’s face it, our kitchen takes a beating.
When the heart of our home starts to lose its lustre it’s no surprise that many of us balk at the prospect of a triple bypass!
Replacing your kitchen and undergoing deep renovations can be an incredibly expensive process. Moreover, you might be especially reticent if you’ve already got your dream kitchen.
So here are some ways in which you can give your kitchen a facelift without breaking the bank.
Your cabinets are a key part of your kitchen’s aesthetic and when they start to look faded and worn they can give your kitchen a dowdy look and feel. The good news is that reviving your cabinets in many cases is as simple as a lick of paint.
Opting for light, neutral colours will give your kitchen a sense of space and lightness, making it feel fresh and breezy.
Your worktops take up the lion’s share of the kitchen’s surface area and since they’re where all the action is, they’re one of the first things to start looking shabby.
Fortunately, replacing your worktops is one of the most effective ways of renewing your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
The range of worktops on the market is huge and designed to suit pretty much any taste or budget. Laminate worktops are versatile and cost-effective but if you prefer a more classic aesthetic there are types of wooden worktops to suit any taste too. Whatever material you choose it should be fairly easy to tailor your worktops to your existing space and appliances.
The floor takes the brunt of every spill, every dropped plate and every shattered glass, so don’t be too surprised if it finds itself needing a facelift after a few years. Fortunately, in many cases reflooring is cost effective and easy as new flooring can be laid down over the old.
Vinyl flooring is relatively cheap and comes in a huge range of textures and finishes although if your kitchen has a more traditional appearance there’s no substitute for a natural wood finish.
It’s what’s inside that counts
Since we’re removing things from and putting things back into our kitchen cupboards on a regular basis, it’s no surprise when our storage becomes cluttered and unusable. Before we know it, our surfaces are bedecked with all manner of jars, tins and utensils.
For many of us it’s a simple matter of reorganising our kitchen storage regularly. In extreme cases it might be worth looking into some new storage solutions.