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8 Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen, but have hard time to commit financially? You are not alone. According to the Archicentre Australia 2019 cost guide, the estimate cost of a kitchen renovation is between $15,000 and $43,000 excluding appliances. Here I will show you how to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

1. Use wallpaper to add patterns

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Wallpaper can add an instant wow factor to your kitchen without spending too much. There are a few ways to do this.

  • Wallpaper all your walls in the kitchen
  • Create a feature wall with wallpaper
  • Add wallpaper to the back of the kitchen island

Tips: to create a cohesive look, pick an existing pattern and/or colour in your house and replicate on your wall. If you want to relax and keep slim., avoid busy pattern and warm colours,

2. Add or update new handles/knobs

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If your cabinet handles/knobs are outdated, you can

  • Spray paint to the colour you want
  • Or replace them with new ones

Tips: If you buy new handles, please be sure measure screw hole distance before you shop. If you do cook often, avoid smooth polished look which shows oil and finger print easily. Not sure what metal colour you should use? The easiest way is using the colour you already have in the house..

3. Hang new pendant lights

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Here is another opportunity that you can create a feature for your kitchen – adding stylish pendant lights. Especially if you have an open plan, when choose well, they will tie with your living area.

Tips: choose something simple. Complicated design means difficult to clean.

4. Install a new backsplash

If wallpaper is not your thing, you can use backsplash to add patterns and colours. There are a few ways to do this:

  • replace old backsplash with new
  • attach new backsplash on top of the existing backsplash.

Tips: do check with professionals to find out what surface you are working on and what’s behind the wall. If you put new backsplash on top of the old one, please make sure to clean thoroughly to get rid of grease and  use strong glue.

5. Paint the cabinets

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The most popular and most effective way to fresh up an old kitchen is to paint. You can choose

  • Paint only the island
  • Paint overhead cabinet white or a much lighter colour
  • Paint all cabinets

Tips: when you paint on laminate, sand first and make sure to use strong bonding agent to make the paint stick. When you paint two tones, make sure bottom cabinets are darker. Otherwise you will end up with top heavy.

6. Resurface the cabinets

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Resurfacing is basically wrap veneer around existing joinery surface to give it a brand new look. Less mess and less hassle. You should considering if:

  • Your kitchen is structurally sound,
  • The layout is working
  • You want to keep your granite countertop. You will run a huge risk if you try to remove it.

Tips: resurfacing is most cost effective if you can DIY.

7. Resurface the countertop

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Don’t like the look of your countertop? Similar to resurface cabinets, you can resurface your countertop too. There are products made from real granite mixed with resin. They are not only look like granite, but also feels like it too.

Tips: if you install it yourself, make sure the particle base is flat and smooth. No bubbles underneath.

8. Upgrade appliances

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The easiest and quickest way to update your kitchen is to upgrade the appliances. If you have an old kitchen, the chances are the appliances are not energy efficient. Maybe it is the time to replace them.

Tips: before you head to the shops, make sure you measure the space you want to put the new appliances in.

There you have it, 8 ways to update your kitchen without full remodel. The bottom line is do your budget first. And evaluate the risk (time and money you invested in) vs the return (increase value to your property). Happy renovating!