The kitchen is the heart of every home, or at least so they say. On the other hand, if it is old and shabby, spending time in it doesn’t seem so interesting. But, let’s be real here for a moment. Completely redecorating a kitchen costs a lot and not every one of us can afford to spend a fortune on a room that’s functional just because we got tired of its design. If you do have the necessary funds to completely redo your kitchen, good for you; but if not, please check out some tips on how you can give your kitchen a “facelift” on a budget and make it look like a million bucks.
Touch up your cabinets
To change the look of your kitchen, you don’t have to change your cabinets completely – simply take down the doors and redo just them! You can make new doors for your old cabinets (which is the most expensive option), repaint your old cabinet doors or apply colorful vinyl to make them look fresh and new. Keep in mind that repainting them is the cheapest but a bit time-consuming solution. Vinyl, on the other hand, allows you to change the look of your cabinet doors whenever you get tired of the current design quickly and easily, and it is so versatile that you won’t have any problems finding something you like.
Replace cabinet hardware
Now that you have new cabinet doors, it’s time to give them some additional shine by replacing the old hardware. This will make a big difference, and it’s again something that doesn’t cost much and can easily be done without any professional assistance. Also, if you want to change the position of your handles, you can simply drill new holes and put in the existing ones before you apply vinyl or a new coat of paint.
Check your drains
Before we discuss all the ways you can play with your kitchen walls, you first need to check your pipes and make sure everything’s in order, especially if you live in a country where plumbing issues are a common concern. For example, leaky and blocked drains in Sydney are such a huge problem that most homeowners decide to call in the experts to check the pipes before starting any work whatsoever. Once you make sure your pipes are A-okay, you can move on to your walls.
Create a new backsplash
Don’t let your old backsplash bring you down but replace it with something that will inspire you every time you approach your sink. Here, tiles are not your only option. Some of the most popular materials used nowadays to turn your backsplash from simple wall protection into a real eye-catching statement are glass – plexiglass and glass tile mosaics included, various types of wood – think laminate flooring but on the wall; different metals – go for stainless steel, as well as natural stone. However, keep in mind that this is not particularly cheap but it’s totally worth every penny.
Change your wall treatment
The final step in redesigning your kitchen is, of course, changing the look of your walls. A timeless kitchen favorite is an exposed brick wall that instantly creates that warm, inviting atmosphere. Now, we know what you’re gonna say, “Creating an exposed brick wall is very expensive,” and you’d be completely right. However, there are various textured wallpaper designs on the market that replicate the look of a brick wall so perfectly that nobody would even notice the difference. And the beauty of it all is that they are pretty affordable. The best colors to go for are warm hues because they are known to increase the feeling of hunger. That’s why fast food joints usually go with red, orange and yellow.
Get down to work
There you have it. Just a couple of nifty tricks you can use to add a bit of luxury to your kitchen without breaking the bank. And the best part is that almost all of these ideas are so cheap and easy to implement that you can change them whenever you feel like it without spending too much time or money.