Kitchen refurbishment doesn't have to be complicated, and it involves a lot less upheaval and hassle than having an entirely new kitchen fitted. But the results can be stunning, and at an entirely reasonable cost. So what's the recipe for a 'like new' kitchen design?
Take one old kitchen…
Your old kitchen may not be exactly worn out, but if you've had it for a while then it may be past its prime. That doesn't necessarily mean it's time to trade it in for a new model though; merely that it's in need of a little attention.
Add new kitchen cupboard doors
Cupboards are at the core of any kitchen, in terms of both aesthetics and functionality, so the state and look of them is important.
Unless you've suddenly decided you need more space, there's a good chance that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your kitchen cupboards, and they probably fulfil their purpose just as well as they did when you first bought them. Your cupboard doors, on the other hand, may be showing signs of wear. So rather than ripping out a perfectly good kitchen, it makes more sense to simply replace the doors. This approach is also useful for radically changing your kitchen design with a minimum of effort and cost.
Blend with updated drawer fronts
It's surprising how much of a difference simply changing the drawer fronts along with the cupboard doors can make. You might obtain matching doors and drawers, or perhaps go for a bold design with contrasting colours and effects. Fed up with your dated 1990's look? Why not go totally retro with a kitchen that harks back to the 1960s or even further, with a farmhouse Shaker style look?
Put in a new worktop
From wood laminates to marble and other high-end materials, spending a little on a quality worktop can have a radical effect on the overall look of your kitchen. And as it's where you'll be spending much of your meal preparation time, it's well worth the expense.
Fit a new sink and taps
Sinks also see a lot of use and so are more likely to need replacing before other elements of your kitchen. A new sink and shiny new taps can breathe a lot of life into any tired old kitchen.
Sprinkle with some accessories
Here's where you can really add some extra personality to your kitchen, akin to adding seasoning to a meal to give it an added zing. A few well-placed wooden shelves can look fantastic and give you more space. New light fixtures can be used to add a little class and character to your kitchen ceiling, without the cost of a complete re-design.
In terms of appliances, if you can't afford to replace the cooker, fridge or other more expensive units, then simply replacing affordable items such as microwave, toasters and kettles can make a lot of difference. Take care to match the new appliances to your refurbished design and the cumulative effect can be breathtaking. If you're feeling a little flush, you might even treat yourself to something new, like a coffee maker or a sandwich toaster!