When you’re a busy parent, renovating a whole kitchen space can easily be an expensive and time-consuming process, which is why many people end up neglected their kitchen interior. Often, this neglect can mean that your family’s kitchen can end up looking tired and shabby. However, there are some things you can do to your kitchen, if you’re on a budget (both with time and money), that will update and refresh the room, and give it a new lease of life. If you’re unhappy about the overall look of your cooking space, then check out the following ideas and tips to gain some thrifty design inspiration so that you and your family can begin to enjoy the heart of the home again.
Display All Those Family Keepsakes
Who says a kitchen has to be purely functional? There’s a lot to be said for adding some character and personality through decorative and display items. Adding some shelves to your kitchen wall is a great way to give the space a design feature and plenty of character. You can find cheap shelving in a variety of places, or even better, create your own. All you need is a saw, some sandpaper, and some shelf brackets, and voila; a shiny new row of shelves to pop your wares on top of. Family photos should always be framed; check out sites like www.frames.co.uk and put some of your favourite memories in a frame, and display some on your shelves to make everyone smile.
Displaying cookbooks, glassware, dinnerware, and ornaments in your kitchen, will also bring it to life with your personality and memories. Try decanting foods into mason jars, and putting your first aid kit into an enamel tin; being creative with your storage containers and how you display them, will ensure that your kitchen looks like something you’d find on Pinterest, and it won’t have cost you a fortune to get the desired look.
Freshen Those Walls (and the ceiling)
When the thought of re-tiling a kitchen fills you will dread, or if it’s simply not a feasible option for you, there are a few things you can do to achieve an updated interior space. A fresh coat of paint on the walls will go a long way and can lighten and brighten the environment. Think about using clean neutral, or white, hues, which will open up space and breathe new life into a tired wall. A light backdrop will also allow you to add accessories and artwork of any colour or design, making it a versatile choice for your kitchen. If your tiles and grout have seen better days, then giving them a thorough scrub might be just what they need. Get your bicarbonate of soda, scrubbing brush, and your marigolds out, and see how much grime you can lift, to achieve a shiny new appearance.
If the colour, or pattern, of your tiles, is on the bad side of “70s retro”, there are paints you can use to cover up any orange and brown floral designs. By investing a little more time in painting and cleaning your wall surfaces, you save a substantial amount of money on the cost of new tiles and having them fitted. As for your mahogany brown kitchen cabinets, don’t worry; paint can fix those too. It might take a little elbow grease and a couple of coats, but you’ll save hundreds, even thousands, of pounds by not having to buy new cupboards or cupboard doors. Replacing cabinet handle and knobs are another affordable way to update the look and will add design details.
Change Some Fixtures And Fitting
Your sink and taps can be key places that can look dated and a bit grim, so updating them will lift your kitchen counter space immediately. You don’t need to spend money on ridiculously overpriced basins and faucets in order for your kitchen to look chic either. Check out reclamation yards for some vintage steals, or have a look online to grab a bargain, then rope in some help to fit your upgraded sink and taps (unless you’re a qualified plumber, you’re best hiring a professional).
Light fittings and shades can also be a focal point to the room, especially when they light up preparation and dining spaces in your kitchen. Check out online auctions, charity shops, and vintage stores to try and source some light shades and fittings that have plenty of character, yet cost a fraction of the price than if you were to buy them new.
Upcycle Those Items You Already Have
Your kitchen’s tables and chairs can often be the place that the family hangs out at the most; so why not ensure that they provide your home with reliable function, along with beautiful design features, which will enrich your interior. If you cannot afford to purchase a new dining set, then it’s worth considering upcycling your old ones. Wooden tables and chairs are particularly straightforward to update, and can be sanded down, and painted in your chosen colours, in the space of a Saturday, Get your partner and kids involved to save even more time. Think about choosing colours that will look great with your updated cupboards and tiles, and ensure you use a paint that can be wiped clean regularly, as there are always going to be spillages and stray bolognese at dinner time.
For a more adventurous and eclectic look, you could replace your chairs one at a time, and source some vintage seats as and when you see them. Adding decorative seat cushions, in vibrant patterns and prints, will also lift a tired looking dining space, and will help to tie the room together as a whole. Your work surfaces and countertops needn’t be forgotten either; you can often find ex-display items on sale for minimal money in kitchen showrooms and on their websites, so it’s worth spending some time to have a look. See if anyone locally is gutting their kitchen; you could pick up a perfectly good counter free of charge, and you’ll just have to invest in the right person to cut and fit it to your kitchen. There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a bargain, and it’s even better when it’s completely free.
This is a collaborative post.