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Updating Your Kitchen On A Budget

If you are re planning a new kitchen, it’s easy to scroll through endless images of beautiful kitchens for inspiration.

But it’s also a real disappointment to discover that many are way beyond budget! Read on for some advice on how to get a brilliant kitchen with just a modest outlay …

A New Kitchen – on a Budget

There are many ways of doing a quick update, concentrating on just one area of the kitchen… but the kitchen needs to be in reasonable condition to make it worthwhile. A change of colour, the addition of some open shelves, or even a simple de-clutter can all make a huge difference. If you’re up for a complete transformation, discover ex-display modern kitchens with Used Kitchen Exchange.

Here, it’s possible to pick up a fabulous contemporary kitchen, complete with appliances, for a fraction of its original value. Whether you have a huge kitchen space that needs updating, or a compact area that needs to be practically perfect, there will be an ex-display kitchen to suit your needs. The Used Kitchen Exchange team are able to guide you through the whole process of buying an ex-display kitchen, from start to finish.

Look at the Floor

If you’re not up for replacing the whole kitchen, there are other budget-friendly ways of making the most of what you’ve got. Start with the flooring if the existing flooring isn’t doing the scheme any favours!

White and blue kitchen

As long as the sub-floor is dry and even, it could be a DIY project to lay new laminate, solid or engineered timber planks, or even ceramic or porcelain tiles. Try replacing old, battered vinyl flooring with new porcelain tiles for a very dramatic transformation.

Cupboard Love

Cabinets can be painted for a straightforward make-over. Timber (check they’re real wood!) cupboard doors and drawers can be sanded, primed and painted. Choose an obviously different colour for maximum impact – a fashionable trend at the moment is for an island or peninsula to be painted in a darker shade, and the cabinets along the walls to be in a paler shade. Use acrylic eggshell for easy application and a subtle mid-sheen finish. If work surfaces need replacing, check out the latest laminates, which replicate real stone or timber at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Off the Wall!

The simplest budget updates revolve around the walls … a new coat of paint works wonders in most circumstances. Go for brave shades of navy, olive green, nearly-black and cobalt blue for a contemporary update.

Stylish grey cupboard kitchen with blue walls

Freshen up the skirtings and radiator too … a good trick is to use the same colour as the walls so everything blends and looks streamlined. In an open plan kitchen consider adding a feature wall … use colourful large-scale patterned wallpaper or even a full-wall picture mural.

On the Shelf

If your kitchen is a bit higgledy-piggledy, give it a proper sort-out and have a serious de-clutter. A tidy kitchen always looks more streamlined and there’s always the discovery of that odd utensil that’s been missing for months! Keep open shelves under control –  refreshing them with a new paint job and creating a very tidy and organised display space. If some wall cupboards are really looking the worse-for-wear consider replacing with a run of natural timber open shelves. You don’t need to be a DIY superstar to put up simple shelves which will make a real difference to the way the kitchen is used.