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Transform Your Tired Kitchen in Style Without Breaking the Bank

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Cynthia Madison
Jesse Bridgewater

If your kitchen is looking a little tired and sorry for itself, there's no better time than now to incorporate new changes or re-do the existing design. Doing a kitchen remodel doesn't have to cost a fortune, so it's an attainable project for anyone. Tempting as it may be to do some of the work yourself, hiring a professional is ultimately the most cost-effective option, so ponder your decision before undertaking a problematic kitchen renovation. You can transform the hub of the home in many ways without it becoming a complete re-do. Nevertheless, it's up to you to keep the costs down. 

Look For Eccentric Accessories

Accessories play a key role in the beauty of the kitchen. You can use accessories to add visual interest and contrast; they can be altered to fit changing moods, styles, or seasons. Local antique fairs and flea markets are the perfect places to find new additions to your kitchen. Look for small items such as copper pots or pieces of artwork to hang on the wall. You might consider a chopping board a kitchen accessory – it comes in various shapes and dimensions and can be made from different materials. A smaller chopping board is recommended if you cook occasionally. 

Keep The Cabinets but Change the Doors

By being creative, you can find cheap kitchens, so know what features you want and what you're prepared to pay for. If you don't want a complete kitchen remodel, keep the cabinets and change the doors. In other words, purchase only the fronts from the manufacturer. Maybe you're into DIY. In that case, you can save a few pounds by repainting the kitchen units. Paint lends itself to the traditional kitchen's classic look and modern designs that emphasise form and structure. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, but remember that colour trends change with time.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, so naturally, it sees signs of wear and tear as time goes by. Replacing the cabinet doors won't cost an arm and a leg, meaning it's an excellent way to glam up the kitchen. Watch your kitchen come to life and be ready to entertain friends and family in style. As mentioned previously, you can find cheap kitchen units and cabinets, so if you ever change your mind about doing a full renovation, you'll find everything you need to revamp your home. The installation service will get your dream kitchen up and running. 

Tile The Kitchen Island 

A tiled kitchen island should be your next upgrade. Why? Because you can create a design that wows. If you have some tiles left over from a previous project, that's great, but if you don't, pick some tiles up from a DIY store. Ceramic tiles are durable, easy to clean, and low-maintenance, just so you know. See if your kitchen's island can support tiles, measure up to know how many tiles you'll need exactly, and remove dirt and debris to create a smooth surface. Instead of choosing tiles that complement your kitchen cabinets, opt for an unexpected contrast. For instance, if you have wood cabinets, select jewel-toned tile. 

Change The Outlets and Lights 

Change the outlets in the kitchen to protect you, your family, and your home from an electrical fire. Make sure the existing outlets blend in with the environment. For instance, if your kitchen walls aren't white, you can paint the covers (not the receptacles) or purchase outlet covers. If you're stuck with difficult, if not impossible, to hide outlets, you can use patterned wallpaper to distract attention; it's like camouflage. Best of all, you can hide the outlets inside the kitchen units. The microwave or the coffee machine is always in the same place (and needs to plug in), so cabinet outlets are an excellent solution. 

By layering light, you can take advantage of that power and create a well-lit, well-balanced interior. Use ambient, accent, and task lights, but don't try to force things. Your choice of light bulbs will affect the outcome of the layering, so choose the appropriate cool and warm temperatures. Equally important is to pay attention to the lighting controls. Ideally, you should have a central control device to turn the features on and off; some systems will enable you to pre-set moods at the push of a button. The lighting control provides the right amount of light where and when needed. 

Paint The Kitchen in A New Shade

If you're repainting the ceiling, do it before you install the kitchen units to eliminate the risk of getting paint on the new surfaces. Suppose you're installing new cabinets. It's advisable to do the work after the units are installed, as installation involves some scraping and bumping, so the paint is likely to be messed up in the process. Adding a new colour will immediately transform the kitchen. This year, you'll most likely see nature-inspired hues like dark green, proving immensely popular. Dark green provides balance and can work for everyone. Include subtle features like cushions and throws to bring back life into your kitchen. 

Wrapping It Up 

Renovating the kitchen doesn't necessarily mean building from scratch; it can be affordable. Put aside roughly 10% of your budget for unforeseen problems, such as outdated or obsolete electrical systems. Hopefully, this article has inspired you to commit to remodelling. Whether you're looking to increase the value of your home, have plans to sell in the near future, or simply want to transform your tired kitchen with style, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can get all the functions of a fully-fitted space at a fraction of the price.  

Doing it yourself is no doubt a cost-effective approach to kitchen remodelling, but something bad may happen. Be realistic in your assessment of your skills. All in all, small details make a big difference, so carefully consider every kitchen design element. It will make your kitchen look good and feel good for anyone stepping inside. 

By Liliana Alvarez

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