Affordable Kitchen Makeover: Renovation Ideas on a Budget
Updating kitchen storage space, cabinets and DIY painting
There comes a time when you feel like your kitchen needs to be renovated. Maybe the storage space isn’t enough or the counter top area doesn’t offer enough space for the preparation and serving of meals. Or, you just want to expand on the available space because it feels too cramped.
The first thing to consider when it comes to kitchen makeover is the expertise, and of course your budget. Do you have the required expertise to handle the remodelling yourself? Or you have to outsource the work out to a contractor? And how much do you plan to spend for the whole makeover?
Once you’ve figured out your budget, the next thing to consider is the kitchen design. If you’re happy with the current design, then you may need just to upgrade the flooring, walls and cabinets. If not, you’ll have to remodel everything from scratch, with a new flooring in place.
If this all sounds too daunting
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A total revamp or small kitchen update can be a stressful job if you're not entirely sure of what you're doing. Our specialist paints dry much faster than traditional off the shelf ones, so the whole job can be done in a few hours most of the time. And your newly updated kitchen is ready good to go within less than a day!
Upgrading kitchen storage space
Now, to improve on the storage space, you can opt for a U-shaped or L-shaped kitchen layout, with an island in the middle for extra space. Come to think of it, extra storage space is something every cook will always need. So, you’ll want to make the most of your cabinets and cupboards.
How about replacing the cabinets and cupboards with newer ones specifically designed for shelf-spacing and more depth? This will definitely provide you with more storage for the same space.
Also, you can get some of the cookie-cutter storage units, which are already available in the marketplace. They are designed to provide more storage space than other models, and will definitely save you money from having them built by a contractor.
More so, to make the most of your space, you can use overheard shelving or corner cupboards. This type of cupboard makes use of side hooks and opens fully, with the right shelving.
Remember the sink area – it’s preferable to have a double sink than a single sink. Also, consider having a drainage area on both sides of the sink. This offers you room to peel vegetables and wash-up; and enough space for draining and pot cleaning.
You can even create the feeling of extra space by fixing window treatments that allows for plenty of light and air, and painting the walls in light colour. Also get slimline cupboards and fittings. All these create a sense of extra space, and makes your kitchen more open and airier.
Kitchen cabinets makeover
It’s amazing how a simple cabinet upgrade can transform the appearance of any kitchen. If you’re on a budget, you may just need to only replace the cabinet and countertop doors to refresh the appearance of your kitchen.
Also, making use of low-cost materials like wood-veneer, paint or zinc sheeting can transform the cabinets into designer-looking pieces. The important thing here is to match the look and colour to a certain theme. Take for instance, you can replace the old cabinet doors with customizable doors, which can be spray-painted to match the colour theme of the kitchen.
White or pale wood laminate cabinets can go with a stainless-steel worktop and trendy brushed steel doors. If you choose a darker wood tone, it can be combined with matching doors and post formed laminate countertops for airier and brighter look.
Consider using sleek metal handles. They can match any wood colour, and also add an edgy ‘feel’ to the cabinets. The mix of wood with steel gives your kitchen a contemporary look. Plus, the kitchen doesn’t end up feeling too cold.
DIY kitchen painting
The right combination of colours can do wonders to any kitchen. If you’re going to be painting the kitchen walls and cabinetries yourself, then you’d better know what you’re doing. Consider hiring a professional to help out if you know you can’t handle it.
An oil-based paint would be an ideal option for the walls, as it makes it easy to clean. However, unlike acrylic paints, they take much longer to dry.
Coming to repainting the cabinets, there are specific steps to be followed to ensure everything comes out alright.
Summarily, here’re the steps to take;
- Prep the room for painting; empty the cabinets, and remove nearby appliances.
- Use greaser to clean-off the cabinets’ surfaces.
- Sand the cabinetry surfaces with 100-grit sandpaper.
- Apply the primer. Consider a stain-blocking primer if the cabinetry is heavily stained.
- Sand the surfaces again, but this time with a 220-grit sandpaper.
- Now, you’re ready for the actual painting. Two coats should do it, unless you’re painting over a dark finish with a light colour.
On the question of whether to use spray paint or brush, it all depends. Spray-painted finish offers the smoothest look, but do you have the expertise? Plus, you’ll need a spray equipment. So, you either hire a professional to help with spray painting or stick to using brushes.
The best way to renovate your kitchen
For best results, it’s always recommended to contract our team for a quote on affordable kitchen renovation services to help out with your kitchen renovation whenever possible.
This saves you a lot of time and effort, and results are guaranteed.
Affordable kitchen updates: before and after photos