How can I give my kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank?
Design guru Mark Garside says: “It’s fairly easy to rejuvenate a kitchen without splashing the cash. Maximise the durability and restore the lustre of solid-wood worktops with a suitable oil, polish tarnished ceramics and remove limescale marks. If you have chips in your enamel sink, repair the damage with a kit from DIY shops.
If your unit carcasses are fine, and it’s just the doors that are dated, change them – justdoors.co.uk has a selection of styles. Repainting is a must, as airborne grease quickly builds up – remember to sugar soap the walls first. Crown (crown paint.co.uk), among others, does specific undercoats and one-hit paints for the trickier surfaces, such as laminate doors and ceramic splashbacks.
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If you can’t afford to change your worktop, just cover it. Tile it or bond on a top sheet of laminate (formica.co.uk and abet-ltd.com produce vast ranges of laminates that you can buy via plastics suppliers). If you’re handy, then tiling a new splashback can be completed over a weekend. The beauty of tiles is that they’re good value and are a quick way to introduce colour and pattern.
Back-painted glass also introduces colour. For a budget version, order clear toughened glass (firmanglass.com) and back- paint it yourself using normal oil-based satinwood, then glue in place with mirror silicone.