How to modernise your kitchen on a budget – part 2

Refresh rather than renovate

Before you gut your entire kitchen, consider whether you would be happy with just a few changes. Refreshing the cabinets with new handles and a lick of paint can change the look of a room entirely.

Other low-cost changes that can lift your kitchen include replacing the benchtop, installing new window blinds and modernising the light fittings. Laminate has also had a revival, with stylish colours and designs that may just transform your kitchen at minimal expense.

Net a bargain

The internet is a treasure trove of bargains, but it’s not just the large retail stores that offer special deals online. Many individuals and small businesses offer surplus stock or items they simply don’t need on sites like Gumtree and eBay. You’ll be amazed at what people will sell for a fraction of the original cost.

Recycle

Just because you want a new kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t salvage some of your current fittings. Perhaps your tapware has hipster retro charm, or you have hardwood boards hidden beneath your lino flooring. Look at your existing kitchen objectively before you start throwing anything out.

DIY

While you may not have the time or skill to DIY everything, you may be able to save some dollars by splitting the workload with your tradies. Paint the walls on the weekend or tile the splashback, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.

Creating your dream kitchen without breaking your budget is certainly possible. Don’t be overwhelmed by the initial quotes, just look at where you can make little changes without compromising on your vision.

When planning your renovation, contact your Gail or Terry to find out how they can help you get into your new kitchen.