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The most expensive room in the house to decorate, without a doubt. With so many trades needed for just one room, the costs could soon start to mount. The average cost of a new kitchen in the UK is now about £8000, which doesn’t include the cost of appliances. So, as you can imagine with this included you are looking over £10,000 as a reasonable starting point.
However, if your kitchen is in a generally good condition, have you considered a kitchen refurbishment? There are a number of ways to bring new life back into your kitchen without blowing the bank and I am going to go through some of those now.
- Give your units a bit of TLC – Sometimes to breath a bit of life back into the kitchen, the first place to start with is the cabinets. Don’t start ripping them out until you have had a look at their condition. If the shells are in good condition then look to the doors, there are options such as painting them, changing the handles and even just replacing the doors rather than the whole unit. There are companies that can come in and revamp your kitchen units if DIY is not your thing, I know it is not mine!
- Paint – If your kitchen is a little dated, maybe it is time to give it a lick of paint. This doesn’t just mean the walls and ceiling though, there is now a wide range of tile paint too which can bring a bit of colour back to your tiles. Tiling a kitchen can be a time consuming and expensive option, painting them can bring the same effect but at a fraction of the cost.
- Flooring – Sometimes it is worth investing in a few things and good flooring is one of those things. Like walls and unit doors, flooring can have a bit impact on a room. Refreshing this to something that is long-lasting is a worthwhile investment.
- Declutter – This is one thing that could be said for every room in your house, but with so many gadgets and gizmos in a kitchen, it soon can start to feel small and overwhelming. Clear your worksurfaces, show off your newly painted tiles and bounce the light around.
The kitchen is the last room in the house that we have not yet really touched. I would love to be able to start on our kitchen next year, however, it will all depend on the costs. If a new kitchen is out of our price range, I will look to bring a bit of a fresh look revamping what we have.