The costs of being a homeowner seem to continuously mount up, however well you take care of your property. We all try to keep on top of the tidying and cleaning chores in our homes, but naturally occurring wear and tear never abates and never ceases to rack up the expenses – no matter the size of your other bills. At some stage, it will inevitably get to the point where enough is enough.
So what happens when your kitchen starts to look tired and shabby? In the modern home, this is the room where friends gather and in which we try to impress guests with our stylish design choices. It is extremely difficult to replace the whole thing in a way that will look impressive or stylish on a tight budget, but no house proud individual wants to see their fixtures and fittings fall apart gradually.
Luckily, the team at Kitchen Warehouse LTD have put together a few tips and tricks to help you save money and to make your kitchen look as good as new. Read on to discover just what you could do to get one of the most important spaces in your home looking fresh once again.
Before You Start:
You should consider giving the space an intensive deep clean before you decide to invest in new units, worktops or other elements of your kitchen. It is important to know exactly what you are working with – plus, you might just find that those patches you thought were permanently stained or discoloured could actually be easily rectified with a bit of elbow grease! Remember to clean ceramic hobs and other unique surfaces with specialist cleaners and polishes to get them looking their best. If your kitchen is tiled, you should also work hard to clean the grout – which will give the design a much sharper, fresher look. Mould and mildew remover works well in the hard-to-reach corners, leaving every nook and cranny sparkling. This approach will prevent you from diving in and replacing elements that really just needed a little TLC to look their best once more.
- Strip Back, Sand, Repaint
At first glance, your fittings may look worse than they really are. Chips, scratches and stains are just cosmetic damage, which can actually be rectified quite easily depending on the material from which your kitchen units are made. Wooden doors and kitchen drawers can be sanded down to remove any surface-level damage, then repainted and finished in a manner of your choice. A simple change of colour can make everything look a lot fresher and give the room a completely different feel. In this manner, you can also make this particular space feel that much more like your own.
Because replacement kitchen doors and drawers are manhandled more regularly than many other parts of your kitchen, they are the most likely element to become warped or damaged in a way that is difficult to rectify by yourself. An easier approach is to simply replace these fittings. Many hinged kitchen features are created to universal sets of measurements, so it is usually relatively easy to find something else that will fit the space that was left by your old ones. We offer affordable replacement parts in a wide variety of finishes and colours to give your space a whole new look.
- The Finer Details
Sometimes, the little things make all the difference. Something as simple as investing in new drawer and door handles, reupholstered seats, shiny hob covers, updated trimming or even the cleaning or replacement of grout between your tiles can upgrade the room from old and worn to as good as new in just a few cheap steps.
Some of the most visible elements of your kitchen are the worktops. Depending on their material and finish, these can become scratched, stained or discoloured, and many of the older designs are liable to date fairly easily. You do not have to replace full units to give your kitchen a new lease of life – depending on the construction of your worktops, you can have your old ones removed and new ones put in their place quickly and easily. Another affordable approach is to strip the original ones back and have them re-finished. This is a sure fire way to completely refresh your kitchen at little expense.
- A Change of Lighting
Light fittings can really betray the age of a room design, and many people are unaware of what good lighting can do for a kitchen in particular. If you have opted for a lovely polished or high gloss finish for your surfaces, light will bounce off them and give the impression of greater space. Buffing up your worktops and surfaces then installing some elegant new lighting can make your kitchen shine as if it were brand new.
- Budget Replacements
Of course, sometimes it is better to start from scratch. It is definitely worth taking the time to decide whether spending small amounts of money here and there in the short term will end up racking up a greater price overall – rather like replacing parts of an old car until it ends up costing you more than a new model! If your fittings are looking particularly sorry for themselves, it is definitely a good idea to take a look at the cheap kitchens available on the market – after all, there is always a way of finding something of very high quality at a low price if you take your time to search.
When it comes to new kitchen fittings, Kitchen Warehouse LTD offers a wide range of options to suit a variety of budgets. You can find our showroom at Hutton Moor Farm, Hutton Conyers, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5LZ. Our opening hours run from 9am until 6pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am until 3.30pm on Saturdays.