Makeover Your Kitchen Without Spending a Fortune


Kitchen Makeover on a BudgetGiving your kitchen a fresh new look can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. If your budget is limited then simply fitting new worktops could brighten up your kitchen and give it a new lease of life. Alternatively you could fit replacement kitchen doors and drawer fronts as simply changing these can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your kitchen. Modern manufacturing techniques allow for cheap kitchen doors to be made in a variety of designs and finishes and with such a large choice available, I’m certain you’ll find something to suit both your taste and your budget.

I have come across several disastrous budget kitchen make-overs which are best avoided, or at least approached with extreme caution. One home owner couldn’t afford to replace all thirty or so cabinet doors and drawer fronts in their large kitchen, so instead they purchased half the amount of replacement kitchen doors and drawer fronts in a ‘contrasting’ finish with a view to replace every other door and drawer front, creating a chequered effect of sorts. In reality it just looked a mess, although the ‘designer’ felt it worked, the mishmash of two different shades and two different door designs looked like the whole kitchen was assembled from two job lots of cheap kitchen doors.

Another disastrous kitchen make-over was when the owner decided it would be far more cost effective to paint their existing doors and drawer fronts instead of buying new ones in the colour they wanted. This cost cutting plan works on paper, possibly, but bearing in mind the melamine facing on the existing kitchen doors is non-porous, the paint would struggle to stick to it for any length of time. The reality of this budget make over was flaking white gloss paint covering what was a half decent wood effect door and it looked like they’d spend all of twenty minutes doing the lot. There are limits to home improvements on a budget and this is certainly one of them.

If you really are on a tight budget, you could consider putting a wanted add in the local newspaper in the hope that somebody else has bought replacement doors and want rid of their old ones. You could also try to source second hand or cheap kitchen doors on the internet, however make sure you have a good look before you buy as the pre-drilled hinge holes could be damaged, rendering the door useless. If you are looking to do a kitchen make over on a budget, then shop around for the best deals on new kitchen doors rather than painting them of going for a mix and match effect. It makes perfect sense and will be more cost effective in the long run.

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