Quick fixes

 Quick Fixes

By Laura Hall


Remodelling a kitchen can potentially be the most expensive aspect of home renovations, especially when appliances are moved from their original positions.
But updating the heart of the home does not need to cost the earth. There are many inexpensive, quick DIY solutions to revitalise any kitchen from drab to fab. Here are a few ideas to help kick off your kitchen overhaul.

Replacing kitchen cabinet handles can lift and update older kitchen cabinetry making them look 10 years younger. With an endless choice of handles on the market you can easily find the perfect handles to suit your design.

Go modern and sleek with stainless steel or add a pop of colour with something a little bit different. Just watch out for the cost, the price can quickly escalate when you are buying a large number of handles.

The simple addition of a new kitchen tap can work wonders to modernise a kitchen. Kitchen tapware design has changed dramatically during the last 10 years and so a new tap is guaranteed to have an impact. Replacing your old tap is a cost effective alternative to replacing the entire sink and gives the appearance the sink and drain board is brand new.

Refinish kitchen cabinets
Refinishing kitchen cabinetry is an easy DIY project that will deliver maximum impact. Wooden cabinets can be sanded down and re-stained to give them a new lease of life.

Or alternately paint them in a semi-gloss latex paint to create a whole new look. Why not try a vibrant, bold colour like tomato red or brilliant yellow; these hues are super hot for 2014/2015.

Replace the benchtop
A little bit of renovation know-how is needed for this kitchen update, but if it can pulled off successfully it can add years to a kitchen’s life-span. The benchtop is one of the largest, most visible components of any kitchen and can make a big impact to the overall look of the area. Laminate benchtops are usually the most cost effective option and come in a range of colours and styles to suit any design.

Stone, granite, stainless steel and timber benchtops are also popular choices and while they can cost more, the end result may prove worth the cost.

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