Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget

Everybody knows that wherever you shop for homewares, designing and installing a new kitchen is never a cheap affair. If you’re craving a new look but don’t fancy dropping a year’s wages, these simple but incredibly effective low-cost tips will make your kitchen look brand new.

1. Shelving

Extra storage is always welcome in a kitchen, whether to keep cookery books, crockery or pots and pans neat and tidy. This season, it’s all about open, painted shelving for a relaxed yet neat look. Putting up a couple of shelves takes an afternoon and makes a world of difference.

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2. Lighting

It’s so easy to add handy and pretty extra lighting to your kitchen with stick on LED lighting strips.

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3. Pots and Pans

Particularly useful for smaller kitchens, hanging an attractive pole or hooks over and around the cooker and sink allows you to keep pots and pans from cluttering up cupboards and keeps them clean, dry and fresh too.

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4. New Lighting

Although not as cheap as some of our other suggestions, a fantastic new and fashionable lighting solution such as a copper or industrial ceiling light will totally change the look of your kitchen.

Light, £247 from Shabby Store

Light, £247 from Shabby Store

5. New Handles

Replacing grubby or outdated cupboard handles for something new and fresh is a great easy way to update your kitchen.

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6. Paint

If you’ve just moved in and seriously hate those dull kitchen cupboards but can’t afford to replace the whole thing, giving your kitchen a careful lick of paint will make waiting for the real thing a lot less of a struggle.

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7. Get Organised

Sort out that messy collection of ancient pasta and half finished spices with clean, fresh and bang on trend clear glass jars. Label up for a highly satisfying experience!

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8. Colour Pop

Neutral kitchens make a great safe base but when it comes to spicing things up, why not get a little bolder and brighter with the accessories? Paint a feature wall, add art or bold and bright lighting for a great refreshing pop of colour.

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9. Ditch the Doors

Sick of ugly dates cupboard doors? Removing them altogether is a surprising way to add fun and interest to your home, creating a cool open cupboard effect which really open up your kitchen.

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10 . Add an Island

Kitchen islands are trendy as well as practical but don’t often come cheap. Look out for vintage tables or desks instead and use as an island for a unique piece in your kitchen.

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