When it comes to giving new life to any part of the house, your mind gets flooded with so many ideas that you don’t know where to start. That is until you think about how much you want to spend. Most people would have to agree that how nice they want their homes to look largely depends on their budget.
Your kitchen, for instance, is one of the most important (if not the most) part of the house. After all, it is the centre of your family’s day-to-day lives. From drinking your coffee as soon as you wake up in the morning to preparing meals and eating in the kitchen — everything just revolves around it.
As such, it’s also one place that often looks the most ‘tired’ out of everything else. After some time, you’d like to give it a new look or perhaps, make it more functional. And if you decide to sell your home, a clean and nice-looking kitchen is sure to score you some points during a house survey.
That said, here are four ways that you can transform your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Compared to wood or laminate, tile flooring is better as it offers water-resistance, cool comfort, and great aesthetics. Not only that, but it’s also cheaper compared to other flooring options. However, a newly-installed tile flooring won’t look brand new forever, especially the grout.
If this is the case, you might want to consider changing the tiles not just on your kitchen floor but also the ones on the walls. The good news is that there are many different tiling ideas that you can get inspiration from for your kitchen. You don’t even have to spend much when shopping for tiles.
Best of all, you don’t necessarily have to go through the hassle of ripping out the original tiles since you can just put the new tiles on top of the old ones. Going this route is an excellent option since it will save you a lot of time and money too. However, this will slightly raise the floor level and is not advisable if you suspect the floor panels underneath to be loose, rotten, or has mould.
Make your kitchen energy-efficient
If you have a garden and you are into composting, you’re on the right path. It’s the perfect way to take care of kitchen scraps, lessen waste, and reduce your kitchen’s carbon footprint. But, you can actually take things to the next level by making your kitchen more energy-efficient.
There are a few ways that you can go about this, and one of them is by using lightings made of LED (light-emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent lamp). Simple practices will also go a long way and will make your kitchen truly energy-efficient. For example:
- Use lids when cooking to trap heat to allow food to be cooked faster. Also, take advantage of slow cookers as they use significantly less energy.
- Position your fridge away from direct sources of heat and see to it that you let the food cool down before putting them inside. This will make your fridge work less as hard than when the food is still warm.
- Avoid using excessive amounts of water in the kitchen.
- Consider growing your food like veggies, herbs, and fruits.
- Consume local meat as opposed to those bought from supermarkets. The meats from supermarkets had to travel long distances which made use of fossil fuels while emitting CO2 into the atmosphere.
- Replace old and power-hungry appliances with those that have energy efficient labels on them. This will cost you in the beginning; however, these appliances would have paid for themselves in just a few years since they’ll save you a lot on your utilities.
Organise your kitchen
The kitchen is one area of the house that can be really chaotic especially during the holidays and other special occasions. However, decluttering and maximising the available space that you have in the kitchen is actually an excellent way to transform it. And the bonus? It’s free!
Go over your kitchen and clear the counter of anything that you don’t or barely use. Remember those ‘awesome’ kitchen appliances you bought because you saw them on TV that you only used once or twice? Put them inside cabinets or the utility room if you don’t want to dispose of them.
Plan meals so you avoid overstocking on food. You don’t want your cupboards to appear like they’re going to explode anytime soon because of dried fruits, nuts, or whatever. Instead, keep them in plastic bottles with lids so they stay fresh. Needless to stay, buy only what you need when you are in the groceries even if it means frequent visits.
Do these things, and you’ll be amazed at how clean and organised your kitchen can be.
Replace the old with the new
This one is as straightforward as it is — replace old items in the kitchen with new ones. However, doing so doesn’t have to cost you a lot. Here are different ways on how to do it.
- Breathe new life into your cabinets by giving them a fresh lick of paint. Paint is very cheap and is even an easy DIY project.
- Replace your existing worktops and when you do, go with laminate worktops as they’re the most affordable.
- If you’re getting bored when in the kitchen, it’s probably a good idea to create a feature wall. Wallpaper is very inexpensive but very effective in adding colour to an old and dull kitchen.
- Replace your cabinet doors and handles especially if they’re already broken. Add a twist to it by doing some matchy-matchy.
- Use new fabrics for the cushions on your old seats, blinds, tablecloths, etc.
- Don’t forget to paint the walls too.
- Use scented tea lights and fill your kitchen with a delicious fragrance.
- Personalise your decors by framing your favourite photograph.
- As simple as it may be, having a vase with fresh flowers in the kitchen can make a big difference.
- If you don’t want to replace your tile flooring, whitening the tile grout with a white pen should do the trick for the meantime.
- Use WD40 to lubricate door, cupboard, and cabinet hinges so they won’t annoyingly squeak.
- Cracks and plaster on wood can be dealt with by using a multi-purpose filler.
- Rearrange the positions of chairs and table to give your kitchen a new look. You can also introduce a seating area if there isn’t one yet.
- Change the splashback that protects your kitchen walls. Glass and stainless steel are great, but they are expensive so opt for tiles instead. Just be sure to regularly clean the grout to prevent mould and mildew from building up.
- Install a ceiling rack especially if you’re short on kitchen space.
And that’s a wrap for this guide on how you can transform your kitchen while staying within your budget. Feel free to explore other options especially those that weren’t listed here. Keep your kitchen the heart and soul of your home, and continue doing wh
at you do best — preparing healthy and delicious meals for the family.