This was our kitchen when we moved into our house it was very tired looking and was in desperate need of modernising. We couldn’t afford to replace the kitchen so we started our mission to renovate it on a low budget. This article will share with you our kitchen renovating tips
1.Change the layout of your cupboards to accommodate new appliances and replace your worktops.
Appliances can really date a kitchen. In our kitchen we had an old white built in cooker so we removed this and replaced it with a classic range cooker and hood. We removed the built in fridge as it doors opened into the kitchen door and by moving it gave us more kitchen space and made it more accessible. We picked up a new ceramic sink and oak worktops on Ebay which were a fraction of the price of DIY stores saving us over a thousand pounds! Wooden worktops give a fresh look and are very hygienic, use Danish oil to treat wooden worktops to keep them looking new.
2. Add feature lighting
In a kitchen it is essential to zone your lighting with a variety of different styles, for example pendant lighting over your table. Jam Jar lights are a nice feature quirky feature in a kitchen which can be purchased from Lights.co.uk.
3. Changing the tiles and grouting
Our kitchen was covered in cream tiles with white grout which gave the room a dated look. We purchased these white brick tiles (available in many DIY stores) but to give the room a fresher look we used grey grout. Not only does it give the tiles a modern look but it hides the dirt and ageing process of the grout brilliantly! Grout does come in more shades than white, do consider grey and cream too to suit your colour scheme.
4. Paint the cupboards and replace kitchen cupboard handles
Our kitchen cupboards were tired, chipped and scratched and had very dated handles. So we removed all the handles and wood filled the original drilled holes. We wanted to keep the kitchen cream so we used Vintro Paint in Buckingham which is a chalk paint that is thicker than Annie Sloan paint therefore is better designed for painting kitchen cupboards. The cupboards took 3 layers of paint and 3 layers of Annie Sloan lacquer to seal it.
Once the paint and lacquer had been finished the handles were replaced with some modern finger pull and shaker handles which are very fitting in our victorian home. A huge range of choice of kitchen handles can be found at Handles4doors.co.uk
6. Feature furniture
Here at Dickson Vintage we pride ourselves on creating unique bespoke furniture such as a stunning stencilled table or a beautiful Cath Kidston Kitchen shelf. A statement piece of furniture can be a real talking point in your home.
7. Pictures and accessories
8. Sourcing good quality blinds and curtains
Sourcing handmade blinds on Ebay, Etsy or a local seamstress can save you hundreds rather than ordering from a big fabric selling shop.
Our final renovation results are pictured below which includes new appliances, sink, worktops, tiling, freshly painted cupboards and walls and more floor space due to change in layout all done on a tight budget. We are very pleased with the results!