Renovating a kitchen on a budget


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

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

5. Wallpaper

A feature piece of wallpaper such as this Sheep paper by Belynda Sharples creates a real talking point within a kitchen.  For a vast range of wallpapers visit I Want

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

At Dotcomgiftshop there are a huge range of wall signs, this is one of our personal favourites which proudly hangs in our kitchen.  For all other kitchen essentials try the AGA Cookshop.

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!

Blush and grey living room


A blush and grey living room is a key colour combination at the moment which creates a calm and relaxing living area.  To achieve this look layer the room with a variety of materials   such as wool, silk, cotton and copper.  This blog post will look at key items available which will give your vintage home this stunning luxurious look.

1. Snowdrop Sofa in Blush £1600 from have created this classic shape sofa in a variety of sizes in this beautiful Blush shade.

2.Ferm LIVING Spear Cushion Large £57 from Cloudberry Living

This striking print cushion is a lovely way to inject some added colour to a blush and grey theme.

3. Dar Dynamo Floor Lamp – Antique Copper £78.76 by Lighting Direct

I have recently discovered Lighting Direct which stock some very unique, stylish lights at bargain prices. This copper floor lamp is no exception with its vintage look.


4.  Glass Hanging Frame in Silver. £9.95 from Dotcomgiftshop.

This stylish glass photo frame has a glass front and back which makes them not only great for photographs but also a creative way to display other memorable keepsakes, like postcards and drawings. Each photo frame is strung with a pretty velvet taupe tie

5.  Painted furniture in Annie Sloan Paris Grey and Antoinette

Both of these colours would compliment this theme and here at Dickson Vintage we can paint you a bespoke piece of furniture using these paints, which could include added details such as stencilling and decoupage.

6. Feysa – hanging light with grey metal shade. £151.90 have a huge range of vintage inspired lights. This particular light has a subtle distressed grey finish which would look stunning in any room.


7. Pappelina Honey Warm Grey/Vanilla Large Rug, £479.00 Cloudberry Living

This design takes inspiration from the cells in a beehive, a very striking and pleasing design.

8. Laura Ashley Josette White/Dove Grey Damask Wallpaper and Chalk Pink Matt Emulsion Paint £32 for 2.5 litres.

This Laura Ashley wallpaper and paint is a great way of dressing your walls and complimenting each other.





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