• Danni Greenough

Paint Don't Purchase - Updating Your Kitchen On A Budget

With interiors and trends ever-changing, it's hard to keep up with current fashion and your lovely kitchen can quickly look a little outdated. Many people shy away from updating anything in their home until they feel they can afford a complete renovation, but we're here to show you that it's easy to change your kitchen colour scheme without needing to spend a fortune. Refreshing the cabinets and surfaces can have a massive visual impact and will make it feel as though you have had a whole new kitchen.

1. Plan your design using mood boards, interiors magazines and online pin boards. See which current trends you like and decide on a final colour scheme.

2. Once you have an idea, look around for materials in both regular DIY stores, interiors shops and bargain shops. Some people have had a lot of success with finding bargains on paint and tools in the most unlikely of places!

3. Start by taking down all of the cupboards and door fronts and remove all of the fixtures, fittings and handles.

(Tip: Use a pencil to write where the door/drawer has come from on the back so you know exactly where it goes after you have finished.)

4. Wipe down everything with a grease remover as paint won't stick to greasy cabinets, then sand down to give the unit a fresh finish ready for paint.

5. It is so important to prime! Not only does it help the paint adhere to the surface without any bubbling or flaking it also helps cover any imperfections. You can use a roller or a paint brush to paint the units but we would recommend if you have used a roller to go over it with a paint brush, as this will get rid of any roller marks giving it a nice neat finish.

6. Finally let everything fully dry out before putting all of the fixings back on and putting the unit fronts back in place.

7. For that finishing touch, update the handles to match your scheme - the smallest details can sometimes make the whole design!

No one will know that you have just given your kitchen a lick of paint rather than a whole renovation - sit back and wait for the compliments!

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