Do you ever look at your kitchen and just think….ughhhhh!….it’s looking so shabby! Well, it’s something I have been feeling for the best part of two years. The floors were all scratched, everything looked dark and murky, and seeing as the kitchen is my second office (you can read about my blogging space here), a kitchen facelift was looking like it was next on the agenda in our household.
Now, we have a limited budget for this. Although I’d love to get a whole new kitchen from the likes of Kitchen Warehouse right now it would be hard to justify as there is nothing wrong with our kitchen per se...it was just looking a bit tired; but it was definitely screaming kitchen facelift at us. Here is how we plan to freshen up our kitchen:
Revarnishing the floors
We realised that getting new floors was just totally unnecessary (and very expensive relatively speaking!) when the wood we had down on our floors was perfectly fine. It’s just they had a nasty dark varnish on them which made everything look depressing! So we called in the guys at Pro Floor ReStore who were recommended to us by our plumber.
I finally convinced Mr C that we should have our floors sanded back then whitewashed and I can not tell you the difference it has made. Quite frankly it’s the best kitchen facelift ever and was totally DUST FREE. Our kitchen looks new, lighter and much bigger and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. I would definitely recommend this as your first port of call for a kitchen facelift if you have wood floors in your kitchen. Here’s what our floors looks like now (sorry I don’t have a before pic!)….nice eh?
Scrubbing up surfaces
Again, our wood worktops were starting to look tired and worn down. If the floors are anything to go by, then a sand down and re-varnish will make our counter tops pop again – I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
Bringing in some light
At the moment, we are saving up to get a Velux window put in but of course…those can be expensive! So in the meantime, we have been looking at other ways to bring in light into what is a very dark North facing kitchen. Our strategy for this part of the kitchen facelift is to install under cabinet lighting. Amazingly these can be bought on Amazon and are not as expensive or hard to install as you think – no drilling involved. We’ve put one in so far and the difference to the look and feel of the kitchen is immense!
Re-tiling those splashbacks
A good tile can either make or break a kitchen. To say we hate the kitchen tiles put in by the previous owners of the house is an understatement. They are a dull grey and feel depressing just to look at. We plan to re-tile with white glossy Metro tiles to bring in that “brand new” feeling to the walls, and help add to that sense of light we so desperately crave in our kitchen!
So there you have it…our plan of a mini-kitchen facelift which is now in progress. I think the next phase may involve getting some new kitchen units but that’s further on down the line from here. A kitchen facelift doesn’t have to be a huge project, or cost the earth, but can make all the difference.
Do you feel like your kitchen could do with a facelift? Have you thought about any of the above to try and give it a refresh? Do share in a comment below.
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