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Modernising your kitchen on a budget

Tired of that 90s kitchen aesthetic?  So are we.  While some aspects of the 90s are to be treasured, it’s best to leave gaudy laminate and overbearing oak in the past. We recognise that a full kitchen remodel is expensive, and not always an option.  So, what if we told you it’s not always necessary, and sometimes simple fixes go a long way in achieving a modern look. For our readers with older houses wanting a fresher modern look on a budget – this post is for you.


Whilst wooden cupboards can be lovely, too much wood easily overwhelms a room.  An easy way of giving an older kitchen a more modern look is to paint the cupboards.  Another great tip is to replace handles for something more modern.

 If the overall style of your cupboards feels too outdated to save, consider replacing just the doors if the framework is still in good shape.  This is a lot cheaper than replacing the cupboards altogether.

Pictured: “I didn’t want to spend a lot of money doing a full kitchen remodel, so John helped me update the kitchen on a budget.  We added some new cupboards and repainted it, so it looks like a fresh kitchen. I am thrilled with that,” says Susan.


Changing your kitchen worktops is another great way to revitalise the space, and breath fresh life into your kitchen.  Despite what the 90s may have you believe, laminate does not have to be gaudy or kitsch, and is an incredibly cost-effective option.  Do try to avoid anything that is too extreme, as there is already a lot of activity going on in the kitchen and you don’t want it to seem even busier.

We also suggest setting aside a day to sort out kitchen cupboards, and clear worktops.  It is tedious, we know, but clearing your worktops can also instantly improve your kitchen and it won’t cost you anything at all. While you are at it, try rethinking storage solutions. Put up extra shelves and hanging rails to make use of every available space.


Light fittings are another easy way to update your kitchen’s look and feel.  Ditch the office-like fluorescent light! We highly recommend installing task lights, such as spotlights, over the worktops, and using an overhead ambient light in the dining area of your kitchen. This way you get the best of both worlds.

We hope these tips and ideas are helpful, and that they assist you to breathing some new life into your kitchen.  Of course, our expert contractors are just a call click away, so don’t hesitate to book one now.

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