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Budget Kitchen Makeover

Budget Kitchen Makeover

Often first home buyers don’t have a lot of extra money left over for remodeling. Here is an example of a budget kitchen makeover which can provide some basic ideas on how to makeover a kitchen on a very small budget if you are ready to get your hands dirty.

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This kitchen had a coal wet back fire which had burnt though its flue and was dispersing ash throughout the house.

The wall paper was dated and the joinery looked tired but was in a sound condition.

The floor vinyl was dark and as the kitchen was situated on the shady side of the house and never received any sunlight it made the room feel gloomy.

There was not enough bench space and the fridge was in an akward position beside the back door, this also made the room look smaller.

The aim was to lighten the space, make it more bright and cheery, create more bench space, remove the coal fire, and resite the fridge.

This was achieved by removing the floor vinyl and sanding and polyurethaning the existing timber floor boards.

The coal burner was removed and all the ash that went with it! This allowed for more space along this wall and the joinery was moved to make room for the fridge.

The existing wallpaper was removed and replaced with a fine vertical squiggly line textured wallpaper. This has yellow and blue stripes in varying depths of colour. A subtle pattern that would not dominate the space.

Coal wet back fire to be removed, as well as the wallpaper and floor vinyl.

Coal wet back fire to be removed, as well as the wallpaper and floor vinyl.
Removing the vinyl floor, this joinery unit was moved towards the door and space made for the fridge at the other end.

Removing the vinyl floor, this joinery unit was moved towards the door and space made for the fridge at the other end.

To this!

The cupboard doors were removed an the carcase of the joinery was repainted in a dusky blue. This color enhanced the existing timber door fronts and made them look warmer, and worked well with the existing yellow formica bench top.

The ceiling was painted a crisp white as it had been severely discolored by the burnt out flue. New spot lights were added to the ceiling making the space brighter.

This looks brighter and crisper with the new wallpaper and crisp white ceiling.
The new joinery addition, open shelves, wine rack and laminated timber top.

A simple indian cotton blue and yellow check roman blind was made for the kitchen box window to keep in the heat at night.

Overhead cupboards were relocated from the opposite wall and remaid adding a wine rack and open shelves with a new laminated timber top.

All this was done for a minimal price. Most of the work was done by the owners so this meant that they could afford to purchase a new timber bench top.

The largest outlays were the wallpaper, the new timber bench top and the sanding and polyurethaning of the floor.

Kitchen after makeover.
A lot can be achieved with a little imagination.

About the Author – Lee Brown

Lee Brown is the co founder of interiordezine.com, she has worked in the Interior Design Industry for over 23 years, specializing in commercial, hospitality, high end architectural homes and retail design. Over the past 13 years Lee and Chris Brown have been collating their wealth of design knowledge to provide free interior decorating education to the world. Make sure you register for your free ecourse today. Free Interior Decorating eCourse
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