3 ways to give your kitchen an affordable facelift

Most of my kitchen clients assume that revamping their kitchen cabinets always means demolishing the lot and starting from a blank canvas, but this isn’t always the case.

Here are 3 ways I like to help clients save some $$ yet still end up with a fresh, stylish and functional new kitchen.

1. Retain the carcase and replace the cabinet doors, drawers, knobs/handles, splashback, benchtop and kickboards. Unless the carcase (the base) of the kitchen is rotting away or the layout is being changed then often some – if not the entire carcase – can remain, potentially saving you a few thousand dollars.

2. For tired-looking timber doors you can have them professionally painted in 2-pak paint. It’s incredible how much this lightens the room, particularly when the doors are repainted white for that Provincial French look. And with the money you save on the doors and carcase you could add some more above head cabinets and perhaps an island bench.

3. Drawers behind the doors, great to reduce the pressure on the lower back… and the back pocket. The traditional kitchen featured mostly doors, apart from the cutlery, linen and bits’n’pieces drawers. So why not be a little nicer to your back and install drawers behind these doors? At the same time you could give to your doors a lift with new knobs or handles. Here you save the money in not paying for new drawer fronts if removing the doors entirely. Here’s to a new kitchen!

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