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Are you interested in updating your kitchen, but cannot afford to complete a full-on makeover? Fortunately, there are dozens of ways that you can add aesthetic value and convenience to your current kitchen without having to re-mortgage the house. With that in mind, here are a few affordable kitchen makeover ideas that you can use in your house or apartment: 

  • Give the cabinets a new coat. 

Of paint, that is. This is one of the simplest, but most effective, ways to spruce up a kitchen¬—or bathroom, for that matter. A fresh coat of paint can give a room a completely no look and feel, and certainly injects a bit of youthful vibrancy into an ageing interior. Painting the cabinets gives you a chance to play with contrast or add a new shade or element to your motif. Do yourself a favour and use a washable finish. It will make cleaning up after cooking a lot easier in the future. 

  • Let go of your old sink.

Not that you were necessarily fond of it to begin with. However, it’s easy to grow comfortable with an outdated sink that’s past its prime. When it comes to sinks, trends come and go – apron-front farmhouse sinks, glass bowl sinks with fancy faucets and more. However, this year’s big trend in sinks is likely to become next year’s afterthought. With that in mind, go with a sharp-looking stainless steel model with an elegant, curved faucet. Sinks like this look great for years and are easy to keep clean. 

  • Dress it up with fancy fixtures.

You may have heard that accessories make the outfit. The same holds true for your kitchen. In this case, ‘accessories’ refer to fixtures and fittings rather than jewellery, handbags and cufflinks. Shiny and stylish handles and hinges can work wonders for older cabinets, and installing a set isn’t going to put much of a dent in your budget. Likewise, crown moulding around the top of your cabinetry can lend a bespoke look to what was otherwise a stock installation. 

  • Give your fridge that ‘built-in’ look. 

This is a subtle but savvy hack that can give your kitchen an extra dose of style. Ideally, you’ll want to have a refrigerator that’s as deep as your cabinets. If the refrigerator doesn’t fit neatly into the space between cabinets (i.e. there’s extra space on either side), you can use panels to frame the fridge. This gives it a sleek, built-in look. House guests will think you sprang for a custom fitted refrigerator when you originally built the kitchen. 

The above ideas are by no means comprehensive, but they should give you a sense of how to give your kitchen a cosmetic makeover. A great-looking kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive. Instead, all it requires is a bit of thoughtful – even artful ¬– consideration. And remember: the most eye-catching kitchens are often the most elegantly simple. A less-is-more approach applies as much to your kitchen’s design considerations as to your wallet. 


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