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Hassle-free kitchen revamp ideas

Want to refresh your kitchen but without the cost and work of a major renovation?

When it comes to kitchen makeovers, it's easy to fall down the bunny rabbit hole of the magnificent imagery and perfectly styled kitchens that cover Pinterest and Instagram. Reality, however, paints a far different scenario, with sweat, hard work and, more often than not, tears going into completing a kitchen project.

These projects can be not only expensive but also time consuming. So how can you make the heart of your home flourish with as little effort and money as possible? You can still make the most of your space and achieve a cost effective kitchen facelift, and here, we show you exactly how.

1. Update kitchen cabinet doors

If your kitchen cabinet is still in good condition there are many ways in which you can spice up the look and inject some style with a pop of colour and texture. Whilst replacing kitchen door fronts is one way to go about it, if you're looking to keep the cost down even more, you could opt for a quick paint job, meaning you can promptly transition from suburban casual to modern and sleek in no time at all. These are your options:

A) Painting the doors

If you've got wooden doors, it's important to use a prime kitchen company that has the experience to deliver a perfect finish. Stay away from putting a lacquer on the doors as these generally tend to blow out in a matter of 5 years or less.

B) Using plastic heat wraps

One of the most popular ways of finishing the doors. This surface is easy to wipe clean and peel off if you want to update the look often.

C) Change the door handles

If you'd love to add life to the doors, simply updating the handles is a sure fire way to make a big impact with the smallest change.

Wow Factor Worktops

Striking worktops can make or break a kitchen so be sure to have one that complements your design for the ultimate style statement. Although new worktops can be costly, changing just this one element can make it look as though you've had your whole kitchen renovated.

Tip: Dispose of your worktops responsibly. By using Kavanagh Kitchens, you can have your waste removed from your house and disposed of responsibly so you can enjoy your new kitchen as soon as you've finished the updates, with no need to worry about waste.

3. Treat Yourself to New Tiles

Tiles are a great way to personalize a kitchen to reflect your style and personality. Whether you go for a completely new look or just focus on the splashback, you can put a finishing touch to the scheme whether that be geometric, wood effect or neutrals.

Large-scale kitchen renovation

Decided that a small revamp doesn't fulfill your requirements? If you're biting the bullet and have decided on a large scale renovation, there are a few things to consider before starting the process.

To achieve your new dream kitchen you'll need to be organised and plan ahead – and remember to research the costs and all options so that you are fully aware of how much you are looking to spend.

Where to Start

Decide on what style you want by finding inspiration on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram etc. When you know what you want, see how feasible it is in your space and don't forget to consider the working triangle – this is the distance between your fridge, sink and hob/oven. It's often overlooked but a well-placed working triangle makes it easier to navigate around your kitchen when cooking.

Next, consider fixings and appliances and roughly how long it will take to install the new kitchen. When you've got this, break each task up in terms of time and costs, so you can keep track of your budget and how long things will take.

Be patient with a kitchen renovation as pulling out your existing kitchen carcass can be quick, but it may not be such smooth sailing rebuilding it, as it's easy to run into issues with plug sockets, deliveries and materials.

Tip: Don't forget to prep meals in advance for when your kitchen is out of action.

For more tips on how to improve your kitchen or give it the make over it deserves, contact the team in Auckland at

022 546 9144



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