DIY Tips

Replacing your kitchen can seem a costly, lengthy and disruptive process. You must remember though, a nice kitchen will add value to your property, make your home instantly more sellable and - perhaps most importantly - become the room you spend most of your time in. Surely that’s an investment worth making?

Gutting the room and starting from scratch is a great way to create your dream kitchen, but only if you have the cash and are prepared for the upheaval. If this isn’t an option, there are easier and less expensive ways to update your kitchen.

The starting point is repainting the walls, ceiling and woodwork. A new colour can make a big difference, especially if the existing paintwork is tatty. For the walls and ceiling, use a kitchen and bathroom emulsion.

If repainting alone isn’t enough, then new tiles, flooring and worktops can transform the kitchen without breaking the bank. Providing the units are in reasonable condition, you can keep them and just change the doors for different ones (or paint the existing ones). With any luck, they’ll be a standard size, so it’s simply a case of swapping them in. If they’re not a standard size, you can make new doors yourselfor get them made by a joiner or online kitchen and wardrobe door company.

Sometimes you have no choice but to replace the units, especially if you want a different layout. Takeaway kitchen units, which are available off-the-shelf in DIY stores, tend to be the cheapest. Some come complete with doors and handles, while others are just the base or wall unit.