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Simple tricks to refresh a kitchen

Add the wow factor without breaking the bank.

Azal Khan

Digital Journalist, Your Money

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Is your kitchen looking a little tired, but don’t have thousands of dollars to splash out on a new one?

Renovating for Profit’s Cherie Barber and interior design guru and Auction Day co-host James Treble showed Your Money Live how you can easily refresh your kitchen without the price tag.

Your Money Live viewer Megan needed tips to improve her dated kitchen.

To improve this dated timber kitchen, Barber said the paintbrush is mightier than the sledgehammer in this situation.

Barber says gutting a kitchen can cost thousands of dollars alone so she is better off painting over the tiles and cabinetry for a uniform and modern look.

Using White Knight tile and laminate paint over the bench top, cabinets and tiles is a surefire way to refresh this timber kitchen.

If you have a higher budget, the cabinet doors can be replaced with new panels.

“That will skin the front of that kitchen and that will cost about $2000 to $3000 to get the cabinets doors made and probably another $1000 to get a carpenter to put them on,” Barber said.

“What she should do is knock out the old stove and a few of those cupboards and just continue it right along.

Overhead cabinets would increase the cabinetry size of the kitchen. It would make a world of difference.”

Treble says cosmetic changes like changing the handles to the cabinetry from the “cheap looking” plastic D-frame handles to new ones can give the kitchen a high end look.

“You could look at painting the walls, maybe pick up the colour of the splash back, then you’ll get contrast in a different way.

“Because the kitchen looks quite white, so you can get darker walls to get more zing to the kitchen.”

Barber renovated a similar looking kitchen on a tight budget and created a simple white design to make it look like a kitchen straight out of an interior design magazine.

Continue this theme in the laundry and refresh the benchtops and walls to create an inviting space.

Treble uses a contrast and texture in his kitchens and bathrooms to create drama and impact without going overboard.

Using a rectangular black tile laid in various patterns like herringbone or subway is a cost effective ways to add a wow factor.

“I love designing laundries because it’s unexpected.”

A laundry designed by James Treble using black subway tiles and timber finishes for contrast.

You can be bold and add drama to your rooms without worrying the design will date, Treble said.

“There is strong contrast but no pinks, purples, oranges or reds.

“So the colours are really toned down and it’s the contrast that’s important.”

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