When your kitchen needs refreshing, do you consider the costs and decide against it?

Transforming your kitchen doesn’t have to involve stripping it from the walls and floors and starting over. You can give your kitchen the facelift it deserves inexpensively, and the process can be a lot of fun. Consider these 6 inexpensive materials that can transform your kitchen.

1. Cabinet doors

Your kitchen cabinets are an integral part of your kitchen design. Transforming your cabinetry can make the room look new and revitalised.

Instead of tearing out the cabinets, look to the doors and how you can change them. Cabinet doors are relatively cheap, and if your cabinetry is in good shape, changing the doors can really add some charm whilst still maintaining the strength. Vintage doors with some variety between them can add a boho charm to the room. Shaker style cabinet doors are an inexpensive option and they have a stylish design that continues to be timeless. In general, wooden cabinet doors tend to be cheaper, particularly in plywood.

Still looking for a cabinetry transformation that’s a little more subtle, or a little more cheaper? Change the handles on your cabinetry. You can usually get a pack of 6-10 cabinet handles in a pack in most homeware stores. For something a little more eye-popping, use a variety of crystal, stone or vintage handles.

A dramatic space can also be achieved with cabinets made of unembellished black cabinetry, broken up by the white apron of a farmer’s sink. (c) nakedkitchens.com

2. Paint

Paint is the magical material that can transform the look and feel of your kitchen.

You can buy cheap wooden cabinet doors, and make them your own with a splash of paint. Painting cabinets can be a fun task, because you can choose exactly which colour and shade you want, rather than buying premade ones which might not fit exactly. And even if you don’t want to commit to new doors, put some paint on your existing ones and see how different they can make your kitchen look. Lighter colours tend to be more light-reflecting, whilst deeper, darker tones have more character. If you want something a little more discreet, lightly coat some varnish, for a tinge of colour or shine.

Why not paint a feature wall in your kitchen? Bold colours can stand out well, particularly against darker colours. You might even consider creating a feature wall with some heat and grease-proof wallpaper, which tends to be cheaply available.

You can even go as further as repainting all of the walls in your kitchen. Breathe some air and light into it with some fresh white paint, which can act as a universal shade to suit every other colour. Decide whether your kitchen would be better suited to a cool or warm palette, and go from there.

3. Laminate and more

Countertops can make the kitchen look new, and feel new to use too.

Whilst marble, granite or porcelain might be the dream material to use, it definitely isn’t the cheapest. Laminate countertops, on the other hand, can mimic the look of these expensive stones, without mimicking their cost. They’re available in an array of colours and textures, so you can always find something that’s best for you.

Ceramic tile countertops can also be an interesting transformation to your kitchen, as well as inexpensive. As an alternative, consider porcelain countertops, which can easily be fitted over your existing countertops. They are strong, hygienic, and can reflect light beautifully due to their natural sheen.

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4. Art

Art can be that small, or big, touch that can transform your kitchen.

From hand painting a feature wall, to hand painting some small pictures, you can really transform the look of your kitchen with your own creativity. Get the family together for some fun diy art making, or make art of your family by adorning your kitchen with photos. The kitchen is the heart of the home, after all, so make it look like it.

Create a chalkboard wall in your kitchen. The black wall can serve as gallery of ever-changing art, favourite quotes, and to-do lists. If an entire wall is too much commitment, go for a chalkboard which you can hang and remove as you wish.

5. Floors

Floors are a major part of the kitchen which usually doesn’t get the attention it really deserves.

If your current flooring is looking a little worn down, and isn’t really fitting with the rest of your kitchen design, you can inexpensively and easily change it up. Depending on the style and material, tiles can be an inexpensive way to add some character to your kitchen, whilst still being easy to clean and strong. If you want something that’s a little more simpler to install, so you can do it yourself, try laminate or wood flooring, which can be installed on top of your existing floors.

Floors in natural materials such as hardwood, bamboo or cork are mindful additions of neutral and natural background details. (c) kmldesign.dk

6. Storage

Over the years, it’s easy to collect an array of plates, cups, pots, pans and ingredients. Storing them is different from organising them. Streamlining your storage system, and organising it, can make your kitchen feel transformed.

Take some time to organise your kitchen from top to bottom. Be pedantic, and get rid of things you don’t need. Charities are always looking for kitchen utensils, so if yours is in usable condition and you don’t need it, give it away.

You can make your own organising systems. From partitions in drawers, to shelves and boards, everything can be easily crafted. If you don’t really want to make your own, you can buy drawer, cabinet and kitchen organisers cheaply, and simply fit them in your kitchen.