Renovation plans at the Love Chic Living abode are going well. The living room is complete, the dining/den room is about to be started and plans for the kitchen are underway. Suffice to say this is all costing plenty of pounds, and we’re trying to save costs wherever we can. BUT I still want it all to look beautiful and good quality. Who wouldn’t right? It’s the kitchen that’s causing some headaches. We can’t afford a full renovation, but the space is over 13 years old now and needs some serious attention. How do you create a luxury kitchen on a budget? Well read on to discover some of the ways I’ll be achieving this.
Buy Second Hand:
I’ve discovered the amazing site of Used Kitchen Exchange, where kitchen owners liaise with the company who then help them sell their kitchen. UKE offer this service, either by advertising the kitchen on their site and selling directly to a new owner, or by selling your kitchen to UKE direct. An evaluator will come and value your kitchen to begin the process, and expert removers will professionally remove your kitchen, package it up and deliver to the new owner when sold. Very often, kitchens are removed before their time to make way for renovations, or new home owners have different tastes to the previous. Either way there is often plenty of life left in a removed kitchen and it would be a shame to see it go to landfill.
Images: Courtesy of the Used Kitchen Exchange.
So what better way to do your bit for the environment and save money than to invest in a second hand kitchen. I’m honestly blown away by the kitchens on offer by UKE, and this is definitely one of the best ways I can see to get your hands on a luxury kitchen for a fraction of the original price.
Painting your Cabinets:
Image: House and Garden
Quite often, and certainly in my case, the layout of the kitchen is perfect. It works well as a functioning kitchen and there’s not much you’d change about it, aside from modernising and adding a few new clever touches. So how do you go about updating it with a stylish new, luxurious finish. Painting the cabinets and doors may not have always been at the top of the list, but with the changes in paint technologies in recent years, the completed look and finish is often far superior to more budget kitchens and supersedes many kitchen looks on the market.
Don’t tackle this if DIY isn’t your thing. It’s painstaking, laborious work and needs careful attention to detail to achieve the finish you’re after. Definitely one for the professionals.
Creating a luxury kitchen on a budget isn’t difficult if you use your imagination and are prepared to a lot of the leg work yourself. Don’t always take yourself off to the nearest kitchen showroom and invest in the first one you see.
Image: Heart Home Mag
Do your research. Find styles and looks you want to achieve, creating a moodboard or Pinterest board to help you hone your decisions. Then take your research and source products from creative suppliers. Use small businesses that make their own worktops, fashion kitchen handles, or create cupboard doors. Put this altogether to create a beautiful kitchen on a budget, that looks stunning and oozes personality and unique features. No-one else will have your kitchen. Not only will it be good value, it will be one of a kind.
So there you have 3 of my tips for creating a luxury kitchen on a budget. What are yours?