Most of us love a gourmet kitchen for entertaining, but how can you create a stylish place to prepare your next dinner party when a camp stove looks more inviting than your rundown old kitchen? Here are some simple and cheap ways to transform your old, grungy kitchen in less than 24 hours.

Spruce up your kitchen by firstly replacing the hardware, including your taps and door handles. Stainless steels taps are a great way to add a contemporary look to an aging kitchen.

Add a new tile splashback or paint over your existing tiles in minutes for a great new look for your kitchen.

Add a splash of your favourite colour onto your cupboard doors and bench-tops. It’s now easy to paint over old laminate by preparing the surface first with an adhesive spray. Remember to paint in a semi-gloss finish to resist staining.

A bold splash of colour on a wall, even in a small kitchen, can be a great design statement and will accentuate the freshness of white cabinetry.

Lay some new vinyl on the floor to ensure a clean, fresh look. A black and white checkerboard pattern maximises impact in a classic property, while a neutral vinyl can add space and light to a small galley-style kitchen.

Changing the ceiling lighting can create a whole new look and feel in a kitchen. Consider installing down lights in overhead cupboards to illuminate your bench-tops and accessories. Maximise your lighting’s effectiveness by adding separate dimmers to control general, task and mood lighting.

Make your kitchen appear more welcoming by removing cabinet clutter and by accessorizing with some smart ceramics and oils. Make this even easier by adding order in your kitchen -“ install some open shelving from IKEA. Shelving offers a highly visual way of making a bold design statement with some of your favourite knickknacks.

If you’re lacking bench space, consider the idea of a floating island bench on casters. You can roll it out when you need it and push it back when you don’t.
Install window treatments to help provide a new streamlined look to your kitchen. Wooden Venetians or Roman shades soften a window frame and help to complete your fabulous and affordable kitchen make-over.

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