Updating a kitchen on a budget

My kitchen needs a little makeover. It’s not that old or dated. I painted the walls a couple of years ago in taupe. But I want to incorporate the kitchen, visually,  into the rest of the house. So I’m making small changes which will refresh the room with new colours, textures and surfaces.

For start I’m happy with my kitchen cabinets. They are solid wood, no MDF apart from the inside shelves, which I don’t mind. I would be a fool replacing my solid door with some laminate. I see people do that a lot. Why would you want to replace quality solid wood for some cheap laminate imitating real wood? It doesn’t make sense. Anyway. My plan is to replace the existing window treatment with a bespoke roman blind in this super cool lime geometric pattern. A new rug and a new wallpaper which go on one wall will help to make the scheme more cohesive. The biggest expenditure I’m planning to do is to replace my splashback tiles. They are really dated! Supposed to imitate a sandstone, sort of beige and cream colour. Which can be quite modern but because they are ceramic, they look cheap. I will write another post about tiles soon but in the meantime never buy ceramic tiles imitating any marbles, stones or precious stones. You need to go for porcelain! Ceramic tiles have completely different characteristics than porcelain which is now so advanced that you can print any detail on it and make it like the real thing.

Anyway. Here are the new things coming in. A rug, new fabric, wallpaper, splashback tiles, hardware and ceiling pendant.

Kitchen makeover products

I’m replacing the tiles with Italian calacatta marble porcelain tiles in polished finish. The hardware will be replaced with these brass handles and to mix the metals a bit I went for this steel framed pendant with crystals inside. It will go over our bar table as a statement lighting feature. And that’s it. Stay tuned for the before and after pics.

Karolina Barnes



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