When preparing our last house for sale, we really needed a kitchen makeover. It was old, tired and ripe for replacement. However, it wasn’t so bad that it was worth ripping out and spending £££ on. The doors were oak effect vinyl and a couple of them were starting to peel. The splashbacks were old fashioned and the worktops passable, but nothing to shout about. The kitchen walls, were a neutral off white – which with a north facing room looked very cold. Overall the effect was a bit dark and a bit ‘meh’. Anyone who ever watches TV makeover shows knows that ‘kitchens sell houses’. Well nobody was going to be buying this house for the kitchen!
- Dulux Paint in Jasmine White for the walls, plus Pure Brilliant White matt paint for the ceiling.
- Dulux Satinwood paint for the kitchen cabinets / doors not replaced, plus primer paint (not linked as I don’t recommend what I used!).
- Replacement Kitchen Doors from here
- Peel and Stick tiles – for the backsplash
- Kitchen blind from Blinds-2Go
So what to do with the kitchen? I decided to tackle the simplest thing first; I painted the ceiling and walls. This instantly gave the room a bit of a lift. The ceiling was hideously Artexed and then painted in silk emulsion – so the lumps were shiny! It also clearly hadn’t been painted in years and was yellow in places. There was definitely no budget for replastering, so I gave it a couple of coats of flat matt emulsion. This also helped to tone down the appearance of the Artex a bit. While I was on the ceiling I replaced the harsh spotlights with a set of softer lights that bounced light more evenly around the room. I then painted the walls with Dulux ‘Jasmine White‘ – a creamy off-white that was much warmer than the old colour.
After researching, we realised that it was impossible to match the peeling doors, so we needed to replace them. I found a company that made to measure replacement kitchen doors and ordered doors with the same Shaker design as the existing ones. I went for a nice warm cream coloured door. Happily, I found some satinwood paint in the DIY store, that exactly matched the colour of the new doors. After applying undercoat to help the paint stick, I painted all the undamaged doors and the sides and edges of the cabinets to match. We re-used the door handles to save a bit of money.
The backsplash was one area that had bugged me since we moved in to the house . Most of the tiles were plain, but the tiles above the cooker had a really old fashioned brown squares design. We didn’t want to remove them – as this would be a lot of work when we planned to move house soon. So I had to think of another way.
While browsing on Amazon, I found some amazing ‘Peel and Stick’ tiles. These stick-on tiles are textured and look very real. They are also waterproof. I thought they were worth a try, so I bought a pack. They are amazing! Once on the wall, you wouldn’t know they weren’t real. They turned a pretty old-fashioned looking boring splashback into something much more bright and modern. The other good thing was that once they were on, they stayed on. I worried they might peel once steam and grease from the cooker got to them – but they held firm. To see more on how I tackled the backsplash area see here.
Once the tiles were on, we replaced all the sealant around the splashback – making everything look much cleaner and brighter. The kitchen was now looking 100% better than before:
When setting a house up for viewings, I like to create a ‘vignette’ or focus area in each room to highlight the best features. In this room, there was a huge window looking out of the front of the house. I therefore bought a colourful blind (again in warm reds and pinks) to highlight this feature. It also helped to add a pop of warm colour and personality into the room. An orchid on the windowsill and a pot of herbs in the corner also helped to soften the look and complete the kitchen makeover.
Budget Kitchen Makeover Costs
Overall the kitchen revamp cost about £600. The bulk of this was the cost of the replacement doors. If all the doors had been suitable for painting, we would have done this instead. Whilst not cost free, I think this revamp was worth it. I think viewers would have knocked more than £600 off the asking price if they thought they needed to replace the kitchen immediately. As it turned out, the house received multiple offers and sold for £10k over the asking price. I feel that prepping thoroughly was key in making that happen!
Click here to see details of our latest kitchen renovation in our new house!