The second part of my mini series on Five Ways to Revamp a Room rapidly and this week we’re looking at the kitchen. A mini revamp is a great way to bring in a few changes without breaking the bank (unless you want to of course) and make it all feel a little bit shiny and new.
It’s the same with clothes don’t you find? Suddenly you’re fed up with all those winter jumpers and boots and when you look in the wardrobe for something to ring the changes you have no idea what you wore last summer. But in the same way that a new pair of sandals can revamp a whole outfit – and go with several others – so there are ways you can easily freshen up a room without spending a fortune. Although that option is always there if you want it.
We’re going to start with the kitchen. Because most of us aren’t having a new one and yet, increasingly, this is the room we spend most time in so it’s the one you might want to start with. First up NEW HANDLES.
This is relatively quick and easy and you can spend as much, or almost as little, as you want. Superfront have lots to choose from so you can either find some that fit into the existing holes in your doors or you can get handy with a drill and some filler and change them completely. In every kitchen we have ever had we have started off by changing the handles and painting the doors when we couldn’t afford to replace the worktop or move things around. If you want to get really fancy, and invest a little more, you can replace the doors as well. We have MDF doors on Ikea units with leather handles from Superfront. Take inspiration from the image above and consider removing the doors from wall units, painting or spraying them and create open storage for a contemporary look. As I say – it’s a sliding scale of budget but if you hate your existing kitchen there are things you can do in the interim.
Next up: BRING IN SOME HERBS. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last six months you will know that plants – real or faux are the big thing in interiors at the moment and the kitchen is the perfect place for them. If you haven’t got the floor space for a large plant – and in a small kitchen it might not like all the steam and cooking smells – then use the walls. Which, incidentally is the first rule for small rooms: when you run out of horizontal go vertical. Use the walls as storage and that includes plants. So you can fill a few of these westelm pots with indoor herbs and bring some instant greenery to your space. And if you haven’t any spare wall then don’t forget the ceiling. These Boskke sky planters come in either ceramic or recycled materials and allow you to grow a herb garden on the ceiling.
Another idea, which again you can adjust according to your budget is to CHANGE THE CHAIRS. So, you can invest in a pair of high end design classics that you will love for ever and add to the collection as your finances allow. Or you can just change the whole lot for something new that doesn’t cost the earth and which you can sell on and replace with something else when you are bored.
I found these the other day when wandering round the La Redoute site – it can be tricky to find your way around but there are gems in there if you hunt and they always seem to have offers on. So these are £169 for a pair and there is free delivery at the time of writing.
Number four of our five ways to revamp a room is buy NEW PLATES. Now, realistically, a whole new dinner set is an expensive revamp. I know this because I have been looking for new plates for months and we can’t seem to marry what we like with what we can afford. But, there is a way round this. New dessert plates. This isn’t quite as niche as it sounds. Basically I’m suggesting a set of new side plates that go with what you have already. You can use them for breakfast, pudding, cheese and even the odd lunch time sandwich. You can buy two to just have treats with a friend and use occasionally or you can buy four, eight or six. We have plain white plates already so these ones above by Debbie Carne of Alijoe Designs go really well and mean that I could serve 12 people on a mix of pattern and plain. So it doesn’t have to be an expensive solution. You might want something more colourful – especially if you are only going to use them now and then. I would include in this section treating yourself to new mugs or perhaps a new fruit bowl – the things that are on display and that you use all the time.
Finally and the fifth element (as it were) is new TEA TOWELS. Now this might seem like a boring thing but, let’s be honest. It’s a kitchen. It’s not all cocktail drinking and disco dancing in there. Or perhaps it is, in which case when can I come over? For the rest of us who have to do practical stuff in our kitchens, then it’s about trying to make the drudgework a little more palatable. I’m not saying new tea towels will change your life, but we’ve all got them and we might as well have nice ones. Many kitchens don’t have so-called soft furnishings – rugs, cushions and curtains – so the odd decorative tea towel can do that job. And if it looks pretty so much the better. This one is from Thornback & Peel who have a great collection – some people even frame them and hang them on the wall. My teenagers would definitely be in favour of the drying up cloths being behind glass.
I hope this has given you some ideas for a quick revamp. Do add your own kitchen ideas below. Next week we’ll be looking at another room. I can’t say which because I haven’t decided yet.