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Thursday, 23 May 2019

HOME // A Colourful Kitchen On The Cheap


If you've ever tried to renovate or redecorate your kitchen, you'll know that it can be one of the most expensive rooms in a house to do. All those built-in units, appliances, and white good to deal with, and that's before you even get to the floors, walls and other decorative bits! When I moved into the cottage, I had a really tiny budget to work with when it came to installing an entire fully functioning kitchen - and today I'm going to share some workarounds that can help you create the kitchen of your dreams, a super colourful one in this case, without spending a fortune.

Get the basics right. 
Before you can start to decorate your kitchen space, you really need to get your basics sorted. This means that you need your sink picked out and plumbed in, as well as all the all appliances and white goods you will need. These items usually cost the most when it comes to budgeting for a new kitchen space, and that's why it's crucial to look for things like fridge freezer sales that can help you get the pieces you want and save you some money too. After all.... the more you save on the basics, the more you have to spend on the fun stuff!

Try freestanding units. 
Something I did to save money when fitting my kitchen was to buy freestanding units rather than a traditional, fully fitted kitchen. Even new these often work out cheaper than a built in kitchen, but if the cost is a priority then going for vintage and retro preloved pieces can save you a fortune. Older pieces often don't come in the best condition, but this does provide you with the perfect excuse to paint such units a range of gorgeous colours and really make your mark on your kitchen (and save money at the same time).

DIY your textiles. 
I actually can't believe how much a decent tea towel in a funky design cost these days! It's crazy, and that's without getting coordinating oven gloves, curtains, or blinds and the like. Its a good job I'm a fan of mis-matched fabrics in the kitchen, and I'm not fussed about getting involved in a bit of DIY either. Making your own tea towels out of fabric scraps or vintage material is something I've done in the past and is much easier than you'd imagine, especially if you have access to a sewing machine (which I don't!!).

 

Thrift your decorative items.
Last but my no means least, when it comes to decorative items in the kitchen, there are two ways to save money.... firstly, buy practical items that are also decorative, so they fulfil a dual purpose while you only pay out once. Secondly, if you can get to a car boot sale, charity shop, or vintage store / junk shop to get these items, you can save a considerable amount of what they would cost new. Vintage pieces are often super colourful too, so they're a great way to inject a bit of personality into your kitchen. My favourite old stoneware jug came from a junk shop and only cost me 20p! The best thing about buying vintage is that they are likely to be one of a kind and there's very little chance of you seeing the same bits and pieces anywhere else!

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