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Renovate Kitchen $500

On this type of budget you cannot afford tradesmen so you will need to get into it and DIY!!


Paint is your friend, paint is inexpensive and can give an instant crisp, fresh feel to a tired old grungy kitchen. There are heaps of job specific paints available, ensure you use the right paint for the right job

Tile paint

Use tile paint to freshen up all the kitchen wall tile. White Knight do a gloss tile paint that can be tinted to your choice of colour. (this paint is NOT heat resistant so check how hot it gets behind your hotplate). If it's too hot for tile paint create a stainless steel splash back or perspex splashback from an off cut just for that section and paint the rest.

Laminate paint

Tired old kitchen cupboard doors can be refurbished with a fresh coat of laminate paint (you can also use the tile paint here if you want a gloss finish). There are numerous brands available from your hardware store or paint specialist

Appliance paint

So the fridge is looking a bit old and dodgy and you can't afford a new red Smeg one. Get some appliance paint! You will need to be patient and the secret is prep prep prep, Appliance paint comes in both paint cans and spray cans. Spray cans are quicker but you will need to be vigilant for paint runs (you should get a pretty good finish with 2-3 coats and a light sand in between). Appliance paint rollered onto the appliance will give thicker coverage. You can have a clear coat over the top, one coat will give a satin finish, two coats will create a gloss finish. You can also paint other appliances like ovens and microwaves but these need heat resistant paint.Not really a job for amateurs.

 Youtube video of painting a fridge- easy

Wall paint

You can't go past a fresh coat of paint on the kitchen walls. Light, bright colours are clean and cheerful in a kitchen, contrast colours can be provided by fruit bowls, tea towels, posters, artworks, coloured glass on the window sill.........the options are endless. Paint suppliers for Perth

New kitchen tap

A new kitchen tap doesn't have to cost the earth, and whilst you could spend thousands on a tap, basic new mixer taps are available from about $40 or check out discontinued lines that are on special....ok it won't last forever but you should get a couple of years out of it, and you can put it in yourself. (Get some youtube instructions if you are unsure)

New Cupboard handles

Another quick kitchen moderiser is new cupboard handles. If you already have handles, take one off and measure the distance between the screws (so you don't want to have to patch old holes) or just take the old handle with you so you know the screw holes match on the new ones. There are heaps of inexpensive handles available. Hardware stores have some and ikea has a great inexpensive range

Additional Kitchen Storage

Older kitchens rarely have enough storage. If you have any wall space, get some floating wall shelves. These shelves have hidden fixings and can provide a space for pretty accessories, cook books, spices or anything you want on show. The are available in different lenghs and colours. Checkout the ikea range from $20 each

Resurface the floor

Have a look at your floor..........does it need a bit of help? Timber floors can be painted, concrete can be polished (you can hire a machine) or you can try for an offcut or roll end of vinyl. (vinyl should go on a perfectly flat floor, if you don't have this it will mean that the vinyl will wear unevenly, not ideal, but it will get you through for a year or two). 

Floors get REALLY heavy use, any painted surface will wear, even if you use paving paint. Cheap fixes will only be temporary, but they might just get you through until you can afford your ultimate reno in a year or two.


Replace the old central pendant light with a funky chandelier or lampshade. See online range from Matt Blatt from $50

If you are really creative you could even make your own chandelier (check these out) with a frame from a haberdashery and some bright beads.

Get some strip lighting for your overhead cupboards or task lighting for your work areas, ikea have extendable light kits which just plug in so you don't need an electrician.

Alternatively an uplight is always a great option, they always have a dimmer and give great ambiant light reflected off the ceiling

Window Dressings

Grab a new blind for the kitchen window. It can be a white slatted blind for good light and privacy control, a sunscreen roller blind- this means you can still see out but reduces glare and creates privacy or just grab some off the shelf sheers from a discount outlet like Spotlight, Things or Red Dot- these can be shortened or just looped up with a tie back . Alternatively if you have some fabric on hand that you love, hem it all round, put up a curtain rod and use curtain clips to create a unique curtain for the room- Light weight filmy fabrics work way better than heavy materials.


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