To update a tired kitchen cost-effectively be inspired by this one by Easylife Kitchens and make the island a contrasting colour.

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If the kitchen is white, paint the island an on-trend colour like charcoal or navy. If the cabinets are dark, then paint it white. Paint techniques expert Mary Edwards says, “You can paint any cabinets, including previously painted ones, melamine, wrap and wood.”


1. Wash the cabinets with sugar soap and a scourer.

2. When dry, sand everything well with 220 grit paper.

3. Use a good primer like Plascon Tile and Melamine primer and follow with a water-based enamel applied with small sponge rollers.

4. For lighter colours, use four to five coats and sand between coats with fine 360 grit paper.

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