7 Easy kitchen updates

Last updated on 11 September 2017

Outdated kitchen? Here’s how you can give the heart of your home a brand-new look – without breaking the bank

1. Paint the cabinets

“Whether you’re stuck with outdated melamine or an orangey-brown wood, paint is an affordable alternative to replacing cabinetry, says Dave Botha, paint buyer for Builders Warehouse.

2. Fit new splashbacks

Splashbacks

“Any type of continuous material can be used as splashbacks,” says Charlene le Roux, national training manager at Easylife Kitchens. “Both glass and stone are hygienic and easy to clean, and available in a wide range of colours.”

3. Upgrade the lighting

Lighting

Brenda Hart of eightynine Interior Design recommends hanging pendants above the island. “This is an attractive way to focus attention on it and add good light where you need it.

4. Add floating shelves

Floating-shelves

Show off beautiful kitchenware and collectables on floating shelves, advise Carien van Eeden and Lizette Sevenster of Renaissance-Revival Interiors.

5. Add a chalkboard

Chalkboard

“A chalkboard is not only handy, but also makes an attractive focal point,” says Brenda Hart of eightynine Interior Design.

6. Replace the cabinet doors

Replace-doors

“If your dated kitchen cabinets are still in good condition, there’s no need to rip them out – just replace the doors,” says Charlene le Roux of Easylife Kitchens.

7. Lay new flooring

Flooring
For wooden floors, Tara Vadas of Bestwood Flooring recommends hardwoods such as French white oak. “Choose a sealant with a maintenance regime that suits your lifestyle,” she adds.

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