Kitchen makeover: our advice
Anne, Painter, Cambridge25 guides
Here are ideas, tips and suggestions to get your dream kitchen at a low price. Whether you are going for a retro, modern or home-style decor, you'll need our advice on customising your kitchen furniture and accomplishing your kitchen makeover, all on a small budget. Be it paint, stickers or work tops: this guide is packed with decor tips and other elements to get you through it!
- Polished concrete
- New materials
How to spruce up your kitchen
A makeover for every kitchen element
- The application of paint;
- The installation of stickers;
- The use of wallpaper;
- The replacement of handles and knobs;
- The re-organisation of the furniture layout.
Repainting your kitchen: new colors, new atmosphere
With modern technology, it is now possible to repaint almost any surface with specially designed paints, albeit by following a certain methodology:
- Always start with a good leaching. Leave time for the product to act, several minutes, then rinse several times with clean water. This operation is crucial as it eliminates grease and facilitates the paint's grip;
- Buff the pieces, following the grain direction (for wooden doors) with a thin sheet of glass paper (No. 120 grain) to increase the paint's adhesive qualities. For varnished pieces or when treated with a special product, such as formica or laminate, using a specially designed undercoat like plastic or tile primer is crucial for optimizing the adhesion of your paint;
- Apply a first coat of paint using a paint brush and a roller and make sure that the paint is nice and even; it must be spread consistently and not be overloaded. Depending on the selected paint, be sure to leave an appropriate amount of drying time before applying the second coat;
- Apply a finishing varnish to protect the paint and facilitate its future maintenance.
For any clever birds who prefer to get it done quickly, well and without putting in too much effort, there is an alternative: the direct application of paint. It doesn't require sanding, or any other any preparatory work, but it is a little more expensive and limited in the availability of colors. Paint can be directly applied to everything from kitchen units to the tiled floor, the credenza or the worktop.
Customising your furniture: choosing the right paint
Any tools used with this paint should be cleaned exclusively with paint thinner (White Spirit). Gloves are highly recommended to protect your hands and a protective mask does the same from fumes and VOCs.
Stickers: sticking is decorating
They are easy to use - simply apply the adhesive on the surface and cut away any excess with a cutter. Their price varies according to their quality, thickness and the size of the roll.
If the sides of your kitchen furniture are smooth, adding colorful or patterned wallpaper will bring that extra touch of style that just seems to be missing!
Wallpaper make-over: retro and romantic appeal all rolled into one
A hardy layer of transparent protective varnish - to be able to clean your furniture without damaging the wallpaper - and it's done! For any furniture with moldings, the wallpaper can be applied directly on the larger sides for a retro or romantic effect.
Handles and door knobs: the decorative detail that makes a big difference
It's a small detail that can make a big difference! Wether it is a metal, aluminum or stainless steel handle for an ultra-modern effect, a decorative knob for a bohemian, retro or romantic decor, or a light wooden handle (generally beech) for that log cabin look, installing stylish furniture handles is the final touch to complete the your kitchen's decor.
For an unique and personalized accessory from start to tip, unleash your creativity by designing your own original handles from recycled items items - kitchen cutlery, toys, etc.
Rethinking the furniture layout
Work top makeover: 4 methods you should know
Do you have an old work top that is so worn down that you're sick of seeing it? Not to worry! We have a few ingenious solutions that will allow you to revamp the work top without taking on another massive DIY project!
Degrease and sand the surface with glass paper (coarse grit).
Apply the primer to the roller (usually sold as a kit) then apply 2 thin layers of the polished concrete using a trowel or spatula. Finally, apply a protective wax. This is by far the most efficient method for obtaining a modern appeal with a long-lasting effect!
Aluminum plate, decorative glass, zinc and laminate
Dress up your credence
You can put the same tips that were used for the work top to work, but for a kitchen credence makeover!
Painting, finishing resin, polished concrete are all valid options, with the exception when applying it on splashback tiling. Splashbacks require specially designed tiling stickers or if you have a credence with neutral colors (white, beige etc), a few of the tiles - often of standard size - can be replaced with new patterned, colorful or seasonal tiles!
Kitchen Makeovers: tackling walls and functionality
The makeover doesn't stop with the kitchen units! Spruce up your walls with bright, colorful paint such as fuchsia, green, lemon yellow for a lively, energetic kitchen, the often championed trio of red/gray/white for a sharp, modern style or warm shades for a cozy and intimate atmostphere (brown, taupe, khaki...).
For those looking to optimize a kitchen, or simply get some more ideas on how to spruce it up, follow the links below for kitchen-related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
- How to choose your fitted kitchen?
- How to create an open kitchen?
- How to choose your work top?
- How to choose your wall and ceiling paint?
- How to choose your bathroom and kitchen paint?
- How to choose your paint, primer and undercoat?
- How to choose your wax polish and accessories?
- How to choose your wood care products?
- How to choose your paint brush?
- How to choose your paint roller?
- How to choose your abrasive and sand paper?
- How to choose your sander?
- How to choose your floors?
- How to choose your hard wood floors?
- How to choose your interior floor tiles?
- How to choose your credence?
- How to choose your sink?
- How to choose your kitchen faucet?
- How to choose your extractor hood?
- How to choose your interior lights?
- How to choose your interior spot lights?
- How to choose your protective gloves?
- How to choose your respiratory protection?
Anne, Painter, Cambridge 25 guides écrits
After 8 years of trade, I turned professional: I trained myself to be a painter and carpet layer either solo or with 16 years old comrades. 9 months later, following vocational school, my registration in Trades Directory, and the label ‘Artisan’ in hand, I created my company. And since then, I don’t even touch my brushes.
I’m a self-taught DIYer and decoration enthusiast, I love to find and restore furniture and to create unique decoration elements. I completed the restoration of my sister’s house, this was last summer, with my niece: electrical, tiling, finishing, plasterboard...we did it all. And today, if I can share my experience I'm happy to do it. A total DIY enthusiast joke: ‘What’s the difference between a clown and a DIY enthusiast? A sense of humor.’ Good Luck.
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