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10 Simple, cost-effective kitchen renovation ideas

Your kitchen remodel journey begins here.

Just because you're on a budget, that doesn't mean you can't complete a kitchen renovation to give it a new look. A kitchen can be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate if you consider new cabinetry, tiles, paints and appliances. If you follow some of our simple tips, you can renovate your kitchen yourself over several weekends without breaking the bank.

Before you get started, make sure that you have some tools, such as screwdrivers, a hammer, some masking tape, pliers, paintbrushes and plenty of rags. Having a higher degree of optimism will help too.

We've heard stories of people doing a kitchen remodel for as little as £100 and asking for friends and family to help where they can.

No. 4

Maintain the kitchen layout

One of the cheapest ways to keep costs down is to keep the layout the same. Keeping all the plumbing, electrics and kitchen cabinets in the same place will mean you only have to do a cosmetic makeover. If you're lucky enough to have the space, you could invest in, or make, a kitchen island that can serve as an additional work surface.

If you get a kitchen island, perhaps get one with wheels to easily move it about your home. This is a low-cost solution to make sure you can use your remodel budget more wisely.

No. 8

Update your plug socket and light switch covers, and replace light bulbs

This simple little investment can do wonders for your new kitchen without spending loads on new electrics.

Changing covers for your sockets and light switches aren't tricky, but before attempting this, make sure your electricity breakers are off to avoid unwanted electric shocks. If you're uncertain about doing this yourself, ask a mate to help out.

Replacing your lightbulbs can also be an excellent solution to transform your kitchen's atmosphere. Depending on the mood you would like to set, choose a bulb that reflects this. You can also use energy-efficient LED lights to help achieve the perfect lighting.

No. 9

Repair your countertops

If you have a laminate countertop that has seen better days, you could repair it yourself. If you have deep cuts on bits missing on the countertop, you could buy some matching filler from your hardware shop. Make sure the whole of cuts are well cleaned with rubbing alcohol, dried and then squeeze a bit of filler and use a smoothing tool to make sure the filler is set evenly and deeply. When the filler dries, you can use light sandpaper to blend it with the rest of the countertop.

If you have loose edging, you can try using an iron to re-activate the adhesive and iron the edging back to the kitchen worktop.