Television seems to be full of those shows where a home is given a makeover in less than 48 hours and the results are always stunning. But for those of us who live in the real world, getting a new kitchen can result in weeks of inconvenience and misery – not to mention all the tidying up that needs doing once the workmen have gone! (Funny how they never show that bit on those make-over programmes!) However, there is one way in which you can achieve the level of results you see on your TV and without all the hassle and expense.
Chips and prints
Take a look at your kitchen, as it stands and use your TV-presenter’s eye to give it an honest appraisal. Before you look at anything else, look at the surfaces that cover the greatest area: the cupboard door and drawer fronts. If anything’s going to drag the general state of your kitchen down, it’s these poor, beleaguered things. These are the surfaces that bear the scars of battle in the kitchen: dings, dents, chips, spills and stains. If you have children or pets, you can add fingerprints, hand-prints and paw-prints to the list!
In addition to their aesthetic states, you should check out their practical condition; do the doors open properly or do they bind? Do they close properly? Are they well-aligned? If the answers are ‘no’, then you might want to consider a makeover of some sort.
A medieval lifestyle?
The first thing to remember is that you don’t have to replace the entire kitchen and live a medieval lifestyle for weeks on end, resorting to BBQs every evening because the cooker’s off limits. You also don’t have to break the bank to achieve TV-worthy results; simply replacing the kitchen cupboard doors and drawers can be more than enough to give the impression that you’ve had a complete kitchen makeover when you haven’t. In addition, where replacing an entire kitchen can take weeks, this sort of makeover can be completed in less than a day, giving your kitchen a completely new look.
Before you go anywhere near choosing your designs, colours or materials, there’s a simple thing you ca do that will bring home just how great an improvement you can make with just a little investment; take a photograph of your kitchen before any work is done to it. Not only will this give you an idea of just how much of an impact new doors and drawers can have on your finished look, but it’ll also give you a reference point to work from if you want to make any further changes to your cooking and entertaining space.
Before and after
However, if you really want to pretend you’re in your own makeover TV show, then you should take ‘after’ photographs as well and present them to your better half in a nicely laid-out album.
While it might seem that you need a TV budget to achieve TV standards, the truth is that you can give your kitchen some cosmetic surgery, whilst operating on a real-life budget. What’s important is that, before you start sourcing a good refurbishment company, you take the time to give your kitchen a fairly merciless appraisal. That’ll tell you all you need to know.