On a play date one day I was admiring one of the mums tables that she had recently bought. It was gorgeous!!! A long designer white marble oval dining table that looked stunning, seriously I had table envy!!!! Is that really a thing? Well it is now. She had bought this table second hand and saved a fortune and to be quite honest it was in remarkable condition you’d never know it wasn’t new.
She’s gutting her house once she gets the plans drawn up and approved and of course the first thing that sprung into my mind was the kitchen – food obsessed I know! The kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s important that she has a well designed and set out space to be able to bake yummy treats like my Simple Lemon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting with her daughter.
She has a reasonable budget and also appreciates quality and want’s something that will last, so having a bit of experience with refurbishing etc. I thought I’d write tips on:
How To Get Your Dream Kitchen On A Budget
Sell Unwanted Items
If you have a kitchen that is already in good condition but not to your taste you could always consider selling it. Not only is it great for the environment the proceeds from this can go towards the new kitchen and help increase your available budget. You can do this with Used Kitchen Exchange (mentioned below) and it’s something I am sure my friend would consider as they’ll do a free survey of her kitchen, take professional photos and list it on their website. In her words “it’s a no brainer” as it is totally hassle free and they don’t take a fee if it doesn’t sell! – Aren’t I the best friend ever!!!!
Of course it’s not just kitchen items you can sell. Search your home, there are all sorts of items that we don’t use that someone else may love.
Decide on the Design of The Kitchen
It’s important to decide on the kitchen design prior to starting work. This will affect the layout of the kitchen as you will need to allow for the location of windows (the more the better) and wiring and plumbing work will need to be done. Some choose to do this stage themselves but it can be a good idea to get advice or even better plans drawn up by a professional.
Buy A Used or Ex Display Kitchen
Far cheaper than buying new, a used or ex display kitchen from a company such as Used Kitchen Exchange can give savings of up to 70% and is a time saver too as you won’t have to waste time choosing all the individual items. You need to decide on the style of kitchen you might prefer and don’t rule out getting an experienced designer to create a 3D CAD drawing of the kitchen you choose in your own home to allow you to be able to visualise how it would fit.
I was shocked at how low prices start for some of the used kitchens and I know my friend will be delighted when she gets to read this post as she is guaranteed to get something lovely for a great price. Some of these kitchens include work surfaces which will add to the savings made. I hope you are reading this sitting down!
Second Nature Broadoak Shaker Kitchen £1800
It’s in good condition and was fitted in 2009. The kitchen comes with a number of appliances included: A Rangemaster Toledo Cooker, Extractor, Sink, Taps, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Washing Machine and Sink. The laminate worktops will also be included for FREE.
This is a popular kitchen style and similar to one we have at home.
Ready for the next one?
I love the design of the Benchmarx Parma High Gloss Cashmere Kitchen £7000
Barely used as it’s only 6 months old!
Appliances included in the sale are a Beko fridge freezer GNE60520DX, Zanussi ovens x 2 ZOB35301XK, Zanussi hob, Rangemaster extractor, Zanusi Gas Hob ZG075524 and sink. The bar stools are also included in the sale of this kitchen.
The main hob and dishwasher not included.
I love the island and stools. This would be perfect for my family with a few extra stools and I must admit I’d be keen to show this one to the husband if we needed a new kitchen. A large feature light over that island would look amazing wouldn’t it???
You will never realise how much storage space you will actually need until you move into your first home. Don’t overfill the kitchen but do make sure you have adequate cupboards, shelves etc. Pan racks that hang over kitchen islands can be made into a feature and can also free up kitchen cupboard space for other items.
There are different areas that you need to consider here of course the obvious – allowing enough light and maybe even mood lighting, but lights can also be an inexpensive way to add a focal point such as spotlights that dim or change colour or oversized lights on the ceiling, or over the kitchen table or island.
The light here:
From The Lighting Company £93.60 would work well adding with the pretty copper colour which as we all know is the height of fashion at the moment. I think that would suit the second kitchen shown above. Even a larger light would make a good fit, it’s all dependant on your taste.
Your budget will dictate whether you get stone, wooden, vinyl or laminate. The latter two options can often look like stone tiles or wood be quite hard wearing and extremely budget friendly.
Aside from the design of the kitchen and the main appliances the accessories used in a kitchen can really help it stand out and it doesn’t have to be expensive items either. Dunelm have all sorts of great items from posts and pans (for your rack), food storage containers, tea towels, wall art and even scented candles. These storage jars would brighten up any kitchen and cost just £7.50 each.
Make sure that you take a look at the clearance section as you could find some great bargains.
What tips would you suggest for anyone looking to create their dream kitchen on a budget?
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