How to makeover your kitchen on a budget


You don’t need to spend a fortune to inject new life into your pre-loved kitchen. From replacing worn out cupboard doors to adding a splash of colour with a new pendant light, there are many budget conscious solutions for making over your kitchen.

“The kitchen is the most important room in the home so it is definitely worth spending time and money renovating it” says Nicolle Foster, an interior designer with more than 25 years experience. “It will increase value on a home for those with resale in mind and can mean better family and entertainment interaction and improve quality of life. It may just inspire you to cook or entertain more too,"says Foster, a member of the Design Institute of Australia, who is based on the mid north coast.

For those looking to transform their antiquated kitchen into a modern, stylish and inviting space, Ikea offers a range of quality kitchens from contemporary to traditional and each one comes with a 25 year guarantee.

If you really want to make an impact on the aesthetics of your kitchen but not on your wallet, be very clear about how much money you have to spend, what you’re hoping to achieve and then determine what is realistic, says the Ikea Kitchens Expert. Replacing the old laminate benchtop, adding a new splashback or even fitting out your wall with wall organising systems can really make a difference. Try not to overwhelm yourself by doing everything at once — you can make a big impact by focusing on specific parts of your kitchen.


Foster suggests low cost makeover options can range from replacing door knobs and handles, replacing or painting splashbacks and changing lighting or adding pendant lights. Medium to higher end options include painting or replacing cupboards doors and resurfacing benchtops.

“One of the secrets to renovating on a budget is to keep the primary areas simple and focus on the hero of the room, be it a stunning splash back, a feature colour or finish for the overhead cupboards, an island facade or a drop dead gorgeous pendant" says Foster. "This is where the eye will travel and simple basic finishes are usually cost effective allowing the budget to focus on the features. If you are renovating for your own long term needs, these elements are also easy to change so don’t be afraid to let your personal style shine.”

You can re-do your entire kitchen at IKEA for the price you’d probably spend on a new benchtop somewhere else, says Foster. "A full U-shaped kitchen with appliances starts from around $2,000 so you can really make a big difference to the overall look of your kitchen at an affordable price." Go to or go into an Ikea store to see what is on offer and get inspired.

For style tips on a budget try Foster's recommendations:

1. Try the blanket handle

"These are my favourite handles. I have used them in my own home" says Foster.

2. Play with worktop lighting

"I love the concealed LED worktop lighting as it is an easy to install retro fiting that can be both practical and very smart looking."

3. Don't be shy about statement lamps

"A funky pendant with a fun pop of colour, ideal for over island benches."


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