9 Cheap and Quick Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Makeover

Pre-loved Painted in frame country style kitchen
(Image credit: Used Kitchen Exchange)

Fed up of looking at your shabby old kitchen? Wish you could afford a new one, but don't have thousands of pounds to spare? Or are you renovating and the existing kitchen is in need of an update before being replaced at a later date. Don’t despair — with some smart thinking, careful budgeting and a little research you can transform your dated heart of the home for a fraction of the cost.

Painting, replacing electrical sockets, worktops, silicone, sinks, taps and regrouting tiles are all jobs that any competent DIYer will be able to take on without any problem. But you don't have to stick with the standard, why not creative and introduce some clever kitchen ideas to an a touch of individuality.

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.