Remodelling my kitchen

Standing in my kitchen and looking around I realize I do not like my kitchen any longer.

It’s so old fashioned, boring and totally not me.

I want my kitchen to look like one in a magazine.


It’s all about money

Remodeling a kitchen can be quite expensive. And being a single mum, I’m on a tight budget. So where to begin?

My wish list:


  • new cabinets
  • new worktop
  • new door handles
  • new accessories
  • new tiles


I do not just want a new look, I want a whole new kitchen!

But those huge expenses are definitely a no go for me. I have way to much wishes for my thigh budget.

Lets see how I can cut back on costs and still end up with a kitchen I love.


Remodeling with a limited budget

Working out a new strategy I decide to paint my cabinets, that will keep costs low.

I’ve chosen a warm white color since my kitchen is rather dark. This color will brighten up the whole space. And give me just the look I want for my kitchen. And it also fits perfectly with the worktop I’m stuck with because I can’t afford to replace it.


For new accessories I can look in second hand shops, or shop for stuff that’s on sale.

The bargain hunt will be fun.


Are you remodeling your kitchen? Here are some tips for your wish list:


  • write measurements down
  • make sure you have color samples with you
  • write down the exact number of certain items you want/need


With my shopping list in my purseand all the measurements written down I’m always ready to find the perfect items.

It might take a few weeks before I have collected everything I need, but that, for me, is part of the fun.

Remodeling a kitchen on a thigh budget is not an overnight job.



Adding color

In some cases a new and totally remodeled kitchen is not even necessary.

You also can make your kitchen look brand new just by adding a new color.

For example:


  • Buy some new, fresh herbs, put them in colorful flowerpots
  • Add a bowl of fresh fruit
  • Tins with spices in different colors and sizes might give an eye-catching touch to your old kitchen and give just the reviving touch you need, to fall in love with your kitchen again.
  • And what to think of jars filled with pasta in all colors and shapes or bottles with vinegar and olive oil. They come in all sizes, colors and shapes.


Don’t forget the lights

When remodeling also take look at lightning. Changing lightbulbs will give a whole new atmosphere. Ever thought of using bulbs with a different coating?

Or change the color temperature? It might change the look of you kitchen dramatically. I used a free online lightning plan to help me figure out the perfect lighting for my kitchen. And it’s so much fun to do.

It was the cherry on the cake.

Give Your Kitchen The Look!

When we utter the word kitchen, the first image that comes to us is a place at our homes or in a restaurant, where the food is prepared. But, have we ever imagined that the kitchen in our house holds or in the restaurants are much more than just a cooking area? The kitchen is where the food is conceived, a place where the raw materials undergo drastic transformations and over all a storage space. Today the kitchen is no longer just another space with basic essentials and a boring cooking top. It is about aesthetics, about the story you would like your kitchen to tell and above all functionality. Kitchen designs are plenty and people around the world are doing up their kitchens in various themes. Not only households, even restaurants have aligned the look and feel of their kitchens to uphold their brand image and to reinforce the kind of offering they have.


  • The kitchen need not always be a separate room or space. Nowadays, more and more households are game for the idea of the kitchen being an extended part of the dining room or the living area. This makes the area in the house more warm and lively, as you can chat with your mother while she makes your favourite dish or one can watch television while cooking! It gives a very homely feeling, to have the entire space integrated into one.
  • If you are not in for giving a very steely corporate look or a woody look to your kitchen, you could go all feminine! Pristine whites and pinks and beiges dominating the colour palette of this kitchen, complementing the chinaware and the floral print tiles and tops. The look would be best when it is completed with lace table cloths, floral curtains and table mats, floral tableware and cutlery and dim feminine lighting to enjoy the lovely food that you would rustle up!
  • For newly married couples or people having space constraints, small kitchens can actually punch in a lot of functionality. Wall mounted cabinets and racks, help save a lot of space and clutter, leaving space only for the cooking top and dishwashing space. This would not require anything but just a single wall face.
  • One can choose bold colours, warm colours, unique art and installations, themes inspired by global culture and traditions. The combination of one or more factors can result in amazing looks. For example, if one wants a vintage looking kitchen with the colour base red or black. So basically people are customising based on a number of factors. If you would like to go for colour based options, there are plenty. A blue coastal kitchen to add that serene look or a green and yellow country kitchen to give that vibrant summery feel. A green and brown art kitchen giving a look right out of a house in the woods! Going for a Mediterranean kitchen theme would add loads of green blue elements giving the peaceful and serene look of the place.

So go ahead and give the ultimate look to your kitchen to make your cooking more fun!