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Centre of your home

It’s the heart of your home – where everyone congregates, where the kids drop their bags and make for the pantry and where great food is created and consumed.


Does your kitchen need a total transplant or just some tender loving care? Perhaps you want to enhance the look and feel of your kitchen because you plan to put your house on the market soon. This month we look at simple ways to modernise your kitchen with practical tips to maximise space and decorating ideas to blend in with the theme of the rest of your home.

There are many ways to freshen your kitchen and give it a new lease of life without it costing the earth.

Think about the general theme of your home; is it ultramodern, modern, country style, a cottage look, 1950s or something in between? You want to make the kitchen compatible with the style of the rest of your home and achieve a sympathetic look.

Consider your budget for this upgrade. How much you decide to spend will be affected by your reasons for doing this. For example, if you are planning to sell soon, think carefully about the return on your investment. If the kitchen is a blot on an otherwise good home, then make it look as fresh and new as possible for the minimum investment.

A good rule of thumb is: if you are planning to sell within two years (especially on the current market), do as much as you can to make it look good and stick to your budget, but do not replace the whole kitchen.


If you plan to be in your home longer, you need to weigh up the cost of revitalising your kitchen and compare that to getting a completely new kitchen. You could do the simplest and least expensive things for an instant lift and save your money for your ultimate dream kitchen a couple of years down the track.

Whatever the reason for a kitchen makeover, the first step is to de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.

Get rid of those old cake tins you haven’t used for years; cracked and chipped casseroles and crockery dishes can go; surplus plastic containers can be sold; the old dried flower arrangement needs to be binned; stained fruit bowls and baskets are history; duplicated utensils thrown out and old appliances traded for new.

If you can’t bear to part with them, then pack them in cartons and stow them.

As you go through each cupboard and drawer, wipe it out with cleaning product and give all surfaces includingcurtains, windows, light shades, shelves, stove and range hood a good clean then stand back and assess your kitchen.

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