Bring new life to a dated kitchen

Whether your kitchen just needs a little TLC, or a complete revamp, DoneDeal could have the items you need Does your kitchen inspire you to take your time and try out the latest recipe from a celebrity chef, or do you get in and out as quickly as possible to avoid the decor that seemed a great idea five years ago? It’s amazing that we spend so much time in the kitchen, yet it’s the one room in the house we tend to neglect. Here are some ideas to brighten up the most functional room in your home: Colour All your kitchen may need is a fresh coat of paint and some new accessories. These could include new curtains or blinds, light fittings, decorative items of crockery, lamps, or a change of colour for your kettle and toaster. Choose a colour that you don’t think you’ll get tired of and start looking for items in complimentary shades on DoneDeal. You can also set up an email alert for items you may want in a particular colour. Style Shabby Chic, Nautical, Farmhouse – put some thought and research into a theme that interests you and start searching on DoneDeal for items you might need. For particular styles, look for older, or used items, rather than brand new. Ask for what you want on DoneDeal’s wanted ads section, including: Novelty cabinet, drawer, or door handles Traditional tap fittings Old school table and chairs Crockery – oversized cups, jugs, vases, etc. Specialty light fixtures The great thing about a classic style is that you’re not looking for perfect items. However, as always, be sure to arrange a proper viewing of any items you’re thinking of buying. Tackling a revamp If you really can’t stand the sight of your kitchen units, it could be time for the challenge of a revamp. You’ll be amazed how many people completely gut and revamp their kitchens and you can find an entire fitted kitchen, as good as new, to replace your dated units. Items can include: Mdf or pine fitted units including frame, cupboard doors and drawers Original or reconditioned Belfast sinks Curtains / blinds Light fittings Table and chairs Kitchen doors If you’re looking to modernise your kitchen, then all units need to be in as good condition as possible. Bring along someone in the know to assess units to check that they’ll reassemble as needed and that any slight damage can be repaired. Be aware of delivery costs and arrangements for larger items. Be creative One easy idea is to look for people selling unused tiles that can be used as a splash-back feature behind hobs and sinks, or as little decorative elements on your cabinets. Brightening up your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Take your time, research, plan, make it a personal project – and get the most out of the DoneDeal Household & DIY section. #HomeampDIY