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The Easy Kitchen Update

Guest blog by Claire Hill, The Furniture Restylist

House hunters often have a long list of criteria they wish their new home to meet. 

And top of the list for many is a beautiful kitchen. 
Nowadays it is the room where many aspects of life occur, and where precious memories are made; no longer being just a space for cooking.  

Particularly since the pandemic, they now play a major role in every-day life, from posing as homework bases and being a daytime office through to being the stage for dinner parties and those spontaneous coffee mornings with friends.  
According to House Beautiful magazine "Kitchens are often considered the heart of the home, and an updated kitchen can help sell a property quickly and above asking price," says Smykalov. 

However, if the kitchen in your otherwise ideal new home isn’t up to your standard, the prospect of updating a kitchen can be a daunting project.  The reality of weeks without an oven or even a kitchen sink can feel very overwhelming, not to mention the eye watering price tag of a full replacement.

But there is a more palatable alternative which provides the look and feel of a new kitchen, yet without the cost and hassle of a full replacement.

If the kitchen is structurally sound, which it often is, then restyling the existing kitchen is the ideal solution.

Claire Hill, The Furniture Restylist, often works with kitchens which are 30+ years old which were originally hand built. Although they may be looking dull and dated now, they are still as good as the day they were built.

Restyling the units makes them look brand new again and transforms them from looking tired and old fashioned into bright and modern spaces you will be proud to show off to any visitors, and enjoy spending valuable time in.

It is a hassle-free process for the homeowner which allows the kitchen to be used throughout the duration, and the cabinets don’t even need to be emptied.

Colour matching to mainstream paint brands is an option, so it is possible to replicate the colour of a kitchen you may have seen on Instagram or in glossy home interior magazines for example. 

Here are five easy ways to update your kitchen:
1.    Restyling the units rather than a replacement is an affordable way to create the look and feel of a new kitchen.
2.    Updating hardware can make a big difference.
3.    If storage is lacking, consider adding freestanding items such as a dresser or a bookcase to increase storage.
4.    Add the popular feature of open shelving.
5.    Add multiple sources of lighting for a homely feel.

Equally, if you’re selling your home where the kitchen may require a little updating, restyling the kitchen prior to marketing it can get you that much wanted quick sale by making it more attractive. states that ‘it's possible to increase the sale price of your property by 5% to 10% when you renovate or build a new kitchen'.

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