The kitchen sees lots of use on a daily basis, so over time it will start to look tired and show the signs of wear and tear.
A run-down kitchen is not an enjoyable place to prepare meals, plus a dated look won’t do you any favours come resale time.
Installing a new kitchen can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars and take weeks, but a simple surface transformation can be done on a DIY budget in a weekend.
Old benchtops, cabinets, sinks and floors can all be repaired, replaced or revamped to give the kitchen a completely new look.
1. Make stainless steel shine
To remove rust and water spots from the sink, make up a paste using cream of tartar and a small amount of lemon juice in a bowl.
Apply the paste directly onto the rust spots, leave to soak in then wipe clean using a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar.
2. Fix peeling laminate
To fix bench edges, gently pull back the laminate while cutting the old adhesive with a utility knife.
Apply contact adhesive to the back of the edging and the benchtop edge, then press them together firmly. Run a roller along the edge and tape securely until dry.
3. Modernise the benchtop
If worktops are looking tired, dated or damaged, consider repairing them rather than installing new ones.
Modern coatings can drag an old laminate benchtop into the 21st century for a fraction of the cost of replacement.
There are kits available to simplify the process. Laminate is easy to work with and can be applied in a weekend.