Decorate before installing a kitchen

Beautifying the kitchen: an affordable alternative to buying a new one

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If the kitchen equipment is getting on in years, but by and large still functional, a few simple and inexpensive measures are often enough to refurbish it. Seven tips on how to beautify the kitchen without too much effort.

It doesn't always have to be new kitchen furnishings. An old kitchen can be spiced up with just a little color, more light or new accessories.

Tip 1: refurbish kitchen fronts

If you want to spruce up the old kitchen fronts with a little color, you have various options:
Sanding, priming and painting over the wood with fresh paint takes time, but it is also the most effective method. A real eye-catcher is the painting of some parts with blackboard lacquer, on which the favorite recipes can then be noted with chalk.

Do-it-yourselfers can also wallpaper the roughened kitchen fronts or cover them with decorative fabric. However, they should then be made more resistant to grease and dirt with clear varnish.

Alternatively, the fronts can also be covered with wipeable foils. Often the annoyance is inevitable: If you don't work carefully, you will quickly find bubbles under the adhesive film when applying the tape. Of course, you can also simply buy ready-made fronts that can be exchanged.

Tip 2: beautify walls

The walls also shape the overall impression of the kitchen and can withstand a fresh coat of paint from time to time. Colored accents can be set, for example, with a wall sticker to stick on. The wall stickers can be used on almost any surface and are available in many decors.

Particular attention is paid to the wall behind the kitchen unit. Usually a tile mirror is attached here, which can be painted over with special paint. If you want to invest more, you can of course also lay new wall tiles. Glass panes, behind which you can attach wallpaper scraps or wrapping paper for decoration, are also practical splash protection.

Tip 3: exchange individual objects

Replacing the sink, worktop or extractor hood often has practical reasons, but it also helps to make the kitchen look nicer. Well-designed products are also available for a small budget. If you want to invest more, you can give the kitchen special accents, for example with designer fittings or a worktop made of natural stone or solid wood. Do-it-yourselfers can save money by doing the installation themselves.

Tip 4: create order

There must be space for food, dishes, pots and much more in the kitchen. The result is often chaos that is both impractical and unattractive. What helps is a counter-strategy in two stages. First the clutter is cleared - who needs three whisks or a dozen corkscrews? What remains is cleverly stowed away. Drawer inserts keep the interior of the cupboards in order. Cooking utensils are always ready to hand when hung on a wall strip, uniform storage boxes convey visual calm.

A mix of closed cabinets and open shelves brings variety to the kitchen. Why should particularly beautiful cups or glasses disappear behind cabinet doors? Shelf space at an easily accessible height also prevents the worktop from being littered as a shelf. Kitchen shelves in bright colors or in unusual shapes are eye-catchers. A kitchen shelf made of wood or MDF, for example, is an ideal DIY project for those with a handicraft skill.

Tip 5: illuminate better

Many older kitchens are quite dark, which makes working conditions difficult. Above all, the work surfaces should always be well lit. The economical LED technology offers good alternatives to classic fluorescent tubes, which can be attached to the underside of the wall units or to the wall. Lights that are simply plugged into the socket are also practical. But light is also used to create atmosphere in the kitchen and to set accents, for example with LED bars or strips on walls or cupboards.

Tip 6: bring green to the kitchen

Fresh herbs refine many dishes - it's good to have them to hand when cooking. So that the herb arrangement does not appear too restless, kitchen gardeners should use uniform planters. If you want to make your herb pots more individual, you can color them to match the newly painted or pasted kitchen cabinets.

Tip 7: Decorate with love

Sometimes small changes make a big difference. A new lampshade, modern handles on the cupboards or colorful seat cushions can beautify the kitchen. Souvenirs from vacation or the flea market are also used here, a pretty tile, for example, is suitable as a decorative coaster. Or how about a cookbook holder or new spice jars on the birthday wish list?

Ingrid Lorbach

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