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Hacks for this awfuk kitchen? Or am I too optimistic???

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queenqueenqueen Tue 29-Jan-19 13:54:52

We have just moved into a 1950s semi and this is our kitchen ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ

We are going to live with it like this for at least a few months/year (!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ) to get a feel for how we'd like the final layout (kitchen diner knock through rooms etc) to look.

Is there anything at all I can do to improve it or should I not even bother?

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LegoPiecesEverywhere Tue 29-Jan-19 13:55:50

You can buy tile decals cheaply to stick on the tiles. You could also spray paint the units.

JohnLapsleyParlabane Tue 29-Jan-19 13:56:49

Chrome paint on the wood handles and fablon on the doors...

3littlemonkeys82 Tue 29-Jan-19 13:59:36

If you've really only got to live with it for a year I wouldn't throw much money at it all. Maybe paint the wood trims a cream colour just to neutralise it and work with the rest. If the patterned tiles offend you a bit too much you could paint those out too. Simply and cheaply make it as plain as possible until you can change it properly.

FinallyFree123456789 Tue 29-Jan-19 14:00:59

I got some stick on tiles from the pound shop and some fablon / vinyl from wilko and done my kitchen when I first moved in ... think it cost me about ยฃ50

flissfloss65 Tue 29-Jan-19 14:02:41

Iโ€™d live with it as it is. All looks fairly neutral and clean. Iโ€™d rather spend money on the new kitchen youโ€™re planning.

Surfingtheweb Tue 29-Jan-19 14:07:12

Tile paint, cupboard paint, & paint over the handles, & you can buy this plastic cover stuff from wilko for the worktops. That would be so so cheap. Or bit more expensive, replace the doors & worktops & tile over the old tiles.

SD1978 Tue 29-Jan-19 14:10:34

I wouldn't bother. Spending money on something you k ow you'll be entirely getting rid of seems a bit daft to me. If it's functional and clean, I wouldn't waste money on it.

Knittedfairies Tue 29-Jan-19 14:37:00

You can live with that for a while... How many cupboard/drawer fronts do you have? We just replaced them relatively cheaply.

queenqueenqueen Tue 29-Jan-19 16:56:03

Yes, think I'm going to probably just going to give it a really good clean and live with it. Who knows we may even get used to it ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Yes found out about tile decals and am going to be using them in my bathroom!! The kitchen compared to the bathroom is gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜‚

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NotANotMan Tue 29-Jan-19 17:01:37

My kitchen is like that, I've been here nearly 10 years but as it's rented I have to live with it indefinitely.
I have vinyl tile stickers covering the awful beige tiles and washable kitchen runners on the ancient lino to cover the stains.

Soontobe60 Tue 29-Jan-19 17:05:57

I lived with my horrible kitchen for a year, deciding that nothing could improve it apart from loading it into a skip ๐Ÿ˜‚
I just apologised
It's when we had visitors, and stuck pictures of my desired kitchen on the cupboards so it became a life sized mood board.

Disfordarkchocolate Tue 29-Jan-19 17:07:46

I've had that kitchen! I'd just leave it for now , be prepared to break your nails when you open the doors.

Spicylolly Wed 30-Jan-19 19:48:45

I've learnt my lesson with hacking kitchens, our first one I painted the doors and tiles. Didn't spend a fortune but it was a waste of time and money as it peeled and chipped after awhile and then we ripped it all out. Our new (to us) house has another old dated kitchen but it's all solid so I'm just going to leave it and use the money i would of spent tarting it up on wine instead haha ๐Ÿท

AmIAWeed Wed 30-Jan-19 19:55:46

Your kitchen looks just like mine did!!! I have before photo....one of the tiles after a coat of tile paint (it took 3 coats in total despite claiming to be one coat paint) and I used Annie Sloan chalk paint on the doors. I don't actually have a pic of it totally finished as I'm still going but the transformation is amazing.
I have zero DIY skills
Tile paint needed no priming, just loads and loads of coats with a foam roller. The doors took 2 coats of the dark paint and 3 coats of wax. The white doors took 3 coats and 2 coats of wax
Total cost ยฃ100 smile

AmIAWeed Wed 30-Jan-19 20:00:23

My photos didn't attach :/ sent you a pm
Forgot to mention we also pulled up the carpet and used stick down tiles from b&q think coat about ยฃ50 and an electrician changed our florescent tube light for 6 spot lights...think he charged around ยฃ300

AmIAWeed Wed 30-Jan-19 20:01:49

Photos did attach...I'm an idiot ignore me. Desperate to show off my kitchen makeover!

Yazoooooooo Wed 30-Jan-19 20:05:59

Just leave it. Donโ€™t waste money or if if youโ€™re replacing it.

AwkwardPaws27 Tue 12-Feb-19 12:41:20

I covered up a cracked tile in our splashback by artfully grin leaning a wooden chopping board against it. Maybe a couple of carefully placed items will detract from the patterned tiles?

IncrediblySadToo Tue 12-Feb-19 12:53:21

Donโ€™t waste your time, money or energy. Just give it a damn good clean, buy a dedicated notebook to leave in the kitchen so you can make notes of what you do and donโ€™t want in your new kitchen. Start looking at what cabinets you want (who from, not what size etc), what style you like, colours et . It takes far longer than you think to decide on everything.

Itโ€™s worth the money and work to paint it etc if you canโ€™t see yourselves replacing it in the next few years, but in about a year...no way (IMHO). Iโ€™ve lived with mine, which looks much like yours, for a few years now, I soon get used to it. I have been trying to replace mine but had lots of issues with stuff along the way, and now still cannot decide what I want ๐Ÿ˜–

yomellamoHelly Tue 12-Feb-19 18:58:01

Ha! I'd designed our replacement kitchen before we even moved in. Took us 6 years to replace it. Living with it just confirmed how right my gut instinct was and I love our new one all the more for having had to endure the old one for so long.

Bluewidow Tue 12-Feb-19 19:11:46

Thatโ€™s my mothers kitchen from the 80s so I love it. Really no point doing anything with it is there really if your ripping it out in a year.

evaperonspoodle Tue 12-Feb-19 19:36:44

I love that kitchen! We had that in the 80's, my parents painted it about 10 years ago and finally got rid about 5 years ago. I still miss it. Sorry, not very helpful.

Tealfrog Tue 12-Feb-19 19:41:41

It looks clean and in good albeit dated condition. Put your time and effort into planning and sourcing your new kitchen - that takes ages!

WH1SPERS Tue 12-Feb-19 19:43:23

Ha ha, we just ripped out the identical kitchen when we bought our flat ast year. The joiner said it was ? Hygiena from the 1980s and was good quality at the time, because the trim is real wood.

It didnโ€™t persuade us to keep it.

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