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How to update my kitchen? (pic included)

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Saffronwblue Tue 10-Oct-17 04:35:19

I have a 40 year old country style kitchen. Would love a new one but not in a position to do this. We are probably going to sell in a couple of years and as we have a large block and are in a popular area we have been told that we will be most likely to sell to a developer which means that any money we put into the house we will not recover.
So I would be so grateful for suggestions as to cheap and cheerful ways to update it. Should we replace or paint the tiles? What about the cupboard fronts? We actually love the wooden bench tops as they are very solid and forgiving.
Here is a picture (please excuse the clutter of daily life). Let me know your thoughts!

mnpeasantry Tue 10-Oct-17 04:43:30

If you are looking to sell, maybe paint to unit doors grey. I quite like the tiles but maybe paint them off white. The units look in pretty good shape but the arch effect dates them a bit hence the suggestion of grey.

I like your work tops too

kuniloofdooksa Tue 10-Oct-17 04:44:32

Painting the cupboard fronts and replacing the handles will do wonders quite cheaply.

Painted tiles will start to look shabby in less than a year as the paint won't stand up to scrubbing from normal cooking spatter. You can just live with the shabbiness or you could splash out on a coloured glass splashback that could just be fitted over the tiles but that would probably be over-budget.

Firefries Tue 10-Oct-17 04:57:26

I think it's very nice still. I think a new owner will come along and just redo it if they want or they may just repaint some parts of it, or if it's a developer (as you say) then they will do whatever. So yeah I'd leave it for the next owners because it's already very nice. Don't waste your money.

HollyBollyBooBoo Tue 10-Oct-17 05:40:43

All I would do is replace the tiles, maybe with white ones. Don't paint them, it never looks good.

rwalker Tue 10-Oct-17 05:49:27

paint the walls white cupboard doors grey or white black tile effect lino .You can cover the tiles by gluing sheets of mdf over them and paint them bright colour like orange ,mauve or a petrol blue as a splash back .Alternately tile over the tiles with cheap plain white one and add colour to your room by making one wall feature wall painting one of the bright colours should cost you £200\£300

silkybear Tue 10-Oct-17 05:50:22

i would paint the walls duck egg blue and paint or replace tiles for white ones.

CRbear Tue 10-Oct-17 06:05:45

I think changing your splash back tiles to a solid colour as a first step would make a major difference- I think they’re the only truly aging thing there! Your floor tiles and cupboard doors are pretty neutral already!

picklemepopcorn Tue 10-Oct-17 06:29:29

It's the tiles. Don't worry about its appearance for selling, people seem to want to put their own in.
For you, I'd make the tiles neutral, probably by tiling over them with bigger tiles. It's not hard. Get tiny mosaic sheet tiles for the bit above the sink.

Then add pops of colour with the things you store above the cupboards and on the window ledge.

OutandIntoday Tue 10-Oct-17 06:44:48

The tiles are the main thing that dates it. It will look like a new kitchen if you change them. They look quite thick so tiling over may not work. Get a tiler round for a quote.

guilty100 Tue 10-Oct-17 06:50:47

Personally, I'd replace the doors with something much more modern (but inexpensive) and redo the tiling. It'll look new!

comfyshoelady Tue 10-Oct-17 06:54:31

I actually think it's lovely, I try is slightly old fashioned but that wouldn't bother me. I think I would leave everything as it is and just retile with something cleaner and brighter looking. The tiles make it a bit dark.

Fairylea Tue 10-Oct-17 07:01:13

The tiles are the only thing that I would tackle. Personally I’d paint them a creamy teal colour or a pale mustard yellow type colour.

AJPTaylor Tue 10-Oct-17 07:04:41

i would leave the rest alone. its the tiling that will make a difference. i wouldnt paint them. if they are really sound you could tile over or get someone in

ShiftyMcGifty Tue 10-Oct-17 07:12:42

If you're told a developer will easily buy it and any improvements you make in your house won't add value to the house -- why on earth are you thinking to update your kitchen?

If I was flipping that property, I'd put in a new floor, new white back tile to reflect light, paint bottom half of cabinets a contrasting colour and put in expensive feeling handles. Something like this

MiniTheMinx Tue 10-Oct-17 07:49:35

Do you need so many wall cabinets? They are short and on a long run, it makes the kitchen look crowded but also makes the ceiling look lower. The dimensions look very 80s rather than country kitchen!

I would get rid of the wall cabinets over and adjacent to the hob. Chip out all the tiles. Choose a neautral natural looking tile for back of hob. Make walls good below other cabinets, and paint ivory.

Paint remaining cabinets french grey or similar and change handles. I would probably get rid of the pelmet over the window, it looks quite dated.

When I did mine on a budget I got rid of all the wall cupboards, changed the doors on the other cupboards, bought a big dresser top and painted that plus cabinet doors to match and went to reclamation yard for iron handles and tiles. Bought an old Victorian pine cabinet and painted that. I think I probably spent less than £500.

RoryItsSnowing Tue 10-Oct-17 07:52:44

Definitely new, more modern tiles. Paint cupboard doors. Any way to get the dishwasher hidden behind a door too?

Saffronwblue Tue 10-Oct-17 07:53:33

The full glory of the tiles

elastamum Tue 10-Oct-17 07:57:46

If you are moving in a couple of years I would do nothing and spend the money on a holiday. Life's too short to worry about tiles!

elastamum Tue 10-Oct-17 07:57:48

If you are moving in a couple of years I would do nothing and spend the money on a holiday. Life's too short to worry about tiles!

Changerofname987654321 Tue 10-Oct-17 08:13:06

Retile and clear the clutter but if a developer is going to buy it won’t make a difference.

wowfudge Tue 10-Oct-17 09:46:26

Is a couple of years two years or could it be five? Who knows how things are going to pan out. I'd change the tiled splashback. You may be able to just tile over what's there as a pp has stated. That alone will transform the place. Nice bread bin btw - we have the same one!

schoolgaterebel Tue 10-Oct-17 09:53:59

Just change the tiles, it will make the world of difference.

Saffronwblue Tue 10-Oct-17 10:34:13

I guess the wider context is that we have lived here for 18 years and have never had the gumption or the headspace to do anything about the kitchen. Suddenly I am desperate to change it.
Will think about tiles as the single act with the biggest impact. Cream? Square? Subway?

5rivers7hills Tue 10-Oct-17 10:39:06

I'd retile in something more modern and paint the cupboards grey.

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