About to complete on my first property purchase (aaaahhhhhh!!!!) so am planning out what I want to do in the next few months to make it feel like home for me.
It's a tenement property so is a bit rough around the edges but I love it and it's nothing a quick lick of paint won't sort in the short term. Except for the kitchen...
It's pretty grim. Not falling apart or anything but it's quite outdated and they seem to have painted the wall tiles red. It's in the recess corner of the living room so there's no avoiding looking at it. I'm hoping to replace the kitchen in the next 18 months but in the meantime, any suggestions on cheap-ish short term improvements I could make?
The colour scheme for the rest of the flat will be a simple white and grey to begin with.
The tiles are pretty horrific - have they been painted that colour, it looks as if the grout is the same colour? Consider repainting them.
Are you in a Scottish tenement? If so, they tend to be quite spacious. If this flat does have otherwise large rooms I would seriously think about reconfiguring the flat to re-site the kitchen in the long term.
Wilco sell tile primer and paint. I think it would look better if they were a different colour. Depends how long it’s going to stay. You could also paint the cupboards. Can’t quite see what colour the units are from the pics. A different light fitting might also help
Paint the tiles, new knobs for the doors for sure, if you can new work tops too -that's what I'd change. The units themselves don't look too bad, the floor doesn't look great but not sure how much money you have or how easy it would be to change? But with the tikes painted and new knobs it will look a lot better!
I would change the doors to white gloss- it'll bounce loads of light around, and retile with a very light tile. If you can redo the floor in a light but warm wood-effect vinyl (you may be able to get small amounts on ebay) it should look much better.
I wouldn’t invest in more than a pot of paint for the tiles if you’re looking to re-do the kitchen in just 18 months. Doing more could cost a few hundred if not a 1k+ so you might as well save up for the new kitchen sooner instead.