The fact is that in just the same way that things like clothing, shoes, and fashion accessories go in and out of style, home, and kitchen designs also change over the years. So if you’re perhaps wondering what on earth the original builder was thinking when he or she came up with the design scheme for your kitchen some years back, the truth is that at that time it was probably the latest style.


Now there are two ways to go about changing the look of your kitchen, and the first one is to throw a ton of money onto it. That is to hire someone and pay them all they need to come up with a brand new, up to date look. The problem here though, is that you can go through a heck of a lot of money real fast redoing a kitchen.


The other way, is to do it yourself and before you even start in, you need to scout out all the very best and most clever ways to get the most redecorating results for your money. So then keep on reading because I’ve laid out some of the better fast change tricks that I have seen over the years.


Starting with your cabinets, you can give them a real fast and affordable new look by simply changing out “old for new” the knobs on the doors, and drawers. Now it sounds a little hard to believe. That is until you find a good hardware outlet that has a sizable selection to choose from. Just bring a couple home and put them on to check it out and it will make a believer out of you.


Then before you jump into a massive repainting or refinishing job on those same cabinets, go and take a look at what can be done with stencils. Stencilled on designs take hours, not days and weeks. They also allow you to impart a motif and new catchy to your cabinets with the particular type of stencilled on design that you use.


Then if your kitchen sink is bothering you, and you’re ready for a new look, don’t tear it all out.

Instead try out a brand new faucet set to change the look. It works. You simply can’t lose because you most likely need a new faucet anyway, so if you do end up wanting a new sink, you haven’t lost any money. Also with the money you save by not buying a sink, you can purchase a real sweet top of the line faucet set.


Now polished granite counter tops are in now, and they can work magic on a new kitchen. There’s just no doubt about that. Even so, before you rush right out and plunk down some ungodly amount of money on brand new polished granite, or marble, you need to check out some of the new man made, cultured stone counter tops.


The newer product that’s available now looks “amazing” and I’ll bet you can’t tell the difference from the real thing when it comes to black granite. Even with your nose right up on it. It just looks that real. It doesn’t stop there either because unlike real stone, with the new cultured stone scratches, and chips can be easily hand polished out. Do yourself a favour, and at least go, and have a look at it.

Chris Tyrrell writes for Jewson Kitchens, leading suppliers of traditional, modern and shaker kitchens, Modern Kitchens UK. Visit the website for more details: