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A new kitchen for pounds 360; CAROLINE COOKS UP CHANGES FOR LESS.

CAROLINE Searchfield inherited a cramped and old-fashioned kitchen, complete with false oak beams, when she moved into her new house in Guildford, Surrey.

But with a very limited budget she set about creating a brighter room with a simplified layout.

Having budgeted just a few hundred pounds, she realised that in order to fit a new floor and still afford new accessories, the units would have to stay.

Chris, a builder friend, came up with the perfect solution - move the existing units around then top them off with replacement kitchen doors.

"There were too many units in the existing kitchen, which crowded the tiny space," says Caroline. "By removing the island unit and wall units, the room immediately took on spacious new dimensions."

Chris reorganised the units into a U-shape, leaving much more floor space. He also hid all the appliances behind cupboard doors. Then the walls were colour-washed in green on cream, and the doors were painted a sunny yellow eggshell. Chris retiled the splash-back area in orange and lime tiles.

The old brown sink was replaced with a stainless steel model. And finally, they put down Checkmate flooring by Nairn in paler pastels.

"This proves that you can get a designer look at a fraction of showroom prices," says Caroline.

WHAT IT COST

Replacement kitchen doors, approx pounds 40; worktop pounds 35; sink and taps pounds 29.99; paint for walls and doors pounds 20, all from Wickes (0500 300 328). Flooring pounds 180, by Forbo-Nairn Cushionflor Floorcoverings (0345 023166).

Tiles approx pounds 45 by Pilkingtons Tiles (0161 727 1001). Fabric for Roman blind approx pounds 12.99 a metre by Montgomery Fabrics (01244 661432).
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Author:Cook, Caroline
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 20, 1999
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