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Appetite for change; It is possible to revamp your kitchen without breaking the bank.

B UDGET-CONSCIOUS home owners might be surprised to discover the many tricks for revamping their kitchen.

Tips from the experts include replacing doors and worktops instead of buying all new units.

Fresh tiles and grouting or replacement blinds and curtains can also spruce up the look of a tired kitchen.

And a range of colour co-ordinated gadgets will breathe new life into a room.

Kitchen re-fitters Reface Scotland report that most existing kitchens are suitable for a doors upgrade.

Alan Bow, Reface managing director, said: "In almost all cases, we find that kitchens are already fitted with strong and long-lasting unit carcasses.

"But, in general, it's the doors and the worktops that end up dated or worn.

"We recommend that people do not rip out the whole kitchen and start again. It's much cheaper to keep the carcasses and simply revamp the fronts and tops."

High-gloss kitchen units are popular for replacement doors, especially white, cream, red and black. Alan also predicts that a new range of gloss woodgrain doors will be popular.

He added: "Another trend is for people to integrate two colours into one kitchen.

"This gives amazing results with no extra cost to the project."

For an even more affordable kitchen refresh, keep the unit doors and change smaller items.

Alan also recommends changing old-style worktops for contemporary materials.

Adding new lighting can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a kitchen, too.

Alan said: "LED under-cabinet lights are simple to install and can bring a revamped kitchen to life."

Replacing appliances such as toasters, kettles, pots and pans can cheer up a kitchen.

to c Small electrical goods can be bought in bright colours and will move your kitchen into the 21st bm century. It's also worth noting that revamping only some of the kitchen, and not all of it, is environmentally friendly.

Alan said: "Refacing your kitchen is cost-effective and good for the environment. It's a win-win."

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Date:Mar 12, 2014
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