5 Tips for a Stylish and Functional Kitchen

Between cooking, eating, the place we end up at parties, where we help with homework, give our best agony aunt advice and sneaking a midnight snack, kitchens have a lot to contend with, so they need to be hard working as well as appealing to spend time in.

Re-doing your kitchen can be a pricey affair, but we’ve got some great quick and easy kitchen makeover ideas to refresh the whole look and feel without needing to take out a second mortgage. Oh and they’re really practical too!

Our 5 Quick Kitchen Tips

1. Create a new splashback or revamp your floor with self-adhesive tiles

They can be wiped clean and will give the area a new lease of life, both visually and practically – plus they’re also much easier to apply than traditional tiles!

  1. Mark out the dimensions.
  2. Carefully cut them to size.
  3. Line them up and press firmly.
  4. Done! Enjoy your simple, cost effective and removable new look.

2. Paint a chalkboard inside a cupboard

This one takes a little time but only because you need to let the layers dry – it’s still very easy to do and will give you a handy place to note what you need to pick up at the supermarket or remind yourself to call the bank.

  1. Make sure your chosen surface is clean and dry.
  2. Apply a coat of chalkboard paint.
  3. Wait 2 – 4 hours until it’s completely dry.
  4. Apply another coat.
  5. Wait for it to dry.
  6. Your chalkboard is ready to go.

3. Add stylish, moveable storage

There’s only so much space for storage and it’s not always in the most convenient position, so we’re all about having something on wheels for added convenience. If you’ve got a free nook you can tuck your trolley away between uses too.

4. Make your own herb jars

Plants are not only wildly on trend and good for your wellbeing, but if you grow some tasty herbs they’ll also make your kitchen smell good and be handy for cooking. Recycle your old jam jars, pickle jars or any other pots you have lying around and plant your flavoursome favourites.

  1. Clean and dry your jar.
  2. Add two inches of stones at the bottom for drainage.
  3. Fill most of the jar with potting soil, leaving space at the top.
  4. Plant your herbs from seeds or offcuts.
  5. Show them some love and watch them grow.

5. Use ladder shelving

A no-nails approach to reclaiming some vertical space, ladder shelving leans against a wall to give you extra places to store everything you need.

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