Desperate for a new kitchen, but can’t bear to wait the five years it’ll take to find the budget? The good news is bringing your kitchen into the 21st Century needn’t break the bank. Here, we share five easy – and budget-friendly – ways to rejuvenate your tired kitchen and inspire a new culinary direction.

Nothing says ‘old-school kitchen’ like an outdated fridge. Bring in some sleek lines and stainless steel, and your dominant fixture is transformed. Updating your cooktop to a shiny, modern design isn’t much harder, and is sure to add an element of excitement to dinner prep. Add a ‘feature’ coffee machine or blender to your benchtop, and you’ve entered the modern era.

See the light
If you struggle to see clearly in the kitchen, you’re not alone. Rectifying this can be as easy as sticking a strip of LEDs under your cabinetry. But to make a real impact, think pendants – the secret is to get the right design for the space.

Take a seat
If your breakfast bar is outdated, a new set of stools can bring your kitchen into the new age. From Hamptons or coastal to industrial or glam, your new stools are limited only by your imagination.

Extend from the inside
If a lack of storage drives you crazy, renovating your cupboards from the inside could save you a costly extension down the track. Check out the huge range of efficient storage options available including dividers, pull-out baskets, graduated shelves – even a turntable. Then celebrate with a beautiful new dinner set.

Modernise the colour
Refreshing the walls with minimalist white or adding a feature colour will not only give a kitchen an easy update, it will feel almost as good as an entire makeover.

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