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7 ways to refresh your kitchen

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Updating your kitchen to make it more functional and stylish can be an easy weekend project.


Bunnings Workshop members have shared many easy and relatively inexpensive ways that can make your kitchen a more enjoyable place for cooking and spending time with your loved ones.


Below are some examples. Let us know if you have any questions. 


1. Add VJ panelling


VJ panelling is a simple way to spruce up a flat surface and create a stunning feature in any kitchen. Pete (@ProjectPete) used Easycraft EasyVJ panelling to enliven his kitchen island with a bold colour choice of British Paints Mossy Road.


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Check out more VJ panelling projects for any room in the house.


2. Add shelves


Shelves can maximise storage and help organise essentials in your kitchen. Experienced Workshop member Jess (@prettyliving)’s recycled timber shelves transformed a kitchen bare spot, adding style and functionality.


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Don't miss these 10 ways to organise your home for more clever ideas.

3. Paint the splashback


A paint refresh is one of the easiest ways to modernise a dated splashback. While giving his kitchen a cosmetic makeover, Rufaro (@diy_hausdesigns) painted his tiled splashback to make his space appear brighter.  


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The Bunnings guide How to paint a tiled splashback contains useful tips.


4. Decorate your cabinet doors


Give your cabinets more charm and character by adding detail. Wanting to achieve a Shaker-style look, Jasmine (@jasmine_rose) glued thin strips of MDF to her cabinet doors in this budget kitchen makeover.


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Find more inspiring kitchen makeovers with our Top 10 most popular kitchen renovations.


5. Paint the benchtop


Another easy way to dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen is to paint your benchtop. Raymond (@raymond265) painted his benchtop in bright white while refreshing his kitchen, creating a clean and modern look. 


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Learn how to paint like a professional in this step-by-step guide by experienced Workshop member Rob (@Peggers).


6. Organise drawers

Organising and decluttering drawers can make a huge difference in helping you find what you need quickly and easily, making your kitchen a more enjoyable space to work. Woodworking expert Joe (@JoeAzza) made a bespoke spice rack inside a drawer using leftover timber.


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Have a look at How to build drawer dividers by Workshop member Carl (@CSParnell) for step-by-step instructions.


7. Paint the cabinets

Transform your kitchen by changing the colour of your cabinets. Member @newbie23 created a fresh new look in their kitchen by using the Dulux Renovation Range to paint their cabinets.


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Our collection of 10 kitchens transformed with paint contains more examples of how a fresh coat of paint can enliven a dated kitchen.


How to renovate your kitchen


Renovating your kitchen offers the opportunity to create a more functional and beautiful space for cooking and entertaining.

Check out experienced Workshop member Adam Woodhams (@Adam_W)'s guide on How to plan a kitchen renovation for useful advice and tips.


Need help with your kitchen project?


The Bunnings Workshop community can assist with further inspiration and advice for your kitchen refresh. Don’t hesitate to start a discussion and tell us what you would like to achieve. We’re here to help.


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