Article by Darren Tidmarsh
With the current state of the economic climate people are looking at more and more way to save money and do things in a cheaper way. This is defiantly the case when it comes to upgrading your kitchen. As an example I recently refurbished my own kitchen. This involved replacing all kitchen doors, worktops, cornice, pelmet and plinths this was an average sized kitchen and I did all the work myself. The total price was £1200 pound. I had previously been quoted £9520 for someone else to fit a new kitchen excluding any appliances.
After reviewing my options I decided that because the existing kitchen units were in good condition it would be a waste of time replacing these with new units. I then took a look on the internet and got a good price on custom doors that fitted my existing units exactly I also ordered some sold end panels and matching cornice, pelmet and plinth that once fitted covered the old units completely. I then took one of the offcuts from my plinth and matched it up with a nice worktop and fitted this shortly after.
The only part I needed help was with disconnecting the gas as this should be done by a corgi registered gas fitter but I did all the plumbing myself. After finishing the kitchen now looks new, all aspects of the old kitchen are covered and nobody but me would know the difference. This is an excellent way of doing things if you are looking at smartening your house up for a quick sale without the unneeded expense of a complete refit.
Although before embarking on such a project be sure to do you research and find out the best way to measure your doors and make sure you have the right tools for the job. At bare minimum you will need a hand saw, but ideally you will have an electric chop saw, router, jig, jigsaw. There are lots of tutorials on the internet for doing this sort of work so make sure you take a good look before you start.