Ever wondered why everyone always ends up in the kitchen at parties? That’s because the kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only does it have to be functional to suit everyday family life (homework, chaotic breakfast times and weekend baking included), but we want it to look good too, particularly for social occasions. We spend so much time in the kitchen, it’s only right that we give it a bit of TLC every now and then.

Feeling like a refresh is in order? Don’t rip anything out just yet, try these easy upcycling tricks to give your kitchen a brand new look first.

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1. Cupboard love

Difficulty rating: Not too tricky

Time: A weekend

Are your cupboard fronts the stuff of kitchen nightmares? No fear! Rejuvenating the units themselves with a fresh lick of paint will instantly uplift your space and give it a more contemporary, light and airy feel. Try a fresh white for a sleek and sleek look, or a soft neutral or pretty pastel for a cosier, more traditional feel. Tip: Dulux Cupboard Paint eliminates the need to prime your cupboards before painting, making your kitchen makeover quicker, easier and less fuss. Leaving you more time to get ready, get set, bake!!.

For any glass fronted cupboards, try painting the inside in a different colour to the outside, transforming it into a cabinet of curiosities – it’ll encourage you to keep your ingredients in order too!

Find out how to paint your kitchen cabinets here.

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2. Night on the tiles

Difficulty rating: Not too tricky

Time: One day

Dulux Tile Paint is waterproof and self-undercoating, so you can cover up unfortunate tile choices really easily (so much quicker than retiling). Adding a stronger shade to your splash back area as an alternative to tiles is a quick update to create a bit of character and with our Kitchen+ paint you can avoid those pesky cooking stains with its greaseproof formulation as well as being washable without fading the colour.

3. Hip to dip

Difficulty rating: Easier than it looks

Time: One day

If you want to reflect the perfect dining space to entertain friends and family then refreshing a few chairs with a little paint to match your table will instantly make it more welcoming particularly in an open plan space. Follow our Dipped Chair Leg Effect step by step guide for the how to. Use Dulux Satinwood and finish the look with a soft rug underfoot.

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4. Climb the ladder

Difficulty rating: Easy-peasy

Time: A few hours

Space is often at a premium so modern kitchens need to work even harder to make things function well to meet our needs. Try transforming a plain wooden ladder with a touch of paint and hang all your kitchen utensils so they’re always close to hand. Use a cool white or grey against our new colour Pepper Red and you’ve got a striking wall display as well as a practical storage unit that fits into awkward spaces.

Both our Cupboard Paint and Kitchen+ paint ranges have an extra durable finish that helps them stand up to cooking stains and wear and tear. Browse the ranges to see all of our available colours in these products.

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