Refurbish your old kitchen
by Sam Shaw
If you own or have inherited a kitchen that is intrinsically well built but tired and worn from years of heavy family use then consider this before you rip it all out and condemn it to the scrap heap:
Any kitchen that is built using real materials,
and where the fabric of which is intact,
can be given a new lease of life for a fraction of the price of a new kitchen.
As a society we should stop thinking that old means dead, it is possible to make someone else’s kitchen “your own” it just takes a bit of imagination.
The beauty of timber worktops runs all the way through and simply sanding back and re-oiling them will make them look as good as they did the day they were fitted, these Elm worktops could not have more character. Painted surfaces can easily be re-painted and the knocks and bumps filled.
Behind the surface you can really go to town with modernising your old kitchen by adding new dovetailed drawer boxes on full extension soft close runners to replace your old clunky runners. You could fit new bins, spice racks and appliances and why not upgrade your door catches to replace that clang for a swish when you close the doors.
We applaud Emma’s desire to give this old inherited kitchen a second chance and her reasons are not simply cost based: This kitchen has been an important family hub for some years, it looked worn but it also looked loved and I don’t think Emma could bare to throw it away.
The previous owners clearly had a strong sense of reusing and recycling as there are already reclaimed stained glass doors built in to the original design so there is an important environmental consciousness being passed like a baton from owner to owner and Emma is no exception.