New Year "New" Kitchen

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  1. dUnKle

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    Help and advice (again) please

    Given up trying to get downstairs rads working - will get new system in summer for next winter.

    Anyway - been in house 3 weeks exactly and it still feels like we are living in someone elses home - we dont have great deal of money (well not now anyway) but would like some cheap ideas on making this house (our first) more like a home.

    First stop is kitchen - its a good size but kinda 1940s meets the 70s. Maybe someone can advise on how we can make it look better. Work tops will have to stay (until we can afford better) and probably units too - it it possible though to paint what we have and add new handles etc ?

    Anyway - here goes with the pics

    The first one is corner near back door near sink. There is an appliance size gap where previous occupants had dishwasher - as its only the two of us we are not going to bother with one - but need something to fill the gap. Any suggestions be welcome - have thought about one of those mobile units that could stay there but wheeled out if extra work space needed. Can these be purchased cheaply ?

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    Second pic is the corner as you enter kitchen - units can be seen (and obviously need painting or something doing to them) also there is a corner of wall thast empty - can you purchase wall mountable corner units ? something that we could store glasses or bottles on ?

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    As said - any advice or suggestions welcome - have a week off work and would be good to achieve something
     
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    Hi!... It looks like the layout of the kitchen is pretty fixed, so why don't you just change all the doors and handles? It won't cost a fortune and as long as you can measure what you need and can hold a screwdirver, you can do it yourself! B&Q do an extensive range of doors and sizes and prices start at about £18 each. Plus, with the sales on, it's the perfect time to get a bargain. Doing this will make a dramatic change to the kitchen, making it look brand new... Depending on the range of kitchen, you will find that you can get all the add ons/filler pieces that you need, like wine racks etc....

    That's what I would do anyway.

    Good luck!
     
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    I suggest replacing the tiles and the wood panels with new tiles. Cheap enough if you can do the work yourself.
     
  4. dUnKle

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    Measured the doors and cupboard fronts - around 9 of each and no more than 2 of each are the same size - would this proove a problem with replacing ?

    If we decide to paint existing what paint do we need ?
     
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    I certainly would not paint them. I have friends who have done that and if you don't do it perfectly it will look like your kitchen has scabies.
     
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    Maybe cover the old appliance gap with a curtain to match whatever colour you do the units. Then store cleaning stuff/bin etc in there.
     
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    Whatever you do don't paint them!I did that and it takes ages and looked *****.6 months later I ripped out the whole kitchen and had a new one.:(
     
  8. dUnKle

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    Got other half to measure cupboards as well as me just to make sure we had sizes correct

    Cupboard doors are

    600mm by 595mm or
    560mm by 395mm


    Draw fronts seem to be

    395mm by 155mm or
    595mm by 155mm or
    595mm by 180mm


    Checking few online suppliers none of these sizes seem even to be close to what we have :(
     
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    There are quite a few on ebay who make to measure, prices don't seem to crazy either, whats your budget?
     
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    Would say could afford £500 or so - obviously cheaper the better
     
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    I would physically go down to a B&Q superstore. The last time I looked, when I was having my house built last year, they had a really comprehensive range of door sizes.

    Agreed, .....I wouldn't paint the doors... cheap I know, but would look worse in the long run. A specialist spraying company might be an option though, but may end up costing the same as replacing the doors.

    Good luck.
     
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    I personally wouldn't touch it. Maybe spray the red trims on the doors or even the beige.
    Save up at least £1000 and just install a whole new kitchen. Yourself, obviously, it's the labour that is the most expensive.
     
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    Try Screwfix.com for replacement doors at pretty good prices :thumbsup:
     
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    Think this is option now favored by other half
     
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    If all the radiators are not working downstairs might mean you central heating pumps is broke/siezed or needs turning up.(ignore all this if it is a combi boiler)
    The rads upstairs work due to gravity circulation etc.

    If some are working downstairs, may mean sludge or dodgy valves.
    If you can get to the pump, try see if you can feel it running.
    If it is not running, try gently tapping it with a hammer!
    You can take the large center screw out, and free the pump with a screwdriver. (turning off the power to the boiler first!)
    But be prepared for some water leakage! (depends on life and age of pump)
    (if that doesn't work, you may need a new pump)

    If it is running, it may be nearing the ends of its life, and you could try turning it up.
    Pumps general have 3 settings, and are normally set to 2.(for a normal size house)
    Switch off the power to the boiler, and switch the dial on the top of the pump to 3. (assuming it is not already set to 3)
    If it doesn't make any diference set it back! (it means you have other problems or the pump is totally knackered etc)

    I'm not a heating engineer but have been training general plumbing as part of my property business, so any advice is given with good intentions only!!!

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