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How to renovate your kitchen in 5 easy steps

If you’ve got an old, outdated kitchen that you have been dreaming of renovating, but you can’t bring yourself to spend a fortune on new cupboards and countertops, we’ve got just what you need. 

Give your kitchen a new lease on life and let it be a talking point while entertaining during the upcoming festive season with these five tips:


  • Start with a clean canvas: Kitchen walls and surfaces are often greasy so before you tackle your kitchen renovations and start painting, it’s important to clean all surfaces thoroughly to ensure a good finish. Get some sugar soap or a strong detergent solution and warm water and thoroughly rinse off all residue before allowing the surfaces to dry. 
  • Don’t rush the prep process: Before starting to paint, cover the edges of any tiles, appliances, trim and worktops with masking tape. This will help you to create a clean, crisp edge to the painted surface. It’s best to also cover worktops, appliances and the floor with a plastic sheet to catch any drips. The better your masking tape work is, the better the end result will be.


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“Depending on the style that you want to achieve, choose a colour palette that evokes your desired theme. Using the Dulux Visualizer App can help you picture it before you paint it,” says Dulux colour expert, Palesa Ramaisa. 

“The vibrant shades in the Dulux Buzz palette celebrate the biodiversity of a wildflower field. For a vibrant look consider adding a splash of bright colour to a wall painted in the Colour of the Year 2023, Wild Wonder, creating a joyful family space that feels energizing and invigorating for the hot summer days ahead,” adds Ramaisa.


  • Work your way down: As with any room, start painting your kitchen from the ceiling down, so that any paint drips don’t fall onto freshly painted surfaces. For ceilings and walls, use kitchen paint as these are hard-wearing and designed to be wiped down easily. We love Dulux Easy Care. Vinyl paint can be used on ceilings as they don’t need washing as regularly. You may find it easier to paint edges with a brush rather than a roller. 
  • Revamp kitchen doors: If you feel like a total refresh without renovation, you could try giving kitchen cabinet doors a pop of paint, it’s easiest to remove them first. Clean them with sugar soap or detergent, then fill any gouges or nicks in the doors with wood filler, before sanding the areas and wiping them down.
  • Save the woodwork painting for last: Finish by painting all cabinet woodwork. Paint from top to bottom, starting with the windows – it’s best to begin painting in the morning so that they have a full day to dry before they need to be closed in the evening. Next, paint the door, door frame and architrave, followed by the skirting. By painting the skirting last, there is less risk of your brush becoming contaminated by dirt or dust.

 If you are struggling to choose the right colour, try the Dulux Visualizer App to help you picture what the colour will look like in your space before you go out and buy the paint.

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