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DIY kitchens: 5 ideas you can do yourself to update your kitchen

DIY kitchens are the way forward. Create the kitchen of your dreams quickly and cheaply with these simple updates

Husk cabinet fronts used to customise an Ikea kitchen
(Image credit: Husk)

New Year, new kitchen? We wish! We know that January is always a good time to give your kitchen the overhaul you've been dreaming of, but after the expense of Christmas and all those holidays that obviously need booking, ripping out your old kitchen and replacing it with a whole new one just isn't realistic for most of us. But that doesn't mean you can't give your space a completely new look with these DIY kitchen ideas.

We have rounded up five kitchen ideas that are cheap, easy and can completely transform your kitchen in a just few hours. So pull out your overalls, stick on some tunes and get creative. 

1. Paint your kitchen cupboards 

Kitchen painted in dark green and white to make the small space feel bigger

(Image credit: Future/Brett Charles)

Painting your kitchen cupboards, or just your kitchen doors is the perfect way to give your space a DIY update. It's not a super quick job and does take some patience, but even a DIY novice can do it. For a complete guide to what type of paint you need, what type of material can be painted at how to paint your kitchen cabinets, head over to our step by step guide. 

2. Replace your kitchen doors 

Blue kitchen by Husk

(Image credit: Husk)

If you want to totally transform the look of your kitchen without starting from scratch, replacing you kitchen doors is great idea. It's obviously way cheaper than getting a whole new kitchen and much kinder on the environment too. Most of the big kitchen names sell single door fronts for their standard cabinets or you could go down the route of getting new doors made to fit your current kitchen carcass. Companies like Plykea and Husk make doors, drawers, worktops and more to fit popular brand kitchens, but will give your kitchen more of a handmade look. 

3. Invest in cute new hardware 

Kitchen with pink paint from Farrow and Ball

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball )

Replace all the knobs and handles, easy peasy. You would be surprised how much of a difference it can make; if you are after a more modern look pick out simple T-bar handles (black is super on trend right now) and for a more traditional vibe switch your handles to a cupped style. We love John Lewis and Anthropologie for hardware, and just think, new handles are way cheaper than a new kitchen so go on, treat yourself to handles you really love. 

4. Learn how to tile a new splash back 

colourful splashback in old home with butler's sink

(Image credit: Perrin & Rowe)

Think tiling a splashback is beyond you? Think again. We've done it, so that means literally anyone can. It's not as much of a complex job as it sounds and it's a great way to cheaply add colour and texture to your space. To find out how to tile a splashback head over to our step-by-step guide. 

You could of course also cheat the look by covering your current splashback in tile stickers. Etsy  have some gorgeous options that are really affordable too. 

5. Change up your kitchen flooring with paint

Boho style kitchen and dining area with white painted floorboards

(Image credit: China Cooper)

Got floor boards in your kitchen? Paint them! This was a massive trend last year and looks like it will continue to be into 2020. White is an obviously choice for a sleek, modern look, but you could be brave and go for a dark moody colour or even whack out the stencils. We've put together loads of ideas as well as a step-by-step on how to paint floorboards in our guide, so go and check that out.