Kitchen Renovation Tips

How to modernise your outdated kitchen?

Whether you are planning to invest your sweat equity in a complete kitchen remodel or hope to make a few quick changes over the weekend when every penny counts it’s important to choose projects that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Stay focused on the results you are after (put on blinders when you walk past those $1,000 light fixtures) and be willing to get your hands a bit paint-splattered, and you can certainly achieve beautiful results on any budget.

With new design trends showcasing creative uses of colours, modern appliances, and functional design, there are endless ways to bring your kitchen into the present day. Looking for kitchen renovation Melbourne? Look no further? Hitch Property Constructions has you covered. 

Swap out hardware

Old cabinets can get a simple and quick update by adding new, modern pulls and knobs. Your cabinets might not even have any hardware at all, and if that’s the case, now’s the time to add some. 

Outdated kitchens were made with materials that were popular decades ago, including metals used for kitchen hardware. With manufacturer’s releasing innovative materials and design trends following suit, it may be time to rethink your drawer pulls and lighting fixtures. Metals going modern in kitchen design include matte aluminium, stainless steel, brushed gold, and copper – try these materials out in your cabinetry hardware, pendant lighting, and range hood options.

Classic hardware is a worthwhile upgrade, subtly enhancing the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it adds up fast — especially if you have a large kitchen with lots of cabinets.

Count the number of pulls and knobs in your kitchen so you can quickly determine if the hardware you have your eye on will fit your budget — with plenty of beautiful pieces available for $10 and under (like the brass pulls shown here), there is no need to blow the budget.

Mix up textures, patterns, and colours

Give your kitchen visual interest by mixing and matching different textures and materials throughout. For example, cream-coloured kitchen cabinets will automatically lighten the room while adding appealing contrast to stainless steel appliances. If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your kitchen, put up some stylish curtains in a fun pattern. 

Kitchen Renovation Tips

Paint half the cabinets for a high-contrast look. A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Show off cherished collectibles.

While you may not think about it, your kitchen is a great place to add decorative elements that bring a sense of you and your lifestyle into your kitchen. For many homeowners, plant shelves on top of cabinets allow room for plants, artwork, and other decorative items. Built-in display shelves below your kitchen island can showcase your prized kitchenware, your favourite cookbooks, or display an heirloom set of china passed down through generations. Add a vase of flowers, and a fresh bowl of lemons for a shot of colour.

Cleverly use above-window shelving to create a smart, highly-visual spot for your most prized antique collectibles. This approach would work particularly well, for instance, with an antique island, a nostalgic apron sink, cherry counters, and gingham-check wallpaper. 

Rather than hiding your dinnerware inside cabinets, display them on a pretty rack on your counter for all to admire.

Upgrade accessories. With limited opportunities for decoration, it’s important to make the most of the little things. Corral frequently used items on a woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging.

Install creative lighting

Once you have modernised the major components of your kitchen, don’t forget the lighting! While kitchen lighting can sometimes be an afterthought, it is essential for safety, ambience, and versatility of your kitchen. If your kitchen solely contains one overhead ambient lighting fixture, look into recessed lighting for a modern illumination source. Consider installing a dimmer switch for versatility while entertaining, cooking, or just relaxing for a midnight snack! Pendant lighting over a kitchen island, under cabinet lighting, to illuminate countertops, and chandeliers are all becoming great options for updated lighting sources.

Stylish new pendant lights can easily become the new focal point of the room. The hand-blown glass pendants shown here are a beautiful, versatile choice, and at less than $200, they won’t break the bank. 

Traditional glass pendant lights can easily brighten and charm a kitchen against custom cabinetry. Give your kitchen unique sophistication by using an entire wall of framed and lighted art.

Combine various furniture styles

A bold red-patterned area rug and Windsor stools may be a bit more expected in your home’s living room but can add a whimsical touch when placed in your kitchen. For even fancier, use boat hardware on your custom cabinetry.

Add storage with simple shelves. 

Consider removing your upper cabinetry. Many outdated kitchens were built to include walls and walls of upper cabinetry to house dishes and cookware. Often, these cabinets consume the eye and make the kitchen feel crowded. If you’re looking to open up the space of your kitchen and don’t have and room to grow outwards, consider removing the upper cabinets. This frees up the wall, allowing for modern open shelving with a few decorative items and dishware.

Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes. Use open wall shelving to create a sense of more space and to show off your attractive dinnerware. 


Unify everything in the space with a fresh coat of white paint. Nothing makes a room feel more updated than fresh paint, especially white. One of the biggest offenders in outdated kitchens? The cabinets! Though time-consuming, painting your cabinets, a glossy white can completely transform your kitchen.

New cabinets not in the cards for you? Painting and staining your kitchen’s existing cabinetry is a great option for homeowners on a budget. You could choose a vibrant and bold blue, or a dark, modern black finish to cover up outdated wood and dingy coloured cabinets of yesteryear. From distressing doors to paint glazes and stains, you will be surprised how your elbow grease and some additional colour will transform your old cabinetry into new.

If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than standard-issue white cabinets, think about adding colour. Try pale sage green, as shown here, duck egg blue or warm putty — all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes. Check out our range of kitchen renovation at Hitch Property Constructions.

Here are some different techniques to give your kitchen cabinets more personality:


Colour changes everything. But colour with a little flair can change the style of your cabinets from plain and simple to shabby chic, rustic, provincial, or modern. Here are a few of our favourite faux finishes that can spice up your kitchen’s style.

This weathered finish comes from a special “crackling glaze” available at paint stores. Apply the glaze over a dry base coat, brushing in only one direction (thick for large cracks and thin for fine cracks). Let it dry, then finish with a flat topcoat of the base colour, brushed on perpendicular to the glaze. The paint will start to form cracks as it dries, a process that takes about an hour.


Whether it’s worn or truly beat up, this rustic finish is made up of layered colours and spattered dark paint (to mimic fly specks). When the paint is dry, you can “distress” the finish by hitting it with a chain and lightly sanding in the spots where cabinets get the most use to reveal the colours underneath.


This provincial look evokes a slowly aged surface. Speed the aging process by dipping the tips of a paintbrush in colour lighter than the cabinets, dabbing the excess onto a cloth until the brush is almost dry and lightly grazing the surface of detail trim, corners, or seams.

High Gloss

Not only will a high-gloss finish repel dirty fingerprints better than any matte (and it’s easier to wipe clean), it will also simulate the look of metal or glass in a modern setting. To shine up your smooth cabinets, paint a high-gloss clear acrylic varnish over your final coat to add depth and effect a glassy finish.

Paint the floor. If your wood floors are not in the best shape and you want to avoid professional refinishing, try painting them instead. White is chic but will show every dropped crumb; pale grey and blue are also classic choices. If you want to get creative, try stencilling a design onto the painted floors.

Get energy-efficient with your appliances.

We’re all trying to lessen our carbon footprint, and your outdated kitchen appliances are a great place to start. If an appliance upgrade is in your future, be sure to make it energy efficient! You’ll get a modern look while saving water and energy — good for the Earth and your bills. Consider replacing plumbing fixtures as well, as low-flow kitchen faucets save a lot of water. Updating your kitchen shouldn’t only be for aesthetics; it should also help save you money and the Earth’s resources.

Give people a place to sit.

Your kitchen is most likely the busiest area of your home and the place people are most likely to congregate in. Modern kitchens embrace this by adding seating to the kitchen. Whether you choose countertop stools and seats at a breakfast bar, or you opt for a banquette or bench at a window-side table, seating can make your kitchen have a whole new appeal. Busy families with children doing homework to parents entertaining friends while cooking makes seating essential in your modern kitchen.

Modernise your countertops

Your countertops also get a large portion of real estate in your kitchen. While outdated kitchens may have the inconvenient tile-and-grout or cheap vinyl for workspace, the variety of countertop surfaces options out there today are endless. Foom solid surfacing varieties that consist of resin and polymers to natural stone varieties such as marble and granite, there’s an option for everyone’s style and budget. Over the last few years, designers are becoming increasingly creative and are using heavy-duty structural materials for countertops. So add concrete, brick, tile, to your list, too.

Liven up your walls

Consider using rich-coloured wall paint to accentuate the other contents in the room. This works especially well in a Mediterranean-style kitchen.

Instantly modernise your outdated kitchen without the drama of an entire remodel by incorporating these simple and easy updates and turn your kitchen into a work of art for fun, food, family, and friends.

Takedown walls

The compartmentalised and boxed-in feeling of outdated kitchens built generations ago is very common. If you’re looking to open up your kitchen and share the view with an adjacent dining room or living room – consider knocking down some partitions! This method works well for non-load-bearing walls that don’t carry any structural value. Your kitchen can grow in size, or it can just get opened up to other areas of your home. While your kitchen could look fabulous as-is, what would it look like without that bothersome wall? If you’re unsure if this is possible – consult a structural engineer or architect to see what possibilities there are for your kitchen. Hitch Property Constructions has an extensive range of kitchen renovation Melbourne to take the hassle out of deciding the right furniture that matches.

From updating finishes and materials to bringing in colour, illumination, and space – the options abound for your outdated kitchen. 

Stick to one special splurge

Dreaming of granite countertops but wary of the cost? It’s okay to splurge on special countertops if you keep a tight budget on everything else. For instance, use inexpensive tile and off-the-shelf cabinetry to save a great deal of money as well as keeping the original layout of the room and not moving the plumbing.

Add a Plate Rack

You could leave your dishes tucked away behind closed doors. Or, if they’re interesting and vibrant, you could create a place to display them, freeing up precious storage space and adding a splash of colour to your kitchen.

Install a Pull-Out Cabinet Shelf

Make the most of your kitchen’s existing storage space by installing a pull-out shelf in one—or all—of the base cabinets. The shelf resembles a shallow drawer that glides out for easy access to items stored in the back of the cabinet.

Recycle and repurpose

Try using a refurbished hardware-store counter as your kitchen island. Another great idea is to spray paint your existing island pendants for an instant update for virtually no money at all.

Use spots of bold colour

Although most people are afraid of wild, bold colours or patterns, using them in small places throughout adds just the right amount of decor splash in such places as bold-coloured tablecloths, artwork, dish towels, or countertop appliances.

Embrace contrast

Black-painted solid oak kitchen cabinetry offers a dramatic contrast to cream or white planked kitchen walls. On the other hand, consider modern white cabinets against strong-patterned wallpaper for an even more drastic but exciting appearance.

Include natural wood accents

An entire wooden island paired with barn wood beams conveys a cozy, traditional ambience in a kitchen. You can never go wrong with wood.

Indulge in high-end appliances

New appliances instantly make a kitchen feel new and updated. If your budget allows, incorporate a large range, a stainless steel refrigerator, and marble countertops.

Install a fun backsplash

Consider a fun and colourful kitchen backsplash to add loads of style and charm. Choose from various textures, materials, styles, and colours to complement your kitchen’s overall decor.

Add sconces. 

Swing-arm sconces above open shelving provide lovely ambient light and offer more personality than standard recessed or track lighting. Ideally, an electrician would install them with the cords hidden, though it may be possible to use plug-in versions with cord covers concealing the dangling cords.

Mix the new with the old

Traditional country charm such as beadboard cabinetry, an apron-front sink, and a repurposed barn wood island offers a warm but interesting contrast to sleek stainless steel appliances.

Work in rustic elements.

Farmhouse accents instantly add warmth and character to a bland kitchen. Replace the kitchen or pantry door with a sliding barn door, hang copper pots from a ceiling rack or bring in a timeworn antique wooden stool.

Install an extra-deep sink

An extra-deep sink combined with convenient open shelving make cleaning up easy, as well as washing huge pots a breeze. We especially love the charm of farmhouse sinks.

Create a cozy spot

A cozy window seat looking out to a beautiful backyard makes the perfect spot for morning coffee. Try adding pillows with intricate patterns and bold colours to boost the room’s overall design.

Add unforgettable details

Original hand-carved elaborate scrollwork around the windows paired with functional butcher-block island counters leave a memorable impression on guests.

Instantly modernise your outdated kitchen without the drama of an entire remodel by incorporating these simple and easy updates and turn your kitchen into a work of art for fun, food, family, and friends.

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