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DIY Weekend Projects: Your Go-To Guide For A Kickass Kitchen Refurb

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So, you have just two days and you want to make as much of an impact as you possibly can? Is it really possible to transform your kitchen in just one weekend and to get a finish that is truly professional?

The short answer is absolutely. Your kitchen can be taken from old fashioned and boring to clean and fresh in less than a weekend and, with a little Home Logic know-how, you can easily do it yourself...

Kitchen Refurbishment: What It Is And Why It Matters

Replacement kitchen doors are probably the kitchen industry’s best kept secret. Not only can you take your current kitchen and give it a complete makeover in just a few hours, you can also save a small fortune on the usual costs of a full kitchen replacement. Add in a few more finishing touches and your kitchen will have the exact look you want - all within a single weekend.

Your average kitchen company want to sell you the whole package - redesign, kitchen cabinets, tiling, flooring, worktops and appliances and this can cost you upwards of £10,000.

However, for a few hundred pounds and a little of your time and effort, your kitchen can have a makeover that looks the part and you’ll be sitting down and enjoying your new bright kitchen by Sunday evening.

So...where to start with your upgrade endeavour? Yes, the project can seem overwhelming; that's why we've broken it down into 6, actionable steps to help you gear up for the task at hand:

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 Decide on the company you want to use and maybe do a little research on the colours and door style you want. Many companies will send out samples or you can visit showrooms so you can see the doors in person

Step One: Place Your Order

Ok - we admit, this has to be done in advance of the actual weekend. Most kitchen door replacement companies can deliver in a relatively short time frame, but you probably need to give them at least a few weeks to deliver exactly what you want. The process to order replacement kitchen doors is really straightforward:

●    Decide on the company you want to use and maybe do a little research on the colours and door style you want. Many companies will send out samples or you can visit showrooms so you can see the doors in person.
●    Measure your current doors carefully. The best way to do this is to remove the door and measure the inside. This will be more accurate as you will not be affected by any decorative features on the door. Most kitchen cabinets are standard sizes - although replacement door companies can usually do bespoke doors if needed.
●    Place your order using the online service - but do call the company if you have any questions. Getting this order right is an important step towards the success of your weekend makeover.
●    Choose and order new hinges, door handles and other accessories such as plinths, end panels and trims so that you have everything you need.
●    If you want - you can also pop to your local DIY store and get some fresh paint and a new kitchen window blind to complement your new doors.
●    Don’t forget to check your order when it arrives.

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While the doors are off, it is a good time to give your kitchen cupboards a thorough clean, including the outer edges of the cabinets. You want your new doors to be added to a clean kitchen or the effect will be less dramatic

Step Two: Remove Your Old Doors

Using a simple screwdriver you need to strip away the old doors and any other parts of the kitchen you are replacing. The hinges can often be reused, but if you have new ones, you can remove these too.

Old kitchen doors can usually be recycled at your local council refuse centre and it is important that you do this. The best thing is that you won’t need a skip - the doors will most likely fit easily into your car for the trip to the tip.

Step Three: Clean And Spruce Them Up!

While the doors are off, it is a good time to give your kitchen cupboards a thorough clean, including the outer edges of the cabinets. You want your new doors to be added to a clean kitchen or the effect will be less dramatic.

This is also a good time to repaint your kitchen walls. You don’t need to worry about the paint splashing on your new doors and you have easier access. Most kitchen walls are fine with a basic emulsion paint, although you might want to consider a wipeable paint for areas near the sink and hob.

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The best approach for the handles is to design a “jig” or template using card and use this to ensure the handles are placed exactly where you want them to be on every door. You may find it easier to decide on handle placement once the doors are in place

Step Four: Add In Some Hinges And Handles

Kitchen replacement doors usually come with pre-drilled holes for the hinges, so it is a simple task to add these to both the cabinets and the doors. Your doors are not likely to have holes drilled for the handles as everyone likes these in a different place (and in many cases a door is handleless).

The best approach for the handles is to design a “jig” or template using card and use this to ensure the handles are placed exactly where you want them to be on every door. You may find it easier to decide on handle placement once the doors are in place.

Step Five: Attach Your Distinctive New Doors

Now comes the exciting bit (and it is still only saturday afternoon!). Your doors should quickly and easily be attached to the hinges on the carcasses.

You will find that each one will need to be adjusted to ensure a similar gap between each. This can be done with a screwdriver and by using the adjustable hinge mechanism. Your doors will be fitted and adjusted within an hour.

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Achieving an attractive finish includes having a matching items or even an eclectic mix of accessories that give your kitchen personality. There’s a good chance you still have all of Sunday to do a little shopping and get the kitchen looking exactly how you want!

Step Six: Accesorise Till Your Heart's Content!

Now that you have your new style and colour doors, you can add the finishing touches. This might include a new kitchen blind, new display accessories like bowls, a kettle, toaster and so on.

Achieving an attractive finish includes having a matching items or even an eclectic mix of accessories that give your kitchen personality. There’s a good chance you still have all of Sunday to do a little shopping and get the kitchen looking exactly how you want.

Need More Ideas? Here's 5 Further Tips To Inspire Your Efforts...

Hopefully our steps will have shown you some of the benefits but here’s a few more just to inspire your further:

●    Replacement doors are so much cheaper than a full kitchen. The onlie suppliers are not paying retail overheads like your local DIY store will, so they can offer excellent prices. 
●    The doors are usually excellent quality and made from solid MDF and coated with vinyl for an easy to care for finish.
●    The choice of doors is huge. You can have almost any combination of colour and style you want and all of the latest looks are catered for from very traditional through to very modern. This includes high gloss and metallic finishes.
●    Your doors can be designed to fit any size carcass - even if your kitchen has some very awkward spaces.
●    You will save money on builder costs, waste disposal, plumbing work, tile replacement and floor replacement. 

Kitchen door replacement is a great way to get a new looking kitchen in just a few hours. It really is one of the easiest and most effective weekend DIY jobs and you’ll love the money saving too! Perfect! Whether you're desperate to replace a door, or need instant, expert advice, talk to our team direct by calling 0800 1700 636!