Is it time for a kitchen spruce up?

Unless you are planning a complete re-think of your kitchen design, and perhaps a switch from a modern kitchen to a traditional look, or vice-versa, there are ways to give your existing kitchen a lift, a spring up-date, and some sprucing to restore and revitalise your love of your kitchen and what goes on in it.
If you consider your kitchen is pretty good already, consider whether some “quick fixes” will further enhance it. Growing some herbs or flowers on a kitchen window sill, or in a corner feature of your kitchen furniture. Something living in your kitchen brings not only a splash of natural colour to your kitchen, but gives it a “living” vibe.
If your kitchen cabinets and drawers are basically sound, then look at ranges of new drawer and cupboard handles and knobs- a quick and cheap way to transform your kitchen. If you have natural wood kitchen cupboards, then consider whether a stain could transform your kitchen. For example, a light green stain on pine can produce a startlingly different feel to your kitchen. These days you can even get kitchen equipment in matching colours from many well-known manufacturers. Imagine having a matching toaster, electric jug kettle and fridge all in matching colours?
A good kitchen should usually centre on the cooker. You may prefer a modern ceramic electric or gas hob or a range oven (particularly good for traditional or country kitchens). It must have worktops either side – and these must be totally clear of dishes, books, bottles, condiments, toys, keys and all the other clutter and detritus that can build up if you are not careful. It can also be dangerous to have combustible things near a source of heat.
In fact a good spring clean of all your kitchen pots, pans, plates, cups and cutlery will probably result in chipped, stained or not-used-for-ages items being thrown out or given to the charity shop.
You can gain extra storage space by fitting a tension rod inside your cupboards. Very cheap, and not requiring any screws or glue. Try one in the under-sink cupboard- you can gain extra space to hang bottles, cleaning sprays and the like. Consider stick-on hooks or similar devices on the back of cupboard doors- a great place to hang dish cloths, tea towels and maybe a sieve.
While we are on utilising storage space effectively, check all your kitchen drawers. Are they really tidy and full? They can be made to hold many more utensils and cutlery by using trays and dividers. It will also avoid you having to rummage around when looking for that garlic press”
Look at your drawers; these can hold many more utensils and household items if the space is properly managed. Fitting cutlery trays and drawer dividers keeps the contents of the drawer easily accessible.
Finally, make sure you clean your kitchen from ceiling to floor every month. That prevents the build-up of stains and grease that can take the shine off your kitchen!