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Well it’s been just over two years since we finished our kitchen renovation which means I’m two years too discovering that buying used and ex display kitchen models is actually a thing? I’m clearly not as savvier shopper as I thought!

But yes, believe it guys, you can do just that over at the Used Kitchen Exchange. It’s like an online showroom so you can browse the kind of styles you like, you can see the cost upfront, no hidden add ons, and the best part, you can see them in situ already. I find that so helpful, I remember picking my kitchen from a catalogue and hoping and praying that it would look good once it was all in, because all I had to go off was a CGI image and my imagination but I just couldn’t picture the finished look. This way, you can see it how it looks already making life a lot easier. Not only are the kitchens at a fraction of their original retail price, sometimes you’ll find appliances are included too, if only I knew before there were kitchens that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Obviously the downside to this route is that technically the kitchens are not brand new, even if they are ex display models, they have been used in some way, so I thought I’d put together a list of ways to put your own stamp on a second hand kitchen. A sort of ‘How To’ on how to make it your own.

 

STRIKING LIGHTING

Good lighting is a must on my list, unless you are blessed with the biggest windows giving you natural light flooding in all day, you need decent lighting. In my kitchen I have a mixture of spotlight bulbs in the ceiling and pendant feature lighting (exposed bulbs – my favourite) over the breakfast bar, and that right there is my favourite striking lighting of all. The breakfast bar is such an important place in our kitchen because we eat 90% of our meals there, I do a lot of work there sat on my laptop, it’s where guests sit when they visit while you’re making a pot of tea, so for me it’s almost like the focus point of the kitchen which is why it needs to be highlighted with gorgeous lighting.

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FEATURE SINKS & TAPS

Coming very closely in at second is statement sinks and taps. I’m currently obsessing over the amazing range that Olif have – gold, brushed gold, copper, matte black. You name it they’ve got it covered. I’m actually having to have new worktops fitted in my kitchen over the next few months due to the oak worktop I have splitting in several places, and I think I might just have to switch my taps and sink up!

Gold Kitchen Taps

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Gold Kitchen Sink

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CABINET HANDLES

Changing up handles is a great way of giving a new lease of life to any furniture around the house, bedside tables, bathroom vanities and of course kitchen cupboards. Naturally as I’m still all about the gold trend, Buster & Punch are my favourite hardware store that I’ve come across so far, oh and Lew’s Hardware (but sadly they are in the UK). Another great store if you’re looking for more than just metal options, is Superfront – they do have a gorgeous range of metal options but leather and marble options too.

Brass Kitchen Handles

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REPLACING WORKTOPS

Worktops are something that can really change the entire look of your kitchen, wether you’re looking to brighten it up or maybe you’re inspired by trends and fancy marble, concrete, even copper worktops. If you haven’t already checked out Jade at Number Five Interiors, I suggest you do so immediately. She recently her kitchen renovated and whilst I adore the whole set up from the herringbone tile layout to the marble effect worktop, her copper island worktop is absolutely divine. It’s really put her stamp on it and transformed the whole space, who knew worktops could be such a feature?!

Copper Kitchen Worktop

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Copper Kitchen Worktop

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And there you have it, four ways to revamp a second hand kitchen, whilst putting your own stamp on it at the same time.

*This post is sponsored by The Used Kitchen Exchange but as always my opinions are my own.