A ‘new’ kitchen for under £1,000 – 10 Tips

A ‘new’ kitchen for under £1,000 – 10 Tips

In both our first and second house renovations, we bought a second hand kitchen off ebay  – painted the doors and added new worktops and voila, good as new.

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If you are looking to do the same thing, here are some tips.

1. Ensure the kitchen doors and drawer fronts you buy are solid wood

Solid wood will last longer and the paint sits better on real wood rather than veneer or plastic. Although the unit carcasses are normally always chipboard.

2. Buy bigger than you need

Buy a kitchen that has more units and drawers than you need so that you can play around with the configuration of your kitchen.

We paid approx £200 for a second hand kitchen – there were additional units that we put in our cellar for storage.

3. Buy new handles/knobs

You will need to take the old handles off and use wood filler to fill the holes then your new handles can be fitted. We spent approx £20 on new handles.

4. Clean the wood using sugar soap

Use sugar soap to scrub off any grease from your door/drawer fronts and make sure you rinse any residue off well.

5.Use a good quality water based primer and water based paint

I bought both my primer and paint from Leyland Paints. I found that they provided good advice and their paint was high quality. Whilst it was water based, it withstood water splashes / moisture in the kitchen. In addition, they can colour match so you can choose a colour from the farrow and ball or the little greene paint company range. We spent no more than £150 on primer and paint.

6. Utilise your tin cans

I sat my kitchen door and drawer fronts on tin cans whilst I painted either side – this stops the edges sticking on any surface/paper they lie on and then peeling once you lift them off.

7. Replace old runners/hinges

Available from toolstation.

8. Tiles

We bought our kitchen tiles from Wallsandfloors.co.uk which I loved as they deliver sample tiles for as little as £1 and they have a huge range as well as fantastic prices.

9. Buy secondhand appliances

You can buy some great branded appliances for your kitchen on ebay or preloved that are still in ‘as new’ condition for very little. We purchased the Stoves range in this picture for £500 and it was like new.

10. Instead of buying new shelving, build your own.

We built our shelving in our new kitchen using new 3×2 panels of wood, and then waxed the wood to give it an older and more expensive look. The shelf brackets we used are from toolstation.


  1. Some great tips here! WallsandFloors are great value for money, just been looking at their site.

  2. Absolutely accurate tips!

  3. Absolutely accurate &wonderful tips!!!love the ideas.Thanks for the post

  4. These are really awesome tips. Thanks for sharing this post.

  5. Thank you for sharing! What a lovely article and the photos are amazing too! I love how you put together these information on “A ‘new’ kitchen for under £1,000 – 10 Tips”. Easy to read, very relatable and great tips! Can’t wait to read more!
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  6. so i finally made up my mind to must follow this…and luckily i did…turned out to be super awesome for my kitchen…thanks for sharing this 🙂

  7. Hi Jen, comgrats on the post.

    I tell you what, you guys are brave to buy second hand kitchen units … and the only thing that worries me is that you don’t really know in which conditions has been kept the wood previously.

    Having said that … your kitchen renovation looks very beautiful … you can’t really say it’s a reno … it looks brand new!

    I liked very much, thanks for sharing!
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  8. Really it’s amazing tips. Thank you for shear a great idea.

  9. Wow, awesome!

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