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Update your kitchen for under $500

Dated kitchen but don't have the budget for a full reno?


A simple DIY flooring update will instantly give your kitchen the refresh it needs.


When I moved into my home, the kitchen had a stained, bubbling, ugly floor - original from the 1960s. As much as I wanted to overhaul the whole kitchen, I didn't have the budget. Luckily there are a number of inexpensive flooring options available that are really easy to install on your own, and that make a really big impact on the overall feel of the kitchen.


First, I had to rip up the existing linoleum. Using a stanley knife and a scraper, I was able to peel off most of it (a few stubborn bits needed a bit more elbow grease). Make sure you scrape off any excess glue so the surface is as smooth, level and clean as possible.


I selected a wood-look vinyl flooring tile and got started. I chose a lighter almost whitewashed timber look which was in between the colour of the kitchen cabinets and the lounge carpet and got going.


The tiles were really easy to apply - simply peel the backing off and press down. Make sure you don't stick them on too tightly together as they will lift up at the edges.


Bunnings does a much better job of explaining the process, so for a great step by step guide, check it out:


Here is the final result:



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