22 Jan

Written by Kristin on January 22, 2016

FESTIVE STYLEIf one of your resolutions for 2016 is to update your kitchen, you’re not alone. A new year often brings ideas of rooms we want to overhaul, paint, redecorate … but when you’re on a budget, a total reno isn’t exactly affordable. I’m still cringing at the cost of our kitchen update last year, which involved new walls, floors, tile splashback, granite worktops, furniture …  it took years to save up for the project. But if you don’t have thousands of pounds to spend on refreshing the look of your kitchen, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some ideas for cheerful, cheap kitchen bits and bobs, from plates to biscuit tins to storage, so you can give your kitchen a new look without the pricey construction work. Marks and Spencer are my go-to shop for the kitchen, and everything below is under £35!

I’ve bought most of my favourite tea tins and biscuit tins from M&S, and might need to add this gorgeous bohemian floral biscuit tin (£9.50) and matching set of two bohemian cake tins (£15) to my collection. They’ve also got coordinating bright floral tea, coffee and sugar tins, which are perfect to add a touch of spring to your kitchen. Plus, the set is only £12.50 for the three.

Bored of your old measuring cups? Why not replace them with cheerful red ones? This set of four melamine measuring cups (£6) will add a stylish look to your baking with the addition of the scallop design on the sides. On that note, might as well update your measuring spoons as well! I’m obsessed with these vintage style measuring spoons that look like something you’d find in your grandmother’s old cutlery set. They’re £15 for a set of four.

Speaking of cutlery, this four cake fork set with adorable floral handles is a must-have for spring parties (and only 10 quid). Pair the forks with matching floral cake plates (£22 for a set of four) and the lovely turquoise Rosalie cake stand (£29.50). There’s a matching £15 Rosalie pie dish, too, which makes me want to bake an apple pie ASAP.

A sleek new silver salt and pepper mill set with engraved words will look amazing on your table and only costs you £19.50. And of course, a few new mugs never hurt to freshen up the kitchen. I’m a fan of the four pack Tribeca mug set, offered in a turquoise or pink ombre, or the four stacker assorted mugs in modern, Orla Kiely-esque floral, checked and dot prints (£15).

Hanging a few new tea towels up and some oven gloves is a super cheap way to give your kitchen and a colorful new look. Some of my favourites from M&S: Hen print double oven gloves (£12.50), abstract print oven gloves (£12.50), three pack of assorted print tea towels in red mix and duck egg (£12.50), and the time for tea tea towel (£6). Hang your tea towels from this fab green apple shelf (£35) for a pretty wall display, or for a super affordable option, use these 5 dot wall hooks in bright colours, on sale for a mere £2.99!

Another way to add a new look to your kitchen is to hang some art on the wall, whether its your kids’ drawings, framed family photos, or an interesting print. This love lives here plaque is just £6 and perfect if you’ve got a blue and white colour scheme in your kitchen. Or, for a more vibrant option, check out this giraffe print in a bright pink frame (£19.50).

Got a favourite kitchen accessory or tips on how to update your space for less? Share with us in the comments! 







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