It's the one room that estate agents will tell us can help sell a house and it's the one room where it's common place to spend thousands.
But what if you haven't got thousands to spend? Does that mean that you have to put up with an outdated kitchen space? Not any more!
With Frenchic Al Fresco, an indoor/outdoor chalk paint, with a built in waterproof sealer, you can revamp your kitchen for less than £100.
I've just refreshed mine for a cost of £32.90, one tin of each colour on 15 cupboard doors, 9 drawers and an island with 3 cupboards and drawers in it too. £32.90, I know right!
So, how can you do this?... it's an easy process to follow.
First off I'd recommend joining the Frenchic Fan Forum on Facebook. It's a group for the brand, with over 85,000 members - a lot of them have painted their kitchens, so there's plenty of before and after photos, help and advice to be had.
You can use Al Fresco on almost any surface, so it makes it very versatile. Wood, plastic, stone, metal, upvc, composite it can all be painted.
The most important part of the process is starting with a clean base.
If your surface is glossy or very sleek you will need to give it a 'key' by lightly sanding with a medium grit sand paper and if there are any flaky areas from a previous paint covering, like mine, then give them a light sanding over too.
Once clean and dry you are ready to paint.
You can use a brush or a foam roller (a roller will use more paint), the choice is yours. I would recommend using a synthetic brush, its quick and easy to clean with soapy water and remember that there are no toxins or solvents in the paint.
I removed all the handles but only took the doors off the ones that opened against the end panels.
Frenchic Al Fresco is self priming, self levelling and self sealing so it has everything you need in the tin. It also goes a long way - you'll be surprised how far!
Use light, long, even brush strokes - the first coat always looks a bit pants but don't despair! The magic happens on the second coat and 2 coats is usually enough. Make sure you allow 2 hours between coats to allow the paint to dry underneath as well as on the surface.
Over the next 2-3 weeks the paint cures and gets harder so you'll be able to wash it down and carry on with normal life, but now you will have a fabulous 'new' kitchen without spending ££££'s.
Go check out some before and afters in the FFF.
Don't be daunted by painting your own kitchen. Lots of people have done theirs and you can do it too! What are you waiting for?
Frenchic Alfresco Swankypants (cupboards)
Steel Teal (island)