Your kitchen is the hub of your family home – a place where you’ll come together at least once a day to share food and stories, a thoroughfare that you’ll no doubt pass through multiple times each week, and the spiritual heart of your family. Despite its inherent importance, there’s often a tendency to neglect the kitchen. Surely such a space deserves a makeover, though? The good news is that turning your shabby kitchen into a shabby chic kitchen couldn’t be simpler, and it’s not going to break the bank either.

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From layout to décor: your dream kitchen

First thing’s first; what do you adore, and what’s got to go? As a busy family, you need a kitchen that’s going to work for you, so take this opportunity to assess your appliances, and analyze your space’s layout. Wherever you can, replace equipment that’s tired and failing, or ensure that it’s serviced properly to keep your home safe. Are there any corners of your kitchen that don’t work so well? Again, wherever space allows, consider a reshuffle of your furniture and mobile appliances, as this will improve the flow and general feel of your kitchen as well as breathing new life into it.

Now is the time to replace or redecorate threadbare cabinets and furniture; the vintage, shabby chic look is incredibly popular these days, and items can often be sourced or upcycled with very little effort or cost. Consider a large solid wood table at your kitchen’s heart, as this will last your family a lifetime, while cupboard doors and window frames can be given a lick of paint and a gentle sandpapering to achieve the desired look in no time at all. In terms of color, nothing says chic quite like pale pastel tones or neutral hues. Such shades never go out of style, and will complement your busy kitchen perfectly.

Accessories and personal touches: make your kitchen yours

Now, it’s time to get creative, using accessories and personal touches to bring the chic look together. Café-style shutters, for example, will allow you to control the flow of light in and out of your kitchen, as well as drawing attention to the style that you’ve created. Nothing says quaint Parisian bistro or rustic farmhouse kitchen quite like shutters. Intricate metalwork, such as antique-appearance pots and pans, bird cages, and decorative light fittings also lend themselves well to the chic look, while soft furnishings will ensure your family can relax in comfort and style during every meal, and fresh flowers will complete the look. Spruce up your cabinets with old family photographs, or draw inspiration from your travels with images and postcards from holidays.

There’s a common misconception that family kitchens must look a certain way in order to serve your home appropriately; family kitchens must feature years of artwork across every available surface, stains and scuffs where immaculate tiles were once laid, dated wallpaper that you meant to change before the kids came along but never got round to, and cabinets that are just about fit for purpose. However, there are a thousand and one cheap and easy ways to achieve a chic look.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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