Here it is, my kitchen renovation reveal.
You may have been following in recent posts (you can read them here) that we wanted to update our kitchen, make it more modern, but not spend alot. We wanted to achieve a modern but classic look, something like this.
We chose to not change the layout and the carcass of the kitchen to save money in plumbing and design costs. It is also a compact kitchen and the current layout works, so if its not broken, why fix it right?
We chose to spend on:
- New cupboard fronts and handles. We left the kitchen carcass layout and structure, measured the size of the door fronts and had them manufactured at a local cabinet maker. We then DIY installed them (with only a few minor mistakes were made!).
- Installing new overhead cupboards above the existing benchspace. It was a great wall space that was not utilised and added some much needed storage to the kitchen. Once again, we had these manufactured and installed ourselves.
- New benchtops. The old laminex benchtop had to go, it was textured and was inched with grime and dirt buildup when we moved in. It didn't matter how much Gumption was applied, it just felt icky! We chose Laminex Diamond Gloss in Carrara for the new benchtop with a waterfall feature. The gloss reflects the light and it a classic look that I don't feel will date quickly.
- A glass splashback. Removing the row of black tiles and installing a glass splashback which is much easier to keep clean (no grout lines!) and protects out walls!
- Installing a new skylight cover and removing the daggy, grotty old exhaust fan/skylight cover. The new cover new is recessed into the ceiling, allows great lightflow and lightens the kitchen.
- New sink and tapware. As we were replacing the benchop, it was an opportunity to change the sink and cut a new hole for it to sit in the benchtop. I am glad we did it, as it really completes the look.
- Adding extra downlights in the kitchen to make it lighter when using the kitchen at night.
- Removed the timber kickfaces at the front of the cabinetry and replaced with a two pac gloss white to match the cabinetry. It now makes the cabinets looks floating and your eye stops at the floor now, elongating the cabinetry.
- We replaced the windows and doors throughout the home, so as you can see the new white frame and architrave does wonders in opening up the kitchen space too!
I would have liked to share more progress shots with you, but my computer had other ideas and the other photos have gone MIA!
And now, here is the transformation...
You can see from the photos how light and bright the kitchen is now. We chose to stick with high gloss white cabinetry and a gloss benchtop and it reflects all the natural light that filters in from the sunny backyard and deck. It's not my dream kitchen, but its a great compromise from what was existing. Its modernised, practical and was cost effective.
My favourite part of the kitchen?
The nifty cupboard door we installed to hide the microwave. It is one appliance we hardly use, takes up alot of space and is an eyesore. I love how its now hidden when out of use. I also love looking out the kitchen window, watching the birds clambering along the fenceline, Coopar playing in the backyard and enjoying the sun that shines through.
What about you?
Whats your favourite part of my kitchen? What do you love about your kitchen? Have you tackled a DIY kitchen makeover before?
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