The team at The Liv­ing Room trans­form an out­dated kitchen on a very tight bud­get.

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Paint and a few new items mod­ernise and trans­form an out­dated kitchen.

BEST FRIENDS ERIN AND TAMMY have dreamed of start­ing a busi­ness buy­ing, ren­o­vat­ing and sell­ing prop­er­ties for profit. To get off the ground, they first need to un­lock equity from Erin’s fam­ily home in the South­ern High­lands, NSW. An ini­tial mar­ket val­u­a­tion es­ti­mates the house to be worth $450,000. With a tight bud­get and ex­pert help from The Liv­ing Room’s Barry Du Bois and Cherie Bar­ber, Erin and Tammy man­aged to trans­form the out­dated kitchen (and bath­room, see page 72) with a cos­metic re­fresh, and boost the to­tal value of the home.


Lam­i­nate paint tinted in Taub­mans “Dove­tail” on the cab­i­netry and crisp white on the bench­tops took the kitchen from the 1990s to now. The yel­low tiles were given a lick of white tile paint, and the coloured glass doors were re­placed with frosted pan­els. The walls were re­painted and new down­lights in­stalled.


The kitchen and bath­room ren­o­va­tions cost about $9000, and the post-work val­u­a­tion came in at $500,000. Erin and Tammy made a gross profit of $41,000.

“The colours, bench­tops and han­dles make the kitchen feel fresher and brighter.”

True colours The con­tem­po­rary com­bi­na­tion of grey and white is fresh and stylish.

Flash­back The blue and yel­low fin­ishes did no favours for the tim­ber kitchen.

Paint up­date Tongue-and-groove pan­elling is on trend, so the girls just painted over it.

GET READY White Knight Tile & Lam­i­nate primer, $47.90 for 1L, from Bun­nings.

GREY AREA White Knight Lam­i­nate paint in Dove­tail, from $46.90 for 1L.

Shiny and new A new sink and tap mod­ernise the kitchen in­stantly.

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