AS GOOD AS NEW
The team at The Living Room transform an outdated kitchen on a very tight budget.
Paint and a few new items modernise and transform an outdated kitchen.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budget and expert help from The Living Room’s Barry Du Bois and Cherie Barber, Erin and Tammy managed to transform the outdated kitchen (and bathroom, see page 72) with a cosmetic refresh, and boost the total value of the home.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.
VALUE FOR MONEY
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.