Two cou­ples, two kitchens, one thing in com­mon: both were in need of style makeovers. Here’s how they did it.

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Two kitchens, two fab new looks: cafe and in­dus­trial.


JON AND EMMA HAVE al­ways liked the raw fea­tures and open-plan style of their apart­ment. When it came time to up­date the kitchen, find­ing ma­te­ri­als that would com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing tex­tures was a high pri­or­ity.

When choos­ing the fit­tings and fix­tures for their kitchen ren­o­va­tion, Jon went for doors and pan­els in a mod­ern, dark gloss. Emma chose the stone-coloured lam­i­nate fin­ish for the bench­tops. Jon put the kitchen to­gether him­self, and en­joyed get­ting stuck into the tools as he hadn’t ven­tured into this space be­fore. “When you put the fin­ish­ing touches to­gether, the per­son­al­ity re­ally starts to come through,” he says. Jon was par­tic­u­larly happy with how the bar han­dles and square chrome legs on the cab­i­netry tied in with the ex­posed beams. “Once we had all those on, we were re­ally happy with the di­rec­tion we chose,” he says.

Jon and Emma don’t plan to stop now – they have plans to work on the bath­room next, keep­ing the in­dus­trial theme through­out the apart­ment.


TOM AND MICHELLE’S orig­i­nal kitchen was out­dated and dull, and what they re­ally wanted was an open, or­ganic space in­spired by their favourite cof­fee spots. “We drew in­spi­ra­tion from some of our favourite sub­ur­ban cafes, which is why we went for the tim­ber-look cab­i­nets and dark bench­tops as a con­trast,” ex­plains Tom.

Nei­ther Tom or Michelle had in­stalled a DIY kitchen be­fore, but the few mi­nor chal­lenges were over­come with time and fa­mil­iar­ity. Michelle was sur­prised at how well every­thing came to­gether, and thrilled that the look they were hop­ing for re­ally came to life. “I some­times walk in here and think I’m in my own lit­tle cafe,” says Michelle. “I just need a lit­tle sign out the front!”

Sleek so­lu­tions

Dark gloss cup­boards and chrome fin­ishes match the in­dus­trial feel of this apart­ment.

Plain and sim­ple

The old kitchen lacked style and stor­age.

Lighten up The new kitchen is brighter and more mod­ern, with a dark bench­top to con­trast the light wood-look.

Round to it

Sim­ple han­dles and mod­ern pro­file doors keep the kitchen look­ing con­tem­po­rary.

Dark and daggy

The kitchen was old and drab, in des­per­ate need of new life.

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