TWICE AS NICE
Two couples, two kitchens, one thing in common: both were in need of style makeovers. Here’s how they did it.
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TOM AND MICHELLE’S original kitchen was outdated and dull, and what they really wanted was an open, organic space inspired by their favourite coffee spots.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!”
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.