A DIY kitchen update produces impressive results.
A quick and inexpensive update to a galley kitchen lifts the look of a dark open-plan area in an historic 1800s country home.
IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS SINCE Sophie updated her kitchen and over that time she’s realised she should have gone for a lighter finish to help make the room feel bigger and brighter.
Fortunately, the existing cabinets were in good condition and they could be easily updated with new doors, handles and benchtop. Sophie found it much easier to select the products this time around as she just needed to match the door sizes like for like and change over a mismatching cabinet to make it more uniform. And deciding on a style was easy, as Sophie’s home is in such a rural area and the age of the home lends itself to a classic country look. “I loved Kaboodle Kitchen’s solid timber benchtops and ended up going for Vic Ash as it contrasted nicely against the hardwood timber beams of the roof,” says Sophie. The cabinet doors are in Antique White and the knobs in matt black – a perfect combo.
Sophie and her friend tackled the kitchen installation themselves and managed to knock it over in a weekend. “The doors just clipped straight off and I just needed to take the old hinge and put it on the new door,” explains Sophie. “Changing panels and the kickboard was slightly more complicated as we needed to cut silicone but we got there in the end and the results are fantastic. I am so happy with how everything turned out. It’s like a brandnew kitchen but it’s so familiar. I’m amazed how much of a difference it’s made to the feel of the room and I especially love the matt black knobs. At least I know where to go for my next kitchen in another 10 years!”
Matt black knobs create a classic, timeless look