REAL-LIFE KITCHEN RE­VAMPS

Two kitchens with two dif­fer­ent rea­sons for a makeover: what they have in com­mon are fan­tas­tic (and af­ford­able) re­sults.

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Hub of your home look­ing tired and old? Up­date it with a fan­tas­tic and af­ford­able flat-pack – you can DIY!

1. STYLISH FLAT-PACK

AF­TER BUY­ING THEIR FIRST HOME in outer Mel­bourne, James and Lucy kicked off a full house reno by knock­ing down a cou­ple of walls to cre­ate an open-plan space. When it came time to rip­ping out the old kitchen and re­plac­ing it with a brand new one, James and Lucy knew ex­actly what they wanted it to look like.

PLAN­NING IT

“Even though the ex­ist­ing U-shaped kitchen worked, we de­cided to plan for an L-shaped de­sign,” says James. To get a feel for what it would look like, Lucy used the Ka­boo­dle on­line 3D de­sign plan­ner.

“I cre­ated a few con­cepts, which helped us vi­su­alise what the new kitchen would look like in the space we had to work with,” she says.

CHOOS­ING THE DE­SIGN

A new kitchen gave James and Lucy the op­por­tu­nity to mod­ernise the space. “We were so happy to ditch the green colour scheme,” Lucy says. “We chose Ka­boo­dle’s Lu­mi­ness Metal­lic and Nougat Truf­fle doors to cre­ate a two-tone look.

The Cal­cutta Gloss lam­i­nate bench­top tied in amaz­ingly well.”

To keep the look smooth and sleek, they chose small door pulls. “I liked the com­bi­na­tion of us­ing Dis­creet Grip han­dles for our base cab­i­nets and push-to-open hard­ware for our wall cab­i­nets,” says James.

PUTTING IT TO­GETHER

It seems in­stal­la­tion was a breeze. De­mo­li­tion, how­ever, had its ups and downs. “James had no trou­ble with as­sem­bling the kitchen,” Lucy says.

“But he did have an off mo­ment rip­ping out the old kitchen. He got a bit car­ried away and some­how the old bench­top found it­self through a win­dow!”

WHY IT WORKS

“We are so in­cred­i­bly happy with the end re­sult,” Lucy says. “Our kitchen is now one of the core hubs of our home be­cause it’s just so in­ter­con­nected with each room. We love it!”

“When we look back at our old kitchen, we can’t be­lieve how dif­fer­ent it looks!”

2. AF­FORD­ABLE RENTAL RENO ANDY AND TINA RE­CENTLY DE­CIDED the time was right to spruce up the tired kitchen in their in­vest­ment prop­erty, when they found them­selves be­tween leases. They kept things sim­ple by stick­ing to the ex­ist­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion, and chose neu­tral shades to cre­ate an ul­ti­mate blank can­vas so the new ten­ants could add their own style.

PLAN­NING IT

Time was of the essence for this ren­o­va­tion. “The kitchen had started to look out of date and run down, so we de­cided to rip it out and paint the walls to give the whole room a bit of a re­fresh,” says Andy. “We didn’t want the prop­erty to be with­out ten­ants for too long, so we chose Ka­boo­dle be­cause of the DIY flat-pack op­tions.”

CHOOS­ING THE DE­SIGN

“We had some fun plan­ning the colour scheme and choos­ing what went where,” says Tina. “Of course we went with white cab­i­nets. I loved the Ya­ma­roo con­crete-look bench­top be­cause of its con­trast with the tim­ber floor.” For con­ve­nience, they kept the lay­out the same but, with com­fort in mind, Andy and Tina chose to ex­tend the break­fast bar. “We knew our new ten­ants would ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra bench space!” Colour was also an im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tion. “In­stead of us­ing white tiles for the splash­back, Tina sug­gested grey with black grout,” Andy ex­plains. “They not only look great but also hide any marks from gen­eral cook­ing.”

PUTTING IT TO­GETHER

When the day came to in­stall the new kitchen, it was time to call in a few favours. “Andy roped his brother into help­ing us with the in­stal­la­tion, since he knows a thing or two about build­ing,” says Tina. “They put the cab­i­nets to­gether twice as fast.” Andy says the big­gest hur­dle they faced was mak­ing sure the cab­i­nets were level. “The walls weren’t per­fectly squared, so we spent a bit of time ad­just­ing the cab­i­net heights,” he says.

WHY IT WORKS

“Re­plac­ing the old kitchen, up­grad­ing the tiles and paint­ing the walls re­ally brought the place to life,” says Tina. Andy agrees. “All our ef­forts paid off. We’d rec­om­mend a flat-pack kitchen for what we saved. It’s a re­ward­ing process do­ing it your­self, too.“

af­ter Is­land home “We opted for an L-shaped de­sign with an is­land for bet­ter ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” James ex­plains.

af­ter Light and bright The neu­tral colour scheme opens and bright­ens the space, and is a draw­card when at­tract­ing new ten­ants.

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