Given it was a good-sized space, a brand-new kitchen would have cost at least $15,000, but I simply didn’t want to spend that much so I had to think of another idea. Knowing the buyer focus on the engine room of the home, I needed it to look like a new kitchen. I opted for the next best thing: changing the facade. By retaining the kitchen’s carcass, updating the cupboard and drawer fronts in a striking charcoal grey laminate, and upgrading some of the internals with fiddly carpentry, I was able to pull off this kitchen transformation for just $10,000. I saved on demolition and skip costs, and the expense of buying and installing an entirely new kitchen.