Before and after: 1 kitchen, 3 different renovations


Before & after: 1 kitchen, 3 different renovations

If you’re planning on doing a kitchen makeover yourself, the first ingredient you need is imagination. After that, it’s all about confidence.

Anything is possible with DIY – behold this ’70s-style kitchen in Melbourne. It was renovated a total of three times by a team of people varying in skillsets and trade qualifications. The cost of the kitchen renos ranged from under AUD1,500 at the most affordable end to under AUD16,000 for the most expensive.

Here are the results…


Why stop at green-patterned floor tiles? You’ve simply gotta match it with some green laminate joinery, and don’t forget the yellow pine. At least that’s how it probably went down in the ’70s. The questionable colour scheme is not the only thing holding this kitchen back. Even a simple flaw like the positioning of the laminate table, closing off the space, makes the kitchen feel small and cramped.


1. French Industrial

Pendant lights, thick timber benchtops and an island bench to centralise the space have made this chic French Industrial kitchen look come together. Bunnings design consultant Leanne Watson says the industrial elements, such as solid timber benchtops, exposed galvanised pipe, suspended bulbs and rustic flooring, provide the raw features typical of industrial space. The addition of a printed brick splashback profiled cabinet doors and black hardware bring a French flair to the kitchen.

“The fusion of French provincial and industrial elements create a kitchen with a point of difference,” Leanne says. “The use of a printed brick splashback is a simple and effective DIY solution that fuses the two styles together.”

An elevated ceiling and island bench opens up the space.

Materials used in this project:

• Assorted Kaboodle kitchen cabinetry (Antique White/Alpine)

• Marquee Antique Pull Handle 128mm Matt Black Pk of 4

• Kaboodle Modular European Oak Benchtop 2250mm x 900mm

• Bellessi Printed Splashback

2. Monochrome

This streamlined, Scandi-inspired look is kept simple with a monochrome colour palette and classic touches, such as the marble-look benchtop. A DIY wire vertical garden brings a freshness and touch of greenery to the minimalistic look, anchored by bold black pendant lights. “This kitchen is a renovation of the existing layout without relocating services and utilising product stocked in our warehouses,” says Leanne. “We installed a brand new, stylish and appealing kitchen that’s both affordable and DIYfriendly.”

A look of classic simplicity without the burden of shifting power outlets or making structural changes.

Materials used in this project:

• Brilliant 240V Black Alexander Pendant Light

• Mondella Rumba Sink Mixer (tap)

• Windoware Escreen roller Blind, Graphite

• Mosaic Marble Look Hexagon Tiles – Coulson

• Mable look laminate benchtop – Kaboodle Modular Vanilla Cream

• Vinyl Plank timber look flooring – Senso Urban Black Tech Self Adhesive Vinyl Planks

3. Simple

The most affordable of the renovations, this pared-back kitchen just goes to show the wonders a bit of a tidy-up and lick of paint can do. Bold choices of black and grey laminate paints paired with white tile and benchtop finishes allow the timber-look breakfast table to be the stylish and functional focal point of this kitchen.

Pops of colour from the painted stools and concrete-look floor tiles add a contemporary lift. Leanne says those on a budget could achieve a similarly dramatic transformation to their kitchen using very cost-effective solutions. “Paint finishes provide a quick, easy update to tired surfaces,” she says. “Cost-effective vinyl stickdown flooring is a very simple, durable and DIY-friendly way to freshen an outdated look.”

Concrete-look flooring and pops of pink make for a contemporary, low-cost renovation.

Materials used in this project:

• Kaboodle Hickory Maple laminate benchtop

• White Knight Laminate paint & tile paint

• Senso Urban Loft Dark Vinyl Tiles

• Rustoleum Diamond White Benchtop Transformation Kit

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