As part of my Feature Friday post this week, I am sharing with you my kitchen and its renovation story.
When we bought our home back in September 2012, it has been a long term rental. We could see the home had good bones and structure, it just needed some TLC and a little love. The heart of the home, the kitchen was a simple U shape design with a great window overlooking the backyard. It had a dated laminex benchtop, which took me hours to scrub the grime and buildup from when we first moved in. It had white rickety cupboards, a random microwave shelf halfway up the wall and the most hideous skylight/vent contraption on the ceiling. At least there wasn't an ugly fluorescent light though, so really I mustn't complain!
When we moved in, we knew we wanted to update the kitchen, but not spend alot of money. Stone benchtops, two pack kitchen cupboards and features like marble were thought about, but then dismissed. Instead, we tackled the project DIY style and did it on a budget. It was a small space to work with and we didn't want to change the layout, as this would keep costs down for us.
On our list to transform were the following:
- New cupboard fronts and handles (leave the kitchen carcass layout and structure)
- New benchtops
- Install a new skylight cover, removing the existing one
- Install overhead cupboards to provide more cupboard space
- New sink and tapware
For inspiration, we trawled pinterest, home magazines and then The Block All Star series came on air. I fell in love with the kitchen from one of my favourite Block couples Josh & Jenna. They used Carrara marble throughout their Block renovation and I loved the simplicity of it paired with white cabinetry in their kitchen. I thought their kitchen was so simple, yet stylish and loved the impact of the Carrara marble look.
I am off for a weeks 4WD adventure to Fraser Island tomorrow and on my return I shall share with you the 'after' photos. I love what we have achieved in a small space and how much lighter and brighter it feels.
So stay tuned, looking forward to sharing more with you soon x
HAVE YOU EVER TACKLED A KITCHEN RENOVATION?
Was it a success, or a major flop?
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