I was recently lucky enough to have the pleasure of working with gentle soul Tamara (Tam) during my day job at Nikki Dudley Freelancing. It so happened that Tam and her hubby were elbow deep in renovating the heart of their home – the kitchen.
Naturally, us DIYers hit it off!
Words by Tamara Watson
Even before we got to the place of pulling out the first cupboard it took us a year to decide if we were going to put a stamp on our lovely new home. Through certain circumstances we decided to make that leap and have some fun creating. We had gone down the path of getting several quotes from kitchen renovation places for about $20,000 however it became clear that they were not able to come to the table with our dream kitchen. So here is our journey.
Our vision was to create a streamline, modern, family friendly kitchen with a rustic twist. For us Bunnings Kaboodle kitchen was the best option and was very simple to design and install. The kitchen planner on the website is great and tracking how much the kitchen will cost you is a great tool. Once we had agreed on the bases of our design and I finally got hubby over the line on building a walk in pantry we were ready to start. Time was on our side and as we were nervous as this was our first kitchen we simply bought 1 or 2 cabinets at a time and shifted things around as we went. Going with their standard gloss white fronts was so helpful as this is a line that Bunnings stock on the shelves and was great as we changed our mind to fit all our needs in. Putting in a mixture of large drawer with metal sides (everyone seems to love them), wall slim lines and some standard cupboards gave us an updated feel but also kept the costs down.
We always had our hearts set on wood benchtops which brought the kitchen together with polished concrete look tiles in the space. We found the amazing Joseph Woodworks at Beechmont who made our benchtops. If you like wood, you will love this company. They may be a little more looking after but the character and charm they bring to the space is worth it. Saving the best for last and that would be the walk in pantry. We were very lucky to have a vacant three meter square space off to the side of our kitchen which we transformed into a pantry with bench space and loads of storage. Hubby also incorporated a recess for the fridge to keep with the streamline energy of the space. Adding a splash of colour with some orange recycled swing doors. Let me share also that the recycled timber came in cheaper than Bunnings premade timber slabs.
The new heart of our home including all tiling (60 square metres), appliances, tools, trades and furniture cost us $18,500 which came in line with our cheapest kitchen quotes (which didn’t include any extras). We are so thrilled with our new addition and now we need to build a shed to house all the new tools we purchased over the build.
We think this is one gorgeous, rustic kitchen renovation and especially love the timber bench top and matching stools, subway tiles, oven and especially the bold use of orange on the pantry door. Congratulations Tam – you both clearly have an eye for aesthetics and cohesion (and a very talented hubby)!
DIYers, we hope this real-life example has given you that extra nudge and inspiration. It sure has for us.
Are you ready to tackle your own kitchen reno?