Kitchen DIY Renovation - Before and After

Before...

We saved a lot of money building the cabinets ourselves.
We bought an airless spray gun for less than $200 and painted the door fronts with Antique White USA (same as the walls). The handles are from IKEA as is the tap and sink.
Stainless steel was purchased direct from a steel company, was extra thick and was less than $300.
We replaced the cooktop with a larger gas one, but kept the oven which works quite well.
The benchtop we made from concrete (see here) and made them deeper, we also cut out all the angles so it was less cramped.

Overall it is a much easier and larger kitchen to work in and didn't cost the earth.

8 comments:

  1. How is the bench top holding up - we've made one and are interested in how the sealer is doing on yours...

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  2. Bench top and Sealer doing extremely well, very easy to clean and doesn't have to be constantly polished up like some of the high gloss stone benches we have had before. Have you used the same sealer? Like anything if you treat it well, it will stand up over time I guess.

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  3. Love the cupboards, did u use a gloss paint on them?

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    1. Not that I recall, I didn't want a very shiny finish, it was a semi gloss and good quality water based enamel I think but we used a spray gun and did 3 or four layers with fine sanding in between when each layer. The finish is very strong indeed.

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  4. Great thanks for that. Good luck w ur future projects.

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  5. Hi the kitchen looks great, can I ask due to the weight of the concrete did u have reinforce the cupboards, did you use the original ones. My husband and I are looking at doing this exact project! Are you still happy with tge benches

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    1. Depends on your cupboards and the thickness of your concrete top I guess. We are still happy with it but don't live in the house anymore. About to do a new one in the next few months at the new house!

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