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What can I do to this kitchen?

Discussion in 'Styling & Decorating' started by mini2, 13th Jan, 2016.

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  1. mini2

    mini2 Well-Known Member

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    It's in pretty good nick but it just look pretty dated. What can I possibly do to it to make it look a little more modern? I was thinking replacing the bench tops with black stone of sort and possibly changing the splashbacks.

    The wooden floor looks better in the pics than in real life, at the very minimum they need to be sanded back and re-vanishing/staining.

    Any other ideas?
     

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    JacM VIC Buyer's Agent Business Member

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    Definitely paint the cabinetry and change the cabinet handles. Perhaps white cabinets, with polished chrome handles.

    Also changing the appliances to the stainless steel look would make things look more modern.

    I am a bit confused by the blank wall above the sink and dishwasher area. Perhaps a shelf with some modern looking nick-nacks, or plants/flowers.
     
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    If the kitchen cupboard's shell is in good condition you could get the wood coated in 2pac white with a semi-gloss and put new chrome handles on the doors. The splash-back looks fine but I would replace the bench-top to freshen it up.
     
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    I'm a big fan of 2pac white in kitchens as well. If there is space and you do change the cabinetry I would join the island to the side cabinets and make a decent size bench with seating/breakfast bar set up.
     
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    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    I would also paint the cabinets - it's the pine that's dated more than anything. I'd also stain the pine floors a different colour so they loose the orangey tone.
     
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    Some before and after pics of timber kitchen renos from the internet for inspiration. I'd probably change the kitchen tap to a goose-neck one. Low cost compared to the fancy look it offers.

    kitchen 3.jpg

    kitchen 1.jpg

    kitchen 2.jpg
     
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    kitchen 4.jpg
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Wood look is old fashioned and ages badly. Could paint it rather than replace it which would be cheaper - look at the pics JacM posted for example. Chuck some stainless steel handles on and some down lights in and it'll probably come good.
     
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    Yup I agree with the others. Nice fresh white cupboards with some new handles, tapware will make it look a lot more modern.

    A new bench top will make a big difference too.
     
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    Thanks all - seems like the consensus is to 2 pack it white, replace the benchtops, replace the tapware and give the cupboards some new handles (Masters have some of the Hafele heavily discounted...perfect timing). My current budget probably won't extend to replacing the appliances with stainless steel ones but I'll probably ordered some 3M Di-noc vinyl lookalike and tack it on the dishwasher to give it that finish.
     
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    I would paint out the timber, but I wouldn't use 2 pack. We have 2 pack kitchen at home and one door is getting pretty shabby but we cannot touch it up (I don't think so anyway). This is a rental we renovated before/after - I painted it inside and out. Was going to spray the top coat, but ended up rolling it with oil based paint. First coat (inside and out) was a stain blocker, then another coat, finally a top coat in gloss. IMG_6574.JPG IMG_6928.jpg IMG_6930.JPG IMG_6574.JPG IMG_6928.jpg IMG_6930.JPG IMG_7106.jpg IMG_6574.JPG IMG_6928.jpg IMG_6930.JPG IMG_7106.jpg
     
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    I was just going to ask, what do people do with the natural wood internals, so thanks for the pics @wylie. Results look great!
     
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    I'd be painting and installing a new stone benchtop. Not sure about black though?

    I'd definitely make the island benchtop bigger with larger overhangs.. There isn't enough room to put a cup of coffee on it at the moment.
     
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    I painted a kitchen in a rental with oil based gloss. It was surprisingly durable. I had it a couple of years after that and didn't have to touch it up. Just be aware that if you do the shelves in oil gloss they can be a bit sticky so lining is required or dishes will stick and ruin the paint.
     
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    This is a great transformation. Our son's kitchen is this dark blue. Do you remember how much it cost to have it painted?
     
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    Not specifically as the quote/price also included painting the whole house and painting all the bathroom tiles.

    If you sons place is in Brisbane too, I can forward you the painters details? I am happy with his work, (although I have only seen photo's), but the project manager who orchestrated the renovation for me was very happy with him.
     
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    Looks sweet - do you know if your painter rolled or sprayed the paint on?
     
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    No idea I'm afraid @mini2

    EDIT - atcually, I'm almost certain it wasn't sprayed, but I don't know if it was rolled or brushed.
     
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    Looked fantastic @Propagate if they didn't sprayed it on given the lack of marks on it.