Smart ways to save on your kitchen renovation

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Smart ways to save on your kitchen renovation


Why splurge on a brand new kitchen when you can simply build on what you’ve got? Cherie Barber reveals some clever shortcuts for those on a tight budget.


With the first hint of warm spring weather your home entertaining calendar is bound to start hotting up, too. But is your old kitchen up to the task? If you’ve been putting off renovating one of the most important rooms in your house because the job seems too daunting, or you simply can’t face the inconvenience of having your kitchen out of action for weeks, here are some shortcuts you may not have considered.


They could be great ideas for investment properties, where you really don’t want to forfeit weeks of rental income through lengthy renovations or spend more than you have to. Or if you’re on a tight budget with your own kitchen renovation, these are some of the creative ways to stretch your dollar further. It all starts with working with what you’ve got.


Revamp, remodel, refresh …


If your kitchen is basically in sound structural shape, with no rotting carcasses (your cupboards, that is), cracked tiles or absurdly dated appliances, then one trip to your local hardware store and a few days’ work could be all you need for a completely modern look. It’s what I call a “cosmetic refresh” and I’ve transformed several kitchens this way for under $1000, using the fantastic range of resurfacing products now on the market. They are highly durable and ideal for kitchens that simply need a new lease of life.

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Your kitchen tiles, benchtops, appliances and cupboard fronts are all simply resurfaced or painted in fresh, modern colours, using products specially formulated for the task.  On your shopping list are:


  • White Knight Tile Paint (just choose the colour that suits)
  • White Knight Laminate Paint (for the cupboards) – tintable to almost any colour
  • White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer (for the undercoating of tiles and cupboards)
  • Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations (a resurfacing kit for your benchtop, in a range of “stone lookalike” shades)
  • Rust-Oleum Stainless Steel (a paint with real stainless steel pigments to revamp old kitchen appliances)
  • Rust-Oleum Epoxy Appliance Paint (for powder-coated appliances, like a fridge, dishwasher or enamel-coated stove, that may have chipped or faded and simply need a shiny, new look)


All these products come with detailed instructions on how to apply them and a proficient DIYer or handyman should have no problems transforming your kitchen within a week, allowing for drying times between coats. Just like a coat of paint can dramatically change a house, a cosmetic refresh like this delivers an amazing result for little cost.

You can watch my video on how to transform a benchtop with the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations kit.


Cherie Barber


Disclaimer: This article contains general information. Before you make any financial or investment decision you should seek professional advice to take into account your individual objectives, financial situation and individual needs.


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