Looking to renovate your kitchen on a budget? With a touch of style and some DIY know-how, Kelly did just that. Here’s her story.

Built in the 1950’s, our home inherited the narrow galley-style kitchen of its era.

In its compact form, like many old homes, the kitchen was small and dark, lacked storage and was uninviting. The one saving grace was the beautiful, original rimu timber floorboards.

We are a family that loves to cook so when we purchased the home, we knew the kitchen was going to need a serious overhaul.

Our aim was to create a room that was light, bright and functional. We wanted a kitchen that was fresh and simple, that maximised the space we had to play with.

Renovating on a budget can be hard – here’s how we did it
Operating on a limited budget meant we had to work with the layout we had. Pushing out the walls to extend the size of the room was unfortunately not an option. However, with an existing open plan layout adjoining the dining area and lounge, the space had some good potential.

We started by gutting the kitchen. Old cabinetry was stripped out, the empty hot water cupboard was removed and the walls were relined with gib. Losing the ugly peeling wallpaper in the process was a bonus.

Once the room was an empty shell, we worked with Placemakers to design a kitchen using modular sections. This meant we could create something that fit our space and – most importantly – suited our budget. It was a relatively simple process that allowed us to save money down the track by installing the cabinetry ourselves.

We cut costs by sourcing our bench top and sink from a yard that sells recycled building materials. Rather than disposing of the original pantry, we relocated it to our laundry to create additional storage.

I picked up some classic white subway tiles from Mitre 10 to create a stylish splashback around the stove top. My husband installed these after teaching himself how to tile (there’s a YouTube tutorial for everything these days).

Adding personality
Kitchens don’t have to be boring and devoid of personality. Have fun and stray from the conventional rules.

Because the door at the end of the room naturally draws you eye, I wanted to enhance that by painting it an unexpected colour. I chose a soft pinky hue in Dulux’s Point England shade.

Art is a firm favourite of mine and I like finding creative ways to incorporate it into our home. As avid coffee drinkers and lovers of Coffee Supreme, I’ve always admired the design aesthetic of their café signs.

I reached out to the company directly to source a sign – I love that it’s a unique feature which you won’t see in anyone else’s house.