Thursday, 10 November 2011

Rental Reno - The Kitchen

Part 3 of the renovation of our rental cottage was to makeover the kitchen.  Here are the before photos (be warned - you may need sunglasses for the bright yellow cupboards)

Bright yellow cupboards.

The tenant had dropped a slow cooker onto the ceramic hot plates and smashed it.  The problem was all the control knobs for the cook plate were on the oven, so we had to replace both.

Massive brass ring pulls and hinges.  Really old dishwasher that doesn't work properly.

More frilly valances.

but it's not all bad - a lovely big pantry.

The bones of the kitchen were good.  It's just the yellow and brass had to go.  So I grabbed a tin of Dulux Aqua enamel in Whisper White and went to work.  Here is the after.

I painted all the cupboards and hinges white.  I used a metal primer spray on the hinges and Zinsser 123 Bulls Eye primer on the cupboards, followed by Dulux Whisper White in gloss enamel.

 I replaced all the handles with black shell pulls.

I tried to leave as much of the timber features as I could but I had to paint out the trim on top of the pantry as there was just too detail to cut around.

The kitchen never had a splash back, so I bought these white subway tiles for 59cents each at Bunnings and had a tiler install them.

A new Omega stainless steel oven and ceramic cook top.

I pulled down the frilly valance.  The window is bare but it looks onto a very private back patio area.

A new Omega stainless steel dishwasher.

I can't believe how good the kitchen looks.  It really makes a difference to the whole house.

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  1. Wow, what a transformation! I can't believe how different it looks with a coat of paint. All of your updates look amazing. You are very stylish indeed!

    Best wishes,

  2. Fantastic, it looks SO much brighter and more modern. Well done.

  3. What a difference! Isn't it amazing what white paint can do...hmm, I wish someone would tell this to UK landlords to prise them away from their obsession with magnolia!

  4. Hello Kylie

    you have done and amazing job - that looks so much better.

    Love those subway tiles too - they glisten in the light in your photo.

    Clever lady :)

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


  5. Wow! What a transformation! Looks great. I love white kitchens. I must admit I was admiring the old gold hardware. Do you plan to repurpose it??? Carrie

  6. Great minds think alike ;) Amazing transformation! Isn't paint wonderful? Thanks for stopping by for visit! Hope to see you again soon.

  7. White paint is like magic in a can! I recently painted my evergreen cabinets white and I love them. Yours look awesome!

  8. Oh, I love how it turned out! It's amazing how wonderful the white paint made it look. I'm getting ready to paint my oak colored kitchen white too. I just found your blog from the shabby nest party...I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!

  9. What an amazing transformation! It's beautiful

  10. Your kitchen is the perfect example of what a difference a coat of paint can make. It's such a unique and charming space. I could totally feel at home there! Gorgeous!

  11. It looks fantastic. Mimi xx

  12. Whew! You have been working hard! It has all been worth it though - the kitchen is so modern and very stylish - very much in keeping with your style! God bless x

  13. Thank heavens for white paint. It looks amazing, I really like the handles. xx Katherine

  14. My gosh much better does that look. My beach house was painted bright yellow with bright blue trim so I know how you feel! Anyway after a few coats of white paint it started to look a normal house again!
    Amazing what a coat of paint can do!

  15. Looks a lot brighter now! Funny thing Kylie, I thought I was following this blog and wondered why you weren't showing up in my reading list...turns out I wasn't! Anyhoo, I am now. Have a great day :)
    Cas x

  16. So charming~ Love how it turned out!! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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