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Budget kitchen upgrade with painted cabinets

Budding Contributor
Budding Contributor

This clever kitchen update created a fresh new look and kept costs down by repainting existing cupboards and tiles. 





The project


I wanted to do a small renovation on my kitchen. My budget was $8000 maximum, including a dishwasher and new oven and rangehood. 




I didn't change the cabinets as the floor tiles go through the rest of the unit and it would have been too expensive to change the whole lot. Instead I painted the cabinets with the Dulux Renovation Range paint in the colour Niche. It was a bit of a mission as I had to paint both sides of the cabinet doors. I found the primer tended to drip on application, so be careful. 


I changed the double sink to a single to make room for a small dishwasher, I retiled the splashback and added floating shelves. 


I went with a slightly bigger benchtop that makes all the difference – it's laminate as well, but it doesn't look it!


I'm very happy with the results.


Before and after










More inspiration for your kitchen


Experienced Bunnings Workshop contributor Adam_W has put together this handy guide to planning a kitchen renovation. You can also check out our Top 10 most popular kitchen projects.




If you just need a quick kitchen refresh, check out our collection of 10 kitchens transformed with paint. You can begin transforming your own kitchen with our step-by-step video guides to painting kitchen cabinets and painting a tiled splashback.


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