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Kitchen renovation in small flat

Having an Impact
Having an Impact


A kitchen renovation with homemade plywood panels, timber benchtops, fresh paint and new appliances.



The project


Our D.I.Y. renovation of a small flat on a budget, using off-the-shelf products and quite a bit of elbow grease.


Tools and materials


Materials used in the project:



  • Handles 

  • Tiles.


Tools used in the project:





Step 1


Demolition. We removed the world's most basic kitchen. 




The rangehood was a timber canopy and a hole in the wall. Enough said. 




The demolition took one afternoon and wasn't difficult. 




Step 2


Making the cabinetry. It took quite a while. Many, many weekends in our friend's shed, as we were renovating a flat so had little space on site to work with. Form plywood was used, as it is easy to work with, strong, termite resistant, readily available and cost effective. The black colour is a nice contrast to the white walls and provides a water-resistant finish. We used an entire pallet of the stuff for the whole apartment (50 x sheets).




Step 3


The installation.






It's such a functional kitchen and we're really happy with the result. The cabinetry on one side is narrower at 450mm deep, as we didn't want the kitchen to feel too cramped. This side works well as a workbench/prep area.




All the services are located on the other side such as oven, sink, cooktop and fridge.  






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