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Small flat kitchen renovation

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Small flat kitchen renovation

DIY renovation of a small flat on a budget, using off the shelf products and quite a bit of elbow grease.


All cabinetry carcasses: form plywood


Decorative timber screen: Merbau timber battens


Wall paint: Dulux Wash & Wear 'Natural White' and 'Harpoon'


Timberbench tops: Victorian ash


Appliances & handles: Ikea


Tiles: Original Ceramics


Triton Workcentre System Series 2000


Ryobi Plunge Router


Paint brushes, roller & sandpaper from Bunnings.


Step 1

Demolition. No description needed. We removed the worlds most basic kitchen. The range hood was a timber canopy and a hole in the wall. Enough said. It took one afternoon and wasn't difficult. 




Step 2

Making the cabinetry. Oh god! 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 palette of the stuff for the whole apartment (50 x sheets).



Step 3

It's such a functional kitchen and we're really happy with the result.



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Re: Small flat kitchen renovation

Hi @RosieD 


Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. It's wonderful to have you join us, and thank you for sharing your kitchen renovation in your flat.


What a beautiful kitchen transformation! That is just a fantastic use of Formply, not only is it economical, but it saves you from having to paint one side of the panel. You've really outdone yourselves in the design phase of your kitchen. The curving shelves have so much appeal and the up to ceiling height construction has really maximized your storage area.


Can you please tell me how deep the cabinetry is on the other side of the cooktop? Looking at the photo it seems like you've reduced its depth or is it still 600mm deep standard?      


Again, thank you for sharing such an inspirational kitchen makeover.




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Re: Small flat kitchen renovation

Hi Eric,


Thanks for the compliments.


Yes, thats right, the cabinetry on one side is narrower at 450 deep as we didn't wan't the kitchen to feel too cramped. This side works well as a work bench/ prep area, and all the services are located on the other side such as oven, sink, cooktop and fridge.  


We thought about an 'L' shape kitchen, but I prefer the galley style, as it avoids awkward corner cupboards. 



Rosie :smile:

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