Quick and Clever Kitchen and Bathroom Makeover Is the Inspiration We Needed


Not many people have the luxury of
 an unlimited budget when it comes time to overhaul their kitchen and bathroom, which are traditionally the most trade-intensive and expensive rooms to renovate. If you want to completely strip and redo the rooms, labor costs can spiral out of control once you’ve got a plumber, electrician, carpenter, tiler, laborer, and possibly, a builder. And let’s not forget the stress of a kitchen or bathroom being unusable for weeks, especially if it extends to demolishing walls, installing new flooring, and any external changes such as windows or doors.

This kitchen and bathroom renovation, completed by Cherie Barber of Renovating For Profit, was done as part of an entire house renovation, which cost slightly less than $47,000. The project was a five-bedroom house with 656 square feet in a suburb that demanded a prestige renovation.

Kitchen Makeover Before and After

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Kitchen Renovation

“Given it was a good-sized space, a brand-new kitchen would 
have cost at least $11,000, but 
I simply didn’t want to spend that much, so I had to think of another idea,” says Cherie. “Knowing the buyer focus on the engine room of the home, I needed it to look like a new kitchen. I opted for the next best thing: Changing
 the facade.”

“By retaining the kitchen’s carcass, updating the cupboard and drawer fronts
 in a striking charcoal grey laminate, and upgrading some of the internals with fiddly carpentry, I was able to pull off this kitchen transformation for just a little less than $8,000. I saved on demolition and skip costs,
 and the expense of buying and installing an entirely new kitchen.”

Simple Updates

“Plain white splash back tiles were a conservative choice and give
 a crisp, clean look that I knew would appeal to the majority of buyers. Come inspection day, I was confident it would present as a gleaming, modern family kitchen that perfectly blended into the open plan space.”

High-End Look for Less

“My preference for this kitchen’s benchtop was Caesarstone, but the budget didn’t allow for it, so 
I opted for a high-gloss laminate bench top that mimicked the look. Similarly, I used large floor tiles that resembled Calacatta marble throughout the open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area.”

Kitchen Costs

  • Bench Top: $400

  • Miscellaneous Hardware: $200

  • Cabinet Doors and Panels: $1,700

  • Appliances: $1,300

  • Sink and Mixer: $212

  • Splashback Wall Tiles: $70

  • Two Pendant Lights: $290

  • Subtotal $4,172

  • Labor Estimate $3,680

  • Total $7,852

Bathroom Renovation

“This bathroom had a separate toilet, an adjoining room housing bath and shower, and then the basins outside. In an ideal world, with a bigger budget and more time, I’d have taken out the walls to make one big bathroom and separate toilet. However, I was still able to achieve a modern, glamorous look.”

Tub Makeover Before and After

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Make It Modern

“An equally massive transformation was getting rid of the peeling yellow patterned wallpaper and painting the whole basin area in a light, bright color scheme, with some silver spray for the brassy mirror frame. It went from drab and dated to perfectly contemporary in no time.”

Bathroom Makeover Before and After

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Super Savings

“Instead of investing in a new ‘his and hers’ custom-made wall-hung vanity at a cost of around $1,170 [and] up, I went down the same route as the kitchen makeover. I used the same laminate benchtop as the kitchen to make a new top for the existing vanity, bought two basins at $109 each, and updated the doors, handles, and tap ware.”

Shower Makeover Before and After

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Power of Paint

“Replacing the floor tiles would have taken the bathroom to the next level, but also triggered the need for new waterproofing along with new wall tiles, as the bottom layer of wall tiles would inevitably have been damaged. This was an indulgence our tight budget didn’t allow for. It was a matter of keeping the bathroom and layout we had or demolishing the lot — there was no in between. However, the final look speaks volumes about the power of paint and an inventive spirit!”

Bathroom Costs

  • Laminate Doors: $233

  • Two Basins: $218

  • Bench Top: $140

  • Taps and Hardware: $319

  • Tile Primer and Paint: $78

  • Shower Screen and Installation: $409

  • Subtotal: $1,397

  • Labor Estimate: $740

  • Total: $2,137

This post was written by the writers at Homes to Love. For more, check out our sister site Homes to Love.

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