Simple DIY paint transforms Sunshine Coast kitchen for just $1500

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A passionate DIY enthusiast and busy mum of two teenage girls, Michelle Joubert knew she had her work cut out for her when she purchased a dated 90s home recently in a beachside suburb on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. “Both my husband and I work full time, so all our reno work takes place after hours or on weekends and we’re currently spending every free minute doing some form of DIY.” Michelle recently performed a very impressive makeover on the home’s original kitchen which she says was dark, dated and in desperate need of attention. 

Determined to breathe new life into the space, Michelle and her husband embarked on an affordable DIY renovation journey which we’re bringing to you today. “We decided to give our kitchen a glow up to see us through the next two-to-three years, as we didn’t want to replace it with a new one,” says Michelle who spent around $1500 on the project.

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The first step was to tackle the cabinets. After removing them, as well as the hinges and handles, Michelle opted for a budget-friendly solution by painting the cupboards in the Dulux Renovation Range in Casper White Quarter. “We gave everything a good scrub down first,” says Michelle. Not only did it brighten up the space, but it also created a cohesive look with the rest of the house and the once dreary kitchen is now a light and airy oasis.

But the overhaul didn’t end there – Michelle tackled the countertops next, painting over the outdated blue surface to achieve a fresh, neutral look. “The blue countertop wasn’t for me!” says Michelle. By sticking to the Dulux range in a pure white without any tint, Michelle created a contrast with the cabinetry that further enhanced the coastal vibe she was aiming for.

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One of the most impressive aspects of the renovation was Michelle’s DIY approach to creating a shaker profile for the cabinet doors. Despite not having a table saw, she found a cost-effective solution using Boyle hobby wood from Bunnings. “In hindsight, I should have purchased a table saw and used MDF instead as I am sure the table saw will come in handy and we will end up getting one anyway,” says Michelle.

The addition of new soft-close hinges and cabinet handles further elevated the functionality and aesthetics of the kitchen, giving it a modern and polished feel. “The new space is light and airy, it now matches the overall design I am creating inside and gives a real coastal beach shack vibe. It no longer feels dated or old and grubby and it’s now a place I want to cook in!”

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