A Guide To Renovating A Kitchen In The Highlands
The kitchen is the heart of the home, right? Especially with the way kitchen design has evolved in recent decades. Gone are the days of the pokey kitchen tucked away in a room all on its own. Thanks to the open plan living trend and our crazy busy lives now, the kitchen has become the hub of the home. It’s where families and friends congregate to socialise, have a cuppa, have a wine – helloooo Friday night wine time! - do homework or simply chat while someone cooks, bakes or creates.
If you’ve had a kitchen update or reno on your to do list for a while now, we’ve put together a guide with loads of helpful info including links to the local tradies you’ll need to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.
Whether it’s a fancy facelift, a DIY update or a completely brand spanking new design and build, here’s what you need to renovate your kitchen in The Highlands.
Oh, and if your reno project is a bit bigger and includes bathrooms and the rest of the house, check out this article here: A Guide To Renovating In The Highlands.
DIY // Do It Yourself
Maybe your kitchen doesn’t need the full shebang. You’re happy with its location in the house and the layout works fine for you but it just needs a bit of an update. So if money is a bit tight or you actually just love getting your hands dirty and working on creative projects, then DIY is the way to go.
Kitchen cupboards can be transformed with little cost and effort by repainting cabinets and updating door and drawer handles. We love Pete’s Shed range of chalk paints (learn how to work with chalk paint at one of Pete’s workshops) with some gorgeous modern colours to choose from. Our fave is Vintage Cream with Steel Blue accents….gorgeous! The Paint Place at Moss Vale and Inspirations Paint & Colour in Bowral also have a big range of paints and plenty of expert advice to draw on.
For unique door and drawer handles, have a rummage through Dirty Jane’s and other local antique stores. Eastern Living Homewares in Bowral also have a gorgeous range of handpainted ceramic door knobs. You’re guaranteed to discover something special if you have the time to go a-hunting. Local hardware stores are also a treasure trove of kitchen bits and bobs.
Updating the splashback is another super easy way of transforming the kitchen with minimal cost and effort. If you’re happy to do the tiling yourself, head to these local stores and plenty of larger hardwares also sell tiles.
Another simple way to transform the space is to update the window dressings. Some gorgeous white timber venetian blinds will lighten up the room and give the kitchen a fresh, new look. Start with these local blind and awning companies.
Okay, so maybe you’re more of the visionary type and less of the hands on type. We know that sometimes when we try DIY, it doesn’t quite end up looking the way it’s meant to in the picture, right? So if your kitchen renovation requires a little more skill and experience, why don’t you outsource instead?
We’ve got some super talented tradies and skilled craftspeople in The Highlands so take on the role of Project Manager and oversee the transformation of your kitchen, and let the experts do their thang! Let’s look at ways you can update and transform your kitchen without ripping it out and starting from scratch.
Replace a tired, old benchtop with a stunning, bespoke bench top from The Woodage. We love this one.....
Update tapware. Matt black, copper and rose gold fittings are so in right now! Here's a list of local plumbers to help you out with the installation of your new fancy fittings!
Replace the cabinetry doors for a fresh new look. Here is a list of local kitchen renovation companies and joiners. The larger hardwares also have cabinetry options.
If it’s an appliance update you’re doing, check out these electrical retailers and our list of local sparkies to help you install your shiny new oven and stove top.
A fresh new splashback (or tiling a whole wall!) always lifts a kitchen and we are still in love with the subway tiles trend (timeless!). Head to these tiling stores and get in touch with a local tiler to bring the look together.
Flooring is a pretty big job, especially if your kitchen is within an open plan design already, but it’s worth it because it can magically update and transform your living space. Here's some local flooring stores and installers to get you started.
And of course – our favourite – lighting! We just love the look of eye-catching pendants over a beautiful bench top. Check out Once Upon A Time in Bowral for beautiful natural looking lighting designs, and here are some local lighting stores for some additional inspo. And you’re going to need this list of sparkies again!
BRAND SPANKING NEW
This type of kitchen renovation is the one that involves you moving to a hotel for a few weeks - yipppee!. Or – let’s be real – living in and around dust and mayhem for as long as it takes to rip out the existing kitchen and replace it with something fresh and fabulous.
A project of this size is best left to the experts – step away from the jackhammer, people! Your role is to work with a builder, joiner or kitchen designer to create the kitchen of your dreams. You get to select all of the pretty things or choose finishes that your awesome kitchen designer and builder offers up and….our favourite part…..shop for all of the new stuff!
Here is a list of builders and kitchen renovation experts who will help you channel your inner Nigella! Dinner party, anyone?
Oh, and here’s OUR dreeeaaaaaam kitchen……This is Louise Keats’ kitchen at her beautiful Southern Highlands home, photographed by super talented local photographer Nicki Dobrzynski: Cottonwood & Co. It's kitchen goals and country living goals all rolled into one, right?!? We. Are. In. Love.
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