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How to Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

How to Renovate your Kitchen on a Budget
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German Anchique

Industrial Designer

German has overseen thousands of kitchen makeovers in his 30+ years in the kitchen renovation business. His best kitchen renovation advice is simple:

“Sydney style kitchens are predominantly contemporary, minimalist, light and classic, but they don’t have to cost the earth. 

The key is knowing how to approach your kitchen renovation without wasting money on superfluous changes that don’t make much impact”.

Read on to learn German’s Sydney kitchen makeover secrets that can save you time and money, as well as deliver the kitchen of your dreams. 

Keep Your



Are you happy with the design of your kitchen? Well there’s really no need to demolish and start again from scratch.


You can achieve the look of a designer kitchen without demolition. This means you’ll save thousands of $$ on the trade bills associated with a complete rip out and new build.


Check out our Sydney Kitchen Makeovers Before & After gallery to see how a simple kitchen makeover can transform the look of your space.

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Replace Just Your Doors

If your inner kitchen cabinets are still in fairly good condition, your kitchen might only need a cosmetic lift to bring it up to date. 


This can be achieved by replacing your existing kitchen cabinet doors, drawer fronts and end panels for new. 


New hardware, such as hinges and handles, will make a big difference to the design and function of your kitchen cupboard doors  – all at a fraction of the cost involved to replace the entire cabinetry. Explore our kitchen door options here.

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Resurface Kitchen Benchtops

The most sought after benchtop will always be stone, but of course solid stone is quite expensive. Resurfacing an existing benchtop can save time and money and eliminates the need for ongoing maintenance.

What is benchtop resurfacing? Our unique stone is 95% stone and only 6.5mm thick. It is bonded permanently to existing surfaces so it looks and feels like a regular stone benchtop.

If you want to keep your splashback, there won’t be any damage to the wall, so you’re not up for the cost to demolish and replace.

See examples of our unique benchtop resurfacing work here.

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Resurface the Kitchen Splashback

The beauty of resurfacing the benchtop is you can also add a matching kitchen splashback, which is very on trend right now. Marble splashbacks are a popular kitchen trend coming into 2021.


With Trend® stone you’re able to resurface over existing tiles, so there’s no need to deal with the arduous task of removing them!


Not only that, you don’t ever have to worry about cleaning the grout lines of splashback tiles or constantly wiping away those annoying streaks in a glass splashback.


Having Trend® stone laid on the vertical face of a splashback displays the beauty of the stone and is a stunning feature all on its own.

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Change Kitchen

Knobs & Handles

If you’re happy with the look of your existing doors, you might only need to change the knobs or handles to spruce up your kitchen. Just remember your new handles will need to fit the existing drill holes. 

We recommend our partners at Kethy Australia. They’ve been based in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney for nearly 30 years and have a wide range of design styles to suit any taste.

If you also want to replace your kitchen doors, we have a wide range of the latest knobs and handles that are included with your door quote.

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Introduce Pendant Lights

Pendant lights over your kitchen island bench or breakfast bar can add a bit of drama to an otherwise bland space.


If you don’t have the space for pendants, down lights and under bench lighting will provide the wow factor to totally transform the area.


Our kitchen gallery contains some beautiful lighting ideas to help you discover your own personal style.


Remember an electrician must change the lights for you as it’s illegal to DIY any electrical work.

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Update Kitchen Tapware

Choosing the right tap can elevate the entire look of your kitchen. These days there are so many different finishes to choose from; brass, chrome, pewter, rose gold, brushed nickel, matte black…


Want the designer look? Match your tapware to your door hardware and light fittings. It’s the bespoke finishes that give that luxe appeal.

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Would you like more information or a free quote for your kitchen renovation?


Call us on 02 9531 2004 for expert advice and guidance or send us a message and we will be in touch.


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