Kitchen

A simple splashback switch gave this home a refreshing new look

This Point Chevalier home proves that small changes can make a huge difference. Check out the before and after pictures and get inspired for your own kitchen project

A simple splashback switch gave this home a refreshing new look

Who lives here?
Hannah, works in marketing, husband Andrew, and sons Hugo and Angus.

Quick change

Why did you decide to update the kitchen?
We bought our house two years ago and it had a new kitchen but an awful red splashback! Thankfully we had some subway tiles leftover from the bathroom renovation at our previous house – and voila! Goodbye, red. Hello, gorgeous white.

What other changes did you make?
We repainted the walls in our open-plan kitchen-living area from beige to Resene ‘Alabaster’. We’ve also made small changes such as hanging new curtains and blinds and changing the lights.

Did you use tradies or DIY?
We used a tiler from builderscrack.co.nz. My mum and I repainted the walls.

Best moment?
Seeing how a simple, low-cost change can have a major impact.

Budget 

What was your budget?
We paid $500 for the tiler. We had tiles left over from the bathroom reno at our previous house and, as fate would have it, we had the exact number required. We also spent $300 on paint.

Any other reno plans?
The next big change will be repainting the outside of the house and the roof but we’re struggling to decide on colours!

Total: $800

Fact file 

Splashback tiles from Tile Depot; cabinetry by Dezignatek; appliances from Noel Leeming; stools from The Warehouse; daily roller from George & Willy; clock from Shut The Front Door; accessories from Kmart and The Warehouse.

Words by: Fiona Ralph and Alex Scott. Photography by: Helen Bankers.

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