$100 Kitchen Refresh

There are two types of room make-over (well, in reality, there are many, many more though for the sake of poetic licence let’s just pretend there are two, mkay?).

The type you plan for. And then the type which just sorta happens…

…maybe late on a Friday evening…

…after two (or more) glasses of wine…

…whilst you’re still wearing your ‘good’ clothes – or perhaps even your jammies – and something about something suddenly needs to change before your head explodes.

Yep, let’s just say this particular room make-over isn’t exactly the “plan for” type.

This is my parent’s little kitchen.



As you can see, it’s far from hideous.

Some might even say cute and charming.

And it may surprise you to learn that, although it looks relatively new-ish, it’s actually 25 years old. Yep, quite possibly older than some of you reading this here post!

My mum has always been drawn to enduring interiors which stand the test of time (gee, I wonder where I get that from?) so, when over two decades ago she updated her kitchen, timelessness was first and foremost in her mind – along with budget of course (gee, I wonder where I get that from too?).

For the most part she retained the original 1960’s layout which sees the kitchen as little more than a compact, somewhat hidden, room.

Of course, nowadays we grant kitchens precedence in our homes and mum has plans to undertake a more extensive renovation in the coming few years. For the time-being however she decided a few interim changes were called for.

Mum had mentioned some of her refresh ideas to me though seemingly always in reverie, so just imagine my surprise when I popped over to visit late one afternoon to find her and her sister, still dressed in the nice outfits they’d clearly worn out to lunch earlier, trimming down the breakfast bar with a circular saw. I guess her head had reached explosion point!

For the most part this is my mum’s project and I wasn’t sure whether or not to share it on the blog.

There are things I would have done differently, and for under $100 it’s nothing astounding, though I think there are some interesting take-aways. And, in this crazy world of knock-down re-builds, who doesn’t love a simple little update?

The room is still currently a work in progress however is nearly done. Will share the full reveal next week!



If you follow me on Instagram you might have read that I had imminent plans to refresh my parent’s ensuite, not their kitchen!

As I said, this make-over was a little impromptu and the ensuite update is coming soon.

  1. Joyce Littlefield says:

    I love the before so can’t wait to see the reveal on the after!

  2. karen says:

    hmm what a tease.

    • Julie says:

      My thoughts exactly! As usual it was exciting to see your email in my inbox.

  3. Cathy says:

    Woo hoo! Waiting,, waiting, waiting..😆😆😆

  4. judy says:

    Can’t wait for the reveal!

  5. Denise Currie says:

    I cant wait to see!

  6. Kimberley McEligot says:

    Excited to see the project! I can relate to the wine inspiring action and creativity! I hope that they have all of their appendages after using the saw! Eagerly anticipating the results!

  7. Jo says:

    Where is the after???

    • Jo says:

      Replying to myself — I should have read the whole post – looking forward to next week>

  8. Sherylee says:

    Love this story!! Will be lovely to see the after, and yes, always good to see makeovers that are achievable for almost everyone budget-wise.

  9. Momofabj says:

    I love the layout of your mom’s kitchen. I am anxiously awaiting the results. Her kitchen looks like it has lots of storage.

  10. Carol says:

    Um maaa, Kristine. This week is going to be torture. Nooooooooo. Can’t wait to see how you throw a little Kristine love into this kitchen.

  11. Leslie Wood says:

    Its a great kitchen already…however I LOVE the image of your mom and aunt in there with the circular saw! I can completely understand the mindset – been there myself. Can’t wait to see the results – I just know they will be amazing!

  12. Maria says:

    Can’t wait!!!

  13. Jane says:

    I love the spirit and drive your mom and her sister have! Taking a saw and going at it! So looking forward to the new and improved kitchen. I do have to say, the “before” photos show that the kitchen had good bones. :)


    • Yes, the kitchen was nice prior so we didn’t make too many changes. Just a few cosmetic updates and simple remodeling.

  14. Brenda says:

    I love the way you and your Mom re-imagine what you already have. Recycling at its finest!

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