Kitchen renovation guide part 2: prepare your kitchen renovation

With most of the planning out of the way, now the fun begins – it’s time to choose the cabinetry, benchtops and all the accessories that will bring your new kitchen to life.

Time to prepare

Whether it’s ordering products or choosing cabinetry and colour schemes, there’s plenty you can focus on to get sorted and maintain project momentum into the actual build stage.

If you need a hand, a Bunnings Kitchen Designer can guide you through the tricky decision-making process and provide expert advice.

Choose your colour scheme

The main considerations when choosing colours are the space and lighting of your kitchen. With larger kitchens, you can explore a darker colour palette, as the deeper hues won’t give the sense of closing in the space.

For smaller kitchens, make use of lighter colours to create a greater sense of space.

Colour choice also plays a big part in how the overall kitchen design may date. Around 80 per cent of all kitchens are white, as it’s a timeless, neutral tone, which is also better for resale. With this in mind, most people opt for neutral colour schemes and benchtops.

Check out our Paint Colour Planner to help you decide on your kitchen colour scheme.

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Choose your kitchen doors and panels

Door and panel choices will be largely influenced by the particular style of kitchen you’re planning. For instance, if it’s a traditional country theme you want, neutral toned or natural wood doors and panels are the on-style preference for achieving that look. Whereas for sleek, minimalist kitchens, high gloss finishes are the usual choice.

Choosing cabinets, parts and accessories

Consider your overall design – how to maximise efficiency and storage space through smart cabinet selection and placement.

  • Locate cutlery drawers close to the sink and dishwasher.
  • Include corner and overhead cupboards to gain great storage space.
  • Use large drawers in favour of cupboards. These enable excellent visibility, access and ease of use.
  • Include soft-close runners and – to help create a clean appearance – push-to-open catches.
  • Measure large kitchenware items that will need to be stored in pot drawers or cupboards, and factor this into your cabinet selection.
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    Choose your benchtops

    A useful way to help select the right kitchen benchtop is to consider how often you use your kitchen, and its intended size and style. For less frequent kitchen use, and for cost effective options, laminate and bamboo benchtops are excellent options. If you’re keen to create a high-end, premium look, then a custom stone benchtop is the ideal choice.

    Choose your kitchen appliances

    A smart way to select your appliances is to consider your lifestyle in terms of what you cook, how often you cook, and how many people you normally cook for.

    Invest in the appliances you use the most. If you favour the oven, consider purchasing a larger one. If you tend to use your cooktop more, invest in a quality model, and look to match this with a powerful rangehood to help keep your kitchen free from smoke and cooking odours.

    Check your parts, tools and hardware

    Ensure you’ve got everything you need to get the job done and that it’s all in working order. Do you have a cordless drill and, if so, is it charging correctly? Have you got a sledgehammer and crowbar at the ready for removing your old kitchen?

    Prepare your home for your new kitchen space

    As you edge closer to the point where your old kitchen must be removed to make way for the new one, focus on these key things:

  • Pack your kitchenware into boxes, remembering to wrap all breakable items first.
  • Store your packed items away from work zones and access ways.
  • Set up a temporary kitchen. Many people use their garage, and temporarily relocate their fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster for ease of access and use.
  • If possible, close off the kitchen to protect the rest of the house from dust and building debris.
  • Turn off services such as gas, power and water. For your safety, check this is done before any demolition or removal work gets underway.
  • Hire a skip, you can keep the work area tidy and free of building rubbish and hazards.
  • Make sure your driveway or access ways are clear for when any deliveries are scheduled.
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    Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

    Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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