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posted February 24,2014 By Hilary Sharp
Ikea kitchen Reno

I’ve been meaning to share these photos with you for some time.  As an Interior Designer, I was involved in two interesting projects last year, which I intend to share with you.  The first here was a beach house in Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Australia.  I have so many before and after shots, I’m going to break them up into two blogs.  The first blog here will cover the kitchen and bathroom renovations and the second blog will follow on with further space creating initiatives.


The brief for this project was to renovate this 1960 high set beach house on a small budget, and make it suitable for either re-sell or the rental market.

Decoratively speaking the house hadn’t been touched since the 1960’s, and required dramatic upgrading.  The kitchen required the addition of a dishwasher, and a complete re-layout. The small bathroom needed to be fully upgraded and if possible for a bath to be included to make it more family friendly.


This 1960's style kitchen featured apple green cupboards, a benchtop that wasn't at the correct height.  A range hard up against a wall, with no set down space for a pan and then the sink smack up beside it - not a great layout!  For some mad reason, if you switched on the light socket above the sink shown here in this photo above the tap came on!  The brown lino, pretty much set of this true retro kitchen!

Typical of many houses built in Australia at this time, it was full of asbestos.  Some areas were fine, like the roof which we weren’t intending to touch.  However, the bathroom walls, floors and ceiling needed to be fully striped and the walls behind the kitchen sink area also required professional removal. We also had to test the lino flooring for asbestos before removal.  Not many people area aware of this, but the adhesive which use to be used in lino flooring contained asbestos and removing this is a huge pain!  This is a relatively small house, however it managed to have a range of 5 different boldly patterned retro lino flooring, in various shades of brown!  All were tested, however, only two came back positive and neither of these were in the kitchen/dining or bathroom area’s.  


Image above, the kitchen has been ripped out ready for asbestos removal.  I had great intentions to save the retro orange tiles and get creative and upcycle them, however, because they backed onto asbestos - they had to go!  


With all the asbestos gone, the new plasterboard could be fitted and the electrician and plumber did the first fix for the new kitchen layout.


Here's what we did, we changed the range to a hob and under mounted oven and relocated it with minimum set of of 400mm from the wall.  Also, shown in this photo is the shiny new dishwasher!


The benchtop was small, so to increase the workspace we positioned the sink in the corner.


This shot shows the view towards the kitchen and the dining area.  Do you like how those two lino floor covering just match up so well - NOT! There was this weird cupboard/butlers hatch, which you can see on the wall between the dinning room and the kitchen - it opened up into nothing really!   So, we got rid of the whole cupboard, widening the arch from the kitchen to the dining room and opening the living space much more to the kitchen, allowing more light to flood into this area.


We also got rid of all those linos and opted for tiles throughout the kitchen, dining and entrance.  These came up to the level of the parquet flooring in the sitting room area, which we kept.


A new kitchen door was put in place, with a large window and changed which had plain frosted glass as opposed to the orange glass in previously!

Kitchen-AfterOur kitchen was from Ikea, we teamed the Ikea Abstrakt door in gloss grey for base units and used the Ikea Applad range for the wall units and larder unit.  The handles were the Ikea Bastig knob and the benchtop was their Pragel Oak effect, which is one of the most realistic laminates I'd come across.  The plus on going with Ikea for this kitchen was their units came in a 800mm wide size as opposed to standard 900mm wide.  I was able to get  more functionality into the kitchen by using these cupboard sizes.



This bathroom was literally falling apart and needed completely gutting!

Bathroom-Reno-ProgressAs with the Kitchen, the professionals were called in to strip walls, floors and ceiling of asbestos.


Our new bathroom has a shower and a bath, and a vanity unit with a bit more storage!  We used a long pale horizontal tile to make the tiny bathroom seem big and bright!

The owners decided to keep in on the rental market for the short term and thanks to the girls at Realway Currimundi it was rented straight away!

Inside Designers Notebook!

I couldn't have completed this job with out the assistance of some great local trades on the Sunshine Coast.

Plumbing: Dicky Beach Plumbing

Electrical: Scaussie Electrical

Painting: Discount Home Painters

Tiling: National Tiles and Q&S Tiling

Asbestos Removal: QAMS

Bathroom: Reece Caloundra

Kitchen: Ikea












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