A Kitchen Makeover on the Fly

Design inspiration can sometimes stem from necessity.  The right incentives, can often  inspire the best design.  And this is exactly how the homeowners felt in the following kitchen makeover story.  See how property transformation specialist, Charyn Youngson, transformed this out-dated kitchen into the featured selling point of a house listed in a competitive market.

The problem with the kitchen before?

I was engaged to do a pre sale makeover for a client who was moving interstate. The kitchen was small with little storage. It had ugly louvered cupboards straight out of the 1970’s, an old freestanding stove, no overheads and there were no tiles on the walls.

I was inspired to transform this sad out-dated kitchen into a modern kitchen that would have wide appeal to the largest amount of prospective buyers. My aim was to give the kitchen a totally fresh look that was simple and stylish yet exceptionally functional. Oh and I had a budget of just over $5000!

Planning the Kitchen Makeover

Luckily I have a great cabinetmaker on my team who is able to deliver cost effective kitchens with a very quick turnaround. I selected white cabinets; a Wilson Art laminate bench top called Smoky Topaz as a contrast and finished the look with chrome handles.

I sourced a great appliance package through an online kitchen warehouse. For less than $1200, I purchased a stainless steel gas cooktop, s/s electric oven, double sink and kitchen mixer tap. As a feature, I selected a glass canopy rangehood to give the kitchen some wow factor.

The End Result – a Beautiful, Modern Kitchen

My greatest achievements for this makeover -

  • Everything went according to plan
  • I installed a brand new kitchen for $5,500 in less than one week (the bench top was ordered 14 days before installation)
  • The first buyer that saw the house purchased it

The Real Estate agent who referred me to the client was able to sell the house BEFORE the first open inspection, which saved the client thousands of dollars in marketing and he sold it for $50,000 more than the original appraisal.

A very successful outcome!

** Please note that I actually made over the whole house, which included painting throughout, new carpet, bathroom upgrade and garden tidy up.

In my opinion, the kitchen was the best feature of the renovation makeover.

Charyn Youngson, Property Transformation Specialist | Author | Professional Home Stager, Author of “Sold for Top Dollar – Low Cost Home Improvements to Maximise Your Sale”

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