This post is sponsored by White Knight.

Kitchen before

Anyone for a brown-on-brown kitchen with orange and olive green accents?

Didn’t think so.

The first step in this makeover (or should I say makeunder?) was to remove the crazy wallpaper. With the help of a wallpaper steamer, some elbow-grease and couple of kind friends, after a (very hot and steamy) day we had uncovered the bare walls.

Our first of many rooms to de-wallpaper – very satisfying!

Kitchen during

I’d had great success using White Knight tile paint before in our first home’s kitchen and bathroom so I knew it would be well worth the effort here too.

This 80s delight called for a more serious approach though, needing not only tile paint but also laminate paint for the cabinets.

Kitchen during

One of the things that attracted us to this home was the beautiful natural light. The kitchen, however, is in the centre of the house and is really dingy with the dark cabinetry and lack of light. The Man and I selected white for the splashback and cabinets to really brighten up the space.


I set about giving everything a thorough clean with Tile & Laminate Cleaner, followed by a coat of Tile & Laminate Primer. I like using a foam roller (and foam brush for the edges) to get a nice smooth finish free of brushstrokes.

Kitchen during

Our cabinets were a cinch to paint but if yours have handles I would remove them first for a neater finish.

And here it is all primed and ready to go:

Kitchen during

Already it looks so much bigger and brighter!

Stay tuned for part 2…


9 Responses

  • Wow! Kudos to you for getting stuck in so quickly in re-vamping your new home. And that kitchen is/was a doozie! Fabulous what a lick of paint, especially white, can do to a space like that. Interested to see the end result and what you do with the wall spaces which were wallpapered? White as well or something else?

    • Oh yes Emma, it’s all systems go! Even just putting the primer on makes the room feel twice as bright. For the walls we’ve chosen a cool white, with a hint of grey so it will make the white cabinetry pop.

  • Katy

    Are you keeping the orange pendant lights ??!!!!

    Also are you going to change the window and put in a lighter frame, rather than the heavy wooden one ?? or even knock down the wall one day ??

    • I was thinking about keeping the lights (quite like the shapes), but ultimately they don’t provide enough light for the room because the shades are so low and closed in.

      Yes and yes! For now we are painting the existing brown frame white but the super long term plan is to knock out the wall to flow into the living room. That’s why we’re loving the budget-friendly updates such as paint.

  • Katy

    I’m all inspired after going to The Block open day !!!!!

  • Looking so much better already! I can’t wait to see part 2.

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