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Before and after: 80s brown to Scandi inspired kitchen

Gina Ciancio

One Canberra kitchen gets a serious makeover.

Are you obsessed with renovation shows? I feel like we’ve been on The Block or House Rules these past few months as we’ve renovated Style Curator team member Bonnie’s Canberra townhouse.

Purchased last year, this original (as in, NOTHING had been touched in the property since 1981 except an air conditioner unit installation) townhouse was begging for a makeover.

A drab, poky, brown kitchen with outdated paint colour and a musty smell welcomed you as you entered the property. A kitchen makeover was top of the priority list!


Knowing that the entire property needed renovating, we had a tight budget to work with. We turned to the team at IKEA Canberra for inspiration and advice to create a bright, functional, and stylish kitchen at the right price.

Bonnie and her husband Tom are unsure how long they’ll stay in the property, so opted for neutral colours that will appeal to potential buyers—the white and grey colour palette also brightens the space and will stay on-trend for many years to come.

There was a lot of other planning and consideration that went into designing this kitchen—read about it here.

Credit: Thorson Photography

The new Scandi-meets-luxe-industrial kitchen is more than twice the size of Bonnie’s original kitchen and there isn’t a hint of brown in sight!

Credit: Thorson Photography


Credit: Thorson Photography


Credit: Thorson Photography

Credit: Thorson Photography

From stone benchtops to matte white cabinetry, integrated appliances and clever inclusions, this kitchen is certainly a higher-end option that’s available at IKEA—their affordable options do not compromise on quality or style.

Bonnie personalised the space with floating timber shelves (ideal for displaying treasured items like her ceramic collection), grey brick splashback and black accents.

Credit: Thorson Photography

The total kitchen remodel came in at $12,500 including cabinetry, all appliances and stone benchtop and it comes with a 25-year guarantee! The total kitchen remodel was completed within a month, which includes all trades (electricians, plumber, painters and kitchen installer).

Big thanks to Nina, the kitchen designer at IKEA who helped us design two options for the kitchen and we are so impressed with the final outcome. Visit IKEA Canberra today to see all of their kitchen showrooms to help inspire your next kitchen renovation.

This kitchen was designed and installed as a partnership between Style Curator and IKEA Canberra. HerCanberra does not have a commercial arrangement with either company.

Feature image: Thorson Photography


Gina Ciancio

Gina Ciancio is the blogger behind STYLE CURATOR, a home and interiors blog that's all about the pursuit of a stylish home. At STYLE CURATOR you’ll find loads of design inspiration, interviews with designers and upcoming artists, how-tos, top finds for your home and lots of other stylish news. More about the Author

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