Get the Look: Flat Pack Kitchen With Designer Style

Your step-by-step guide

Want a kitchen straight out of your favourite interior mag without the designer price tag? With clever ideas and careful project management, it’s possible to have it all.

Your kitchen is one of the most critical rooms in your property for adding value, hence the need to get everything right – from your initial idea, to the layout, to construction, and everything else in-between. If you stick to a tight budget and manage your design and trades well, your new kitchen can return you $2 – $3 for every dollar that you spend. That’s no chump change, but it can so easily go wrong!

To take the guess work out of your next kitchen renovation project, check out my step-by-step process of how to plan and project manage your very own kitchen renovation like a true professional, HERE.


For this renovation in one of my Western Sydney rental properties, the scope of works included;

  • Complete demolition of the old kitchen
  • Installation of new wall framing & sheeting (block off old hallway)
  • New waterproof laminate floorboards
  • New kitchen cabinetry
  • New laminate bench tops
  • Tile splash back
  • Re-install existing appliances
  • New fixtures & fittings (sink, sink tap, cabinet handles, blind)
  • New lighting (down lights & feature light)
  • New timber frame around kitchen window
  • New storage accessories


This kitchen might look high spec, but it’s a basic flat pack purchased ‘off the shelf’ at Bunnings.

(HINT: Students of my Cosmetic Renovations For Profit Course receive 15% off Kaboodle Kitchens at Bunnings. Find out how here).

keys to making this design a stand out:
  • Design your layout with a ‘perfect working triangle’. Here; my sink, cook top and fridge all have bench space in between, creating the working triangle. The breakfast bar makes this a great layout for family functionality.
  • Contrast light upper cabinet doors with dark lower and full height cabinet doors. I achieved this by purchasing low cost white doors and having the lower cabinet doors, drawers and end-panels vinyl wrapped in navy blue.
  • Mix metals by contrasting brass door handles and tapware, with stainless appliances, sink and accessories. Copper accessories and stools continue the theme.
  • Create interest in your design with a bevel edge subway tiled splash back and dark grey grout.
  • Save with a marble-look laminate bench top. Calacutta and Statuario are very on trend, but in low budget properties you can get the look with a laminate instead.
  • Warm up the look with timber detail. Waterproof laminate floors in ‘spotted gum’, a timber frame around the window, and floating timber shelves have been used for repetition in my design.
  • Don’t forget your feature light. This industrial style metal feature light is practical and whimsical, and the linear shape works well with the bench top beneath.



Missed my my Step-By-Step Guide to Plan & Project Manage Your Kitchen Renovation like a true professional? Download your copy HERE.

A feature pendant that packs a punch. Mercator Vista Prism Pendant available at Bunnings


Marble look bench tops and subway tiles are a classic combo that don’t cost a bomb


Don’t be afraid to mix metals. Jade Coroma Sink Mixer available at Bunnings

Love the look of this hi-spec, low cost kitchen? Get the look with my colour palette below.

Kitchen Ceiling      

  • Taubmans Endure Kitchen & Bathroom: Ceiling Paint
  • Colour: White

Internal Walls                   

  • Taubmans Endure – Kitchen & Bathroom: Acrylic – Low Sheen
  • Colour: White Shaver

Door & Door Architraves

  • Taubmans Endure Interior: Acrylic Semi Gloss
  • Colour: Crisp White


11 Responses to “Get the Look: Flat Pack Kitchen With Designer Style
  1. Where did you get the metal rail with shelves from – is that Ikea??
    Thanks Linda

  2. Fantastic look to this very practical kitchen. I wish….

  3. This was a great Help Cherie, I am considering renovating my old kitchen and your plan was spot on. Planning is important so I will be taking time to set it out properly now. This kitchen has a lot in common with my own too. Thanks again

  4. I saw last weeks flatpak kitchen on the Living room and would like to know where I can obtain similar chrome tray and pot holder which hangs over an underneath rod and leaves the bench uncluttered. Great idea!
    Many thanks Helen.

  5. I also would like to know where I can purchase a similar chrome tray and pot holder which hangs over the rail underneath the cupboards, would love to get some stuff off my benches, looks good.
    Thank you

  6. Hi. I m looking for floating shelves to match my ikea wooden bench top. Where do you buy yours? The ones in ikea don t match.

    1. Hi Denise,

      I often buy an extra slab of benchtop and get my carpenters to cut it up into shelves so they perfectly match my kitchen benchtop! C x

  7. Where did the stainless steel rail and hang shelf come from?
    I could not find any reference to it.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Paul,

      The stainless steel rail came from Ikea! They have great accesssories at affordable prices as you probably already know! Happy shopping. C x

  8. Hi. We are looking to do a very similar kitchen colour scheme. Are all cabinet doors from kaboodle. If yes, can you please let me know the colour of the the top cabinet doors? Im having trouble with all the white options!!

    1. Hi Bek, for this kitchen renovation I used Kaboodle in “Modern White” colour. If you become a student of Renovating For Profit, you’ll get 18% off all Kaboodle cabinetry in Bunnings stores nationally. Further instructions provided once you join. C x

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