Before Meets After: Inside a Kitchen Renovation.

Before Meets After: Inside a Kitchen Renovation.

I love seeing the Real Rooms of TLC readers – especially when their blood, sweat and tears has gone into making it look amazing. Case in point is the kitchen renovation in today’s post; performed by Michelle Johnston and her partner. They took this busy space from hum drum to hot tamale – and I have the after shots to prove it!

Kitchen Renovation - Before

Above: This kitchen is typical of a Perth home in the 1960’s. It’s fairly cramped and with minimal bench space. The dark walls are also not helping the space feel any larger, while the microwave is the first place your eyes go when you walk in. Not the greatest focal point, right?

Below: White Walls and glossed cabinetry make this space feel bright and open. By creating an island, Michelle has made improved the flow, while the pendant lights give a clear focal point for the room (that looks a lot nicer than a microwave!).

Kitchen Renovation After Photo

Kitchen Renovation After

As you can see in the shot above, the microwave now has a designated space to live, and is no longer the first place your eyes go when you walk into the space. The yellow stools are a gorgeous pop of colour and help to make the space feel modern. Reflective bench tops also bounce light around the room – a great trick in a small space!

Want to see all the pictures from this kitchen renovation? Click here and visit Michelle’s blog, Jarrah Jungle.

Outside of his work as Editor of The Life Creative blog, Chris is also an interior stylist, presenter and author. His first book, Sydney Precincts, is out now. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here


  1. Janita Westphal

    15 May

    This was an amazing transformation with alot of hard work and heart put into it.
    So proud and happy for my friends who completed the job.

    • The Life Creative

      20 May

      Totally agree Jacinta. I love the end result – and nothing this gorgeous happens without hard work 🙂 They did a fab job!

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