A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published August 25th 2014
Before & after: must-see kitchen makeover on a tight Budget
One may dream about that perfect kitchen but may remain somewhat intimidated after looking at the big dollar figures. Doing a do-it-yourself renovation project is a cost efficient method and can save thousands. However, it is possible to get stuck halfway on a task without the proper resources or budget.
With just a total renovation budget of $6,000 my friend was set to renovate their kitchen. It was a mission to keep within the budget and create an amazing kitchen. After ripping apart the current kitchen, this is what we started with. Not much to work with.
The kitchen air-vent.
The backdrop of the kitchen.
With only a month planned for this project, the site needed to be cleaned and cleared up fast, for the new kitchen to be installed. The project began with the help of friends and family in clearing old kitchen elements, and making room for electric wiring channels. Initially, we produced a lot more rubble and mess than expected.
Knowing we needed more help, we posted a task on Airtasker to help us clear and clean the kitchen. For just $75 we enlisted help from a friendly Airtasker the next day – who had also been working on a nearby renovation, and had their own dump bin that we were able to make use of.
Some of the mess and dusty residue that we had to clear after tearing apart the original kitchen.
The next step was to prepare the walls, fill the cracks and paint. We enlisted another Runner to assist filling the cracks and holes, prepping the walls and then with the painting. We provided $400 and a case of beers for his help.
The kitchen wall on the left prepped and ready to be painted
Originally my friend planned to use a company online for the electric connections but after calling around was unable to find anyone available for this particular week. Again, she resorted to posting the task on Airtasker and this time received 4 quotes the following day. Confident after the first handyman experience, she chose Dave.
This Airtasker who also happened to be a certified electrician had positive online reviews. Dave teamed up with a plumber friend of his and they were able to sort out the plumbing, gas and electrical jobs at once.
My friend negotiated a price to cover this combined task, settling on $680. Dave and his friend got to work on this within 4 days of this task being posted on Airtasker. The kitchen was well on its way to becoming spectacular.
The messy parts and bulk of the job was finally done. We had an IKEA kitchen plan to go, just needed the installation completed. The IKEA kitchen installation was pretty straight forward. With the help of my friend's dad and a some other extra hands the kitchen assembling was completed overnight. If you'd like to know more about having IKEA furniture delivered and set up using Airtasker, check out my other article.
After posting another request on Airtasker, Mark the handyman responded instantly and helped out with the finishing touches. This included workbench installation, silicone and final adjustments.
After a lot of hard work, sweat and takeaways, this kitchen was complete. An easy way to overcome budget hurdles is to get the help of experienced handymen and tradies through Airtasker.