It’s well understood that renovating a kitchen or bathroom, aside from making it much more enjoyable to use, can add substantial value to a home. But sometimes replacing kitchen cabinets or bathroom tubs is simply out of the question, due to the heavy financial burden, which is where DIY solutions come in. From resurfacing tiles to laminating cupboards, bench tops, bathtubs and basins, there are some great products out there for the DIY renovator, and paint brand White Knight produce some of them.
And to illustrate just how transformative their products are, White Knight called on Renovating for Profit’s Cherie Barber recently to undertake two impressive, low-cost renovations, starting with a dated, 1970’s kitchen. “The kitchen is the engine room and pivotal hub of a home, which can single-handedly add the biggest value to your property. With the right specialty products, you can take your kitchen from zero to hero for under $1,000, no matter how much of a scary 70’s screamer it is right now,” says Cherie.
“First, rejuvenate tiles instead of costly re-tiling by cleaning with White Knight Tile & Laminate Cleaner, priming with White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer, and finishing off with two coats of White Knight Tile Paint,” says Cherie who has advice on transforming cabinetry too. “If your old cabinets are structurally in good nick, make them look like new again, starting with White Knight Tile & Laminate cleaner, White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer followed by two coats of White Knight Laminate Paint,” says Cherie. It’s worth noting that White Knight tile and laminate paints can be tinted to almost any colour, to match your home’s scheme.
“I would then use these same products on your laminate bench tops, but then add a layer of White Knight Bench Top Protective Coating which is a hard-wearing, clear coating that delivers a tough layer over painted laminate bench tops, protecting from heat, chemical cleaning products and stains,” says Cherie who warns that kitchen ceilings are often discoloured too. “Finish off by giving your ceiling a simple lick of paint to instantly refresh the room. Try Taubmans Endure One Coat Ceiling paint,” says Cherie.
As for budget bathroom renovations, Cherie has some fabulous advice to impart too. “A new bath and basin can be a huge cost but may not be needed – use White Knight Tub & Basin to make these essential areas like new again,” says Cherie who used White Knight Laminate Paint to give the old vanity above an overhaul.
“I then brought the tiles into the 21st century with White Knight Tile & Laminate Cleaner, treating them with White Knight Tile & Laminate Primer, and finished off with two coats of White Knight Tile Paint,” says Cherie who advises updating taps and fixtures also. “Before you know it you’ll have a bathroom you can be proud of and a property that has increased in value,” says Cherie.