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DIY farm style kitchen on a budget

Burger and his wife bought a fixer-upper duplex that needed some TLC and more than a bit of renovation. One area in desperate need of DIY was the kitchen and they opted for a farm style layout that would allow them to do most of the work themselves.


The new home was a bargain buy since the property was in very bad condition. The couple moved in after finishing some of the larger renovations, but Burger is still busy with rooms that need repair and finishing.

One of the rooms that required a lot of work, and that Burger is most proud of, is the kitchen. Designed and built from scratch by Burger after hours of exact measuring and cutting, the farm style kitchen turned out as planned.

Burger bought ready-made cabinet carcasses and fitted his own supawood (MDF) doors. These were painted with Plascon Wall & Ceilings in Broken White before being lightly distressed and sealed using Rust-Oleum clear satin sealer. This ensures that the cabinets can be easily wiped clean - essential for a kitchen.

Rather than have to try and source solid wood kitchen countertops, Burger decided to make his own and bought Saligna boards from Builders Warehouse. The boards were just under 600mm wide and Burger added a double layer of board at the edges to give the tops and thicker look.


The Saligna countertops were finished off with Woodoc 25 Water-borne Floor Sealer. "I know this product is not usually used for kitchen tops, but decided to use this since it is very durable, water- and scratch-resistant, and I wanted to obtain a super smooth gloss finish," said Burger. The kitchen countertops were given 3 coats, with light sanding between the first and second coats.

Steel rods mounted in the wall provide support for timber shelves for the country-style shelves that will house essential kitchen accessories and crockery.