Tool trolleys make for hardy kitchen cabinet replacements in this Woody Point cottage.
A Woody Point couple has taken industrial chic to a new level by swapping out their kitchen cabinets for tool boxes.
Patrice Webb and Grant Middleton were tossing up whether to completely renovate their seaside cottage or tear it down to rebuild when they decided to give the kitchen a revamp.
“At that point we thought, let’s not go too berserk and do too much to the kitchen,” Ms Webb said.
The couple was in Bunnings when inspiration for a bargain kitchen hack struck.
“We saw these tool trolleys with timber benchtops,” Ms Webb said.
“I said to Grant, ‘you’d probably want these in your garage but in the meantime we could use them in the kitchen’.”
The Woody Point home a distinct coastal vibe.
The couple bought two of the 15-draw trolleys and one 10-draw trolley to use in place of cabinets.
“They worked out really well,” Ms Webb said.
“Having sliding drawers is so easy for storing plates and cutlery. The only things that didn’t fit were my wine glasses but we just hung them from a shelf.”
The couple has undertaken a number of kitchen overhauls but this was by far their cheapest.
The house has been painted from the ceilings to the floors.
“We’ve renovated quite a few houses and put in kitchens with granite benchtops and glossy (cabinetry), which can cost upwards of $30,000,” Ms Webb said.
“The (tool) benches cost $799 for the smaller one and $899 each for the bigger ones and we also bought a cheap cabinet for the kitchen sink.”
In addition to the budget kitchen, the pair also put in two new bathrooms and painted the cottage inside and out — including the floorboards.
“We actually ripped the carpet up and there were floorboards underneath that weren’t in very good condition, so we painted them turquoise,” Ms Webb said.
“We’re really close to beach and I realty like turquoise so I thought, why not?”
The Woody Point property is currently tenanted.
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