how to guide: DIY kitchen renovations

Planning your kitchen renovation? Why not make it a DIY project with kaboodle? Easy to order and install, browse our selection of materials at Bunnings.

Is your outdated kitchen from the early 80s crying out for a redesign? Whether you have a tight budget or are looking to do it yourself, kaboodle is the DIY solution you’ve been searching for.

Why DIY kitchen renovations can be quite a commitment, the payoff is often worth the stress. The great thing about kaboodle, is we make it easy for you to renovate, giving you the flexibility to customise your journey and style to achieve the perfect fit.

Before getting started, check out our handy guide for a step by step plan for tackling your DIY kitchen renovation.

the benefits of a DIY kitchen

DIY kitchens are an excellent way for homeowners to add their own unique touch to their home. By taking on the renovation themselves, they can make design choices that perfectly suit their style and taste, resulting in a truly personalised space.

Not only does the process allow for creative expression, but it can also save a significant amount of money compared to hiring a professional. Homeowners can take on aspects of the project they feel comfortable with, from planning to installing the cabinets and appliances. They can also easily source materials from various retailers, like kaboodle, to keep costs low while still finding high-quality items.

The greatest benefit of a DIY kitchen renovation, however, is the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing the project. Seeing the finished product, knowing that it was created with your own two hands, can be incredibly rewarding. A DIY kitchen renovation is not only a great way to improve your home but also a way to boost your confidence and skills.

the 3 biggest diy kitchen renovation traps

While DIY kitchen renovations can be a great way to save money and personalise your space, there are several potential pitfalls to be aware of.

  1. Underestimating the amount of work involved. 

A kitchen renovation can be a complex project that requires planning, time, and effort. Rushing the process or failing to anticipate unexpected challenges can result in costly mistakes and a less-than-ideal result.

2. Opting for low-quality materials. 

Choosing the cheaper option for your kitchen renovation may seem like a quick way to save money, but it can cost you in the long run. This is why it's essential to look at the quality of the products over the price. Our range at kaboodle is perfect for homeowners who want to ensure their new kitchen is created on a budget while sticking to high-quality standards. All our products are AFRDI tested and certified as well as Australian-owned, so you can rest easy knowing our items will stand against the test of time in your busy kitchen. 

3. Failing to seek professional advice or assistance when needed. 

Ignoring building codes or overlooking essential aspects of the project can lead to dangerous or costly mistakes. It's important to be realistic about your abilities and seek help when necessary to ensure a successful and safe renovation.

start with the design

The most exciting part about a DIY kitchen renovation is picking the design, but it’s also the most important because you won’t get a second chance to change it once the renovation is finished. From sleek and modern to cozy and coastal, kaboodle has it all. Flick through our inspiration gallery and browse our collection of DIY designs that suit the unique style of any home

accurate measurements are crucial

Measuring your space is one of the most important steps of your kitchen renovation. Being as accurate as you can be and double-checking your measurements helps to ensure no irreversible mistakes are made during installation.

Relying on good tools, jotting your dimensions down in one dimension, and accurately recording your measurements on our planning grid sheet can help you layout your new kitchen more accurately.

plan your project

Our 3D kitchen planner tool turns your vision into reality. Featuring a range of profiles and colours, you can visualise and select your favourite combinations with the click of a mouse. Our planner allows you to replicate your kitchen space including windows and doors, fitted lights, fixtures, furniture, and appliances. Then you can get designing. Create multiple floor plans and choose between your favourites.

pick your products

The finishes you choose can make or break the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. When making this decision, you should also consider your family’s needs, such as if you require a pantry to stock groceries or want an easy-to-clean benchtop for big messes. If you’re using our 3D planner, you can pick your products using this tool.


Choosing your cabinets often boils down to the preferred layout of your kitchen. Picking a practical design that maximises storage, tight corners, and eliminates gaps is the key to a functional kitchen. Have tall ceilings? Double stack your cabinets to unlock an extra level of storage. If your kitchen is oddly shaped, our customisable cabinets can be cut and measured to suit the unique widths required for your kitchen.


The doors are just as important as the cabinets you choose! Browse our range of trendy colours from neutral greys and whites to vibrant blues and greens, whatever style you’re aiming for in your new kitchen — kaboodle has you covered.


Benchtops are one of the most important parts of a kitchen. Our products are manufactured to make your life easier thanks to a breezy installation and a range of materials available to choose from. From timber to stone-look laminates to modular and customisable options, take your pick!


The finishing touches on your DIY kitchen are just as important. Kaboodle offers a collection of parts and accessories to make your kitchen your own. Browse our range of handles, hinges, bins, wireware, storage solutions, and more online or at your local Bunnings Warehouse today.


how to start a diy kitchen renovation after planning?

Once you have a solid plan in place for your DIY kitchen renovation, the next step is to start gathering materials and tools. It's essential to have a detailed list of everything you'll need, from cabinets and appliances to hardware and finishing touches.

Before you begin any work, you should also ensure you have the necessary permits and review any building codes and regulations (if they apply to you). It's also a good idea to have a realistic timeline and budget in place.

can I install kitchen cabinets myself?

Installing kitchen cabinets is a common DIY project for many homeowners. However, it's important to have a good understanding of the process and the necessary tools before beginning.

If you're new to DIY renovations, consider starting with a small project, like replacing cabinet hardware, before tackling a full cabinet installation. You'll also want to carefully measure and plan the layout to ensure a smooth and successful installation.

If you're not confident in your abilities or don't have the necessary tools, it's best to seek professional assistance to avoid costly mistakes or potential safety hazards.