Cherie Barber Launches Comprehensive New Kitchen Renovation Course


Australian renovation queen, Cherie Barber has launched a new online course ‘Create Your Perfect Kitchen’ to equip any property owner with the know-how and skills needed to confidently design, plan & install a brand-new kitchen.

Having personally renovated more than 50 kitchens over her 30-year career as a professional renovator, Cherie has condensed her knowledge into a highly engaging online course, which includes the filming of an entire kitchen renovation from start to finish.

“I’ve covered absolutely everything a property owner needs to know to feel confident in project managing their own kitchen reno versus outsourcing their project to a much costlier kitchen showroom. The course covers the creative design & planning phase, all the individual components that make up a kitchen, budgeting and managing trades in a way they can deliver their best work, right through to the step-by-step sequence of construction”, says Cherie.

Split into 38 topics over 4 modules, the course offers information-packed videos, downloadable course notes and access to a private student community on Facebook. Also included is a kitchen project plan template that students simply adapt for their own reno.screenshot_4

Cherie is well-known for her ability to break down complex challenges into a format that is simple to digest with processes that are easy to replicate. She said her large community of followers have been indicating the need for a detailed course on kitchen renovation.

To enrol, click here.


    Tradies know what they’re doing and will know if you don’t. And some (not all or many) will take advantage of this fact by tweaking their invoices in their favour.

    How to avoid inflated numbers? Act like you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t!) Get 3 quotes and don’t say ‘this is my first reno’ out loud.

This one is a no-brainer. If you don’t know if you’re allowed to knock down a wall, don’t knock down a wall.

It’s better to be safe than sorry because it’s really hard to un-knock down a wall. And being ‘sorry’ involves stop work orders and fines. Check with your local Council first unless you like funding government revenue.

How will your kitchen be used? Ask this question. To yourself. To your family. To your imaginary prospective buyers. And then design to the answer.

Do you have a big family who enjoys Taco Tuesdays? Don’t install a mirrored splashback. Are you a clumsy wine connoisseur? Steer clear of porous marble benchtops. Are you selling to a single person? Forget the 90cm cooktop. Think long and hard about who’ll be using your room and how.


Big stores have big advertising budgets and (sometimes) big prices to pay for their big advertising budgets, so don’t fall in the love with the first oven you see.cherie-barber-nov-2019-33

Look for the bargains. Smaller stores can be really competitive on price. Paint goes on sale so buy all your bits & bobs when they’re on sale. Buy items such as your cupboard handles in project packs …. a 10-pack of kitchen handles will be almost half the cost of buying all your handles individually. Check eBay or Gumtree for new items that didn’t work for another renovator because of one of the reasons on this list. There are many ways to bring the price down, just invest the time looking.


Your kitchen needs to last at least 20 years. Trends and fads don’t need to last and rarely ever do …

Industrial kitchens used to be cool and the thing to do, but nowadays are only appropriate in lofts, city dwellings & real industrial buildings. Predict the future if you can to ensure your kitchen style will last the test of time.


Think of your kitchen like a well-designed outfit. Every fixture & fitting within it, needs to make sense. The layout, materials & colours within this room need to fashionably blend together, especially with other rooms in your home.


Kitchens have demands. Cupboard doors prefer to not hit feature lights when they’re opened. Drawers have a real problem knocking into each other. Fridges hate being forced to live out their days right next to their arch enemy, the stove. An easy way to not make your kitchen mad? Learn good kitchen design by memorising the ‘working triangle.’

This is what real nightmares are made of. Buying something that you “love & must  have” paying for it then having to rip it out because it’s the wrong dimensions / material / colour etc.

To avoid middle-of-the-night screaming, familiarize yourself with the correct sequence of construction, before you start. Make sure your layout is correct and your measurements are accurate. If possible, borrow another set of eyeballs to double check both.

Surprise birthday party? So fun. Surprise promotion? Yes please. Surprise water rot under your floorboards with no money in the kitty to deal with it? Worst thing ever.

You might be naive to think this won’t happen to you, but it will. You know why? Because you can’t see what you can’t see. In order to deal with the unknown risks of renovating your kitchen, plan 10% contingency for surprises along the way.

Do. Not. Spend. More. Money. Than. You. Should.

If the cost of your kitchen renovation is starting to exceed the value this update adds to your property, then you’re knee deep in #10. This is a big no-no. Have a budget and stick to it. A renovated kitchen should cost no more than 3% of your current property value. Not. One. Gold. Coin. More.