Saturday, 10 September 2011

Kitchen Selection

This is a close up of the splashback tile.
Thought that we might add some detail and share our chosen selections for the kitchen. For the cupboards we were very tame and safe and chose all of the cupboards in a white polyurethene, which is shiny for those that didn't know. We are hoping that the polyurethene will be easier to clean. The doors are plain with no bevilles or engravings. They will have plain stainless steel handles that will be square form with no edges to get caught on. In our last home D1 ran past our pot drawer and her school uniform hooked the handle and she came back face first into the cupboard. She had a very bad black eye after that. Mum wanted horizontal handles so she could hang a tea towel or hand towel if needed, but Dad said to keep them vertical so Mum could not hang tea towels where they should not be hung! Dad won that debate!

So for our benchtop we have chosen a Ceasarstone benchtop in Linen. This is a very light coffee colour. It is very pale with a slight sandy fleck. It is hard to describe but there are no large aggregates or sparkles to it, just very neutral.

We didn't want the kitchen to be too drab but the large items are all neutral colours to match the neutral couloured floor tiles called Parkland Ash Smooth Parchment Cirrus. They are 600 x 600 tiles.

This is the floor tile and the splashback tile, together with the Lustrous elm laminate. They are different but because they are far away from each other they look very similar and match well.
We have a breakfast bar so we chose a wood grain type laminate for under this breakfast bar and on the side of it. We chose a grey brown colour called "Lustrous Elm". It is very "funky and is a bit "out there' for us! It is a bit retro  with a modern twist. Having three children we were certain that there was no way that under that bench was going to be kept dirt free with 6 little hooves kicking it every time they sat there for breakfast. This laminate will disguise the scuff marks we hope.

The whole kitchen has brushed stainless kick boards along the floor which gives it a lift and makes it look a bit "fancier" so to speak.

Above our kitchen sink there are big windows that are stacker windows. So when we are entertaining in the alfresco area we can open them right up and Dad can pass all of the salads and desserts he has made straight out the window while mum drinks beer, talks about footy and turns sausages on the BBQ outside! Then when everyone has finished eating you can pass the dishes back in the window to the sink!!Oh sorry ....I was just daydreaming then! But you get the drift!

These are the windows we will get out to the alfresco. Would love to have that cute little deck too....but hopefully that will be where the pool goes. Just waiting for our lotto win!.
For our splashback we tossed up all of the different materials that could be used. Love the look of glass and love stainless steel, but practicality wise these would not work well as we are messy cooks!! Especially with three young masterchefs in the making wanting to help with the bamix. So in the end we chose some beautiful tiles for our splashback that are large 600 x 300 tiles. They are called Linear Brown Vertical. We have seen them used around baths and as a splashback since we chose them and are really happy with our choice. Along the wall we will have a special feature tile which is the same tile but it has a flower motif embellished on it. The flowers are textured and the feel is like sand but the look is like salt crystals. You have to see them in real life to appreciate them.
This is our splash back tile. The whole length are the plain tile then there will be one of the above floral feature tiles.
The kitchen appliances are all stainless steel and Mum will finally have a dishwasher that you can plug in. She will still keep the old one she married as back up though and D1 and D2 have been practicing as stand ins too! Dad is looking forward to having nice soft hands that are not so dried out from the dish detergent.
So that covers the is the bathroom.
Over and Out!


  1. Nice choices!! It will be exciting to see everything come together! :)

  2. Love your kitchen choices Carolyn, the stacker window is a good idea.

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    Jackie >_<

    1. that is great. I really need to update the blog..hope something was useful!!