I recently did an interesting job that I thought would be quite relevant for many readers. I got a call from someone with an existing timber kitchen, which they’d had for 25 years. They were doing the research to see if it would be better to get a new kitchen or update the old. The cost of a new kitchen can be quite expensive. Their kitchen was well designed and well. The fact that it had lasted so well for 25 years and would last at least another 25 made me feel that an update would be the better option. I did quite a few samples for the client. She wanted something traditional but that still looked neat and fresh. She decided on Dulux double strength antique white U.S.A. with a subtle antique glaze over the top. There was enough texture in the kitchen from the tongue and groove profile doors and the details of the kitchen. She changed the old, wood edged laminate benchtop to a beautiful Ceasar Stone, and replaced the splashback tiles with a more contemporary take on a traditional kitchen, using hand made, off white brick patterned tiles. She also changed the handles from gold to a brushed pewter. The ‘new’ kitchen was quite a transformation. As I said, the kitchen was already a good design; really accessible and easy to work in with plenty of work surface and storage, so the changes were purely cosmetic. The paint and tiles lifted the kitchen making the room appear fresher and lighter.
Have a look at the ‘before’ and ‘after’
pictures and see what you think!