Giving Old Tiles New Life

My clients, Justin and Melissa were ready to update their bathroom and kitchen. I had worked with them previously choosing colours and furnishings for the living room, hall and bedrooms. The kitchen worked well and really just needed a facelift. We arranged for new cupboard doors to be installed on the old carcasses and chose a new tap which brought the kitchen into Melissa and Justin’s style. However, replacing the dated brown tiled splashback would be costly and potentially could result in having to replace or repair the existing benchtop. So I suggested painting the tiles. Justin and Melissa pick up the story.

Kitchen Before

Kitchen before makeover

Justin and Melissa here. Thanks to White Knight, we have a splashback we are very happy with. Here is our story and we hope you enjoy it while picking up a few pointers along the way.

So after settling on a colour (Ashen Mist by Taubmans), we used White Knight Tile & Laminate Cleaner, Tile & Laminate Primer and Tile Paint. Before launching into anything, we sat down to watch the instructional video from the White Knight YouTube channel. We found this exceptionally helpful in showing us the steps of painting and things to look out for when taking on this project.

New Kitchen but Old Spalshback

New Kitchen but Old Splashback

Armed with this knowledge, we set off painting. First, we cleaned the tiles thoroughly with the Cleaner as that was stressed in the video. After allowing the surface to dry, we had to sand down the tiles with 120G sandpaper in order to improve the paint’s adhesion to the tiles. This required some good elbow grease as the rougher the tiles, the easier the paint will stick, so we had to get this step right.

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Upon cleaning the dust from the sanding and taping up the edges and sockets, we went about applying the Primer as an undercoat with a small roller brush for the main areas and a 1-inch brush for the edges. As it is quite viscous, it sticks well to the tiles (possibly thanks to the rigorous sanding we did). Four hours later, we started applying the paint itself in two coats, leaving 4 hours between coats (we actually left it overnight as it was getting dark on Saturday so we picked up again on Sunday morning).

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A tip that we discovered was that as the paint is an oil-based, it is vital to have paint solvent on hand. After finding the paint had started clogging the brush and roller despite leaving it in water, pouring solvent on them quickly dissolved the paint. A little water after to wash off the excess solvent and we were back in business for the second coat. We let that dry and peeled off the tape, taking the advice to allow a full week to let the paint cure (that included using the oven for all our food as using the stovetop was out of the question!)

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A Few Things To Note
Last but not least, here are a couple more lessons we learnt on our journey that we hope you find useful:

Remove the covers from the electrical sockets before taping and painting; it’ll give a nice seamless finish when you pop the cover back on.
The paint doesn’t work well with silicone so you end up with an uneven edge of paint on the silicone that was in the corner between the tiles and the bench top. I suggest buying new silicone (black in our case) and reapplying it to give these corners a nice finish again.

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It’s amazing how this simple change of colour makes the kitchen look brand new. With this missing piece in place, it really completed the look we were going for. The paint has really held up after curing and splashes from cooking on the stove top wipe off with ease.

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Finished kitchen

We hope we’ve inspired you to try your hand at a simple update of your bathroom or kitchen. Happy painting!

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Isn’t a great way to revive your home? Take a look at the other White Knight products and if you need any assistance with colour or design for your home, contact me for an appointment.

When white is not white enough

I was at the Caesarstone showroom last week when a lady came in to look at the white slabs. She was commenting to the showroom assistant that the Pure White and the Snow didn’t really look white. Her house was all black and white and she thought these colours looked too cream.

Caesarstone Whites

Caesarstone Whites

Choosing white is probably the hardest colour of all. When a “white” is put next to another “white” it suddenly doesn’t look “white” after all.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Snow benchtops

So how do you create a white kitchen (lets face it, everyone wants a white kitchen at the moment)? Firstly, choose your benchtop white. Caesarstone Snow, Pure White or Organic White are all very white but they each have a dash of another colour – yellow, grey, brown. But the trick is to match that white with the right white cabinets. If the benchtop has a touch of grey and the cabinets are stark white, then that’s the look you will end up with – grey benchtop and white cabinets. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s what you want. But to get an all white kitchen then you need to have a touch of grey in your cabinet white.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Organic White benchtops

Marrying the right white with the white benchtop will give you a seamless look. The same rule applies to tiles and other surfaces. It’s always best to choose them first and then the paint as paint can always be matched to the surface but it’s a bit harder to choose the paint colour and then find the right surface to match that.

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

All white kitchen with Caesarstone Pure White benchtops

And always look at samples of the paint and surface in your own home not in the showroom under harsh lighting or when the slabs are vertical but in your kitchen the benchtop will be horizontal. That will have a big impact on the perception of the colour.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

Matching the right white paint to the white tiles will give you that seamless white interior.

If you would like assistance choosing the right white for your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.

 

Recent Interiors and Exteriors

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It’s taken me a week and a bit but I’ve finally uploaded to my website, photos of interiors and exteriors which I have completed this year.

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My lovely friend and talented photographer, Lyn Johnston, took these great shots. We spent a day touring around the suburbs visiting clients again.

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Kitchen Before

Kitchen After

Kitchen After

It’s a fun day and lovely to pop back in and see houses that have been completed for a while. I’m very grateful to my clients for allowing me to come back, some whilst they are not even there!

Love me a red front door

Love me a red front door

You can see more images of these houses over on my website.

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Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Bedroom After

If you would like your home to have a new look, contact me for a consultation.

Employing a Painter

I was cleaning up my files last week and found a sheet I had collected about painters and painting. I have no idea where it originated but thought it was very pertinent as my husband continues to paint our house following renovations in 2012!

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It takes two coats to change most paint colours. In many cases it’s better to buy less expensive paint and to two coats rather than buy the expensive paint to try and get away with one.

Despite what your painter tells you, especially for exterior, even if it appears to cover in one coat, everything needs two coats, that is very important for durability. Painting is done by hand therefore is subject to human error so two coats are important to get a solid, protective coating on the surface.

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You should always use kitchen and bath paint in a kitchen or a bathroom. They have mold and mildew inhibitors and have faster cure time.

Regular paint cures in 34 days , so use the right paint if you’d like to shower before then!

There is no substitute for good quality products and paint.

Painters will try to tell you that it doesn’t make a difference but take it from me(?), you get what you pay for. If it costs more, it usually means it’s better.

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But most importantly,

If you get 2-3 quotes for a paint job and there is a dramatic price difference between them, consider that each painter is viewing the job differently. One painter might be pricing the job based on how fast he thinks he can do it while the other painter is most likely pricing the job on how well  (or thoroughly) he thinks he can do it.

Paint can hide a multitude of sins which must be dealt with at a base coat level. Simply covering up flaws with a top coat can lead to big problems down the road. There is no substitute for a thorough job and cutting corners on prep work is the worst thing you can do.

 

 

 

 

Period Style Kitchens

When I assist my clients transform their house into a home, I have two main criteria. I prefer to stay as sympathetic as possible to the style and architecture of the building and I must create a home which reflects the lifestyle and personalities of the occupants.

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There are many period style houses in my immediate area and many people wish to update them to suit today’s lifestyle. No-one wants to prepare meals the way they did during Federation back in 1901. However it is nice to keep some of the features like taps and sinks.

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Restoration Online are now supplying a new range of taps from 1901 Sinks and Taps reflecting the design of that era. Whilst these taps are based on the styles and shapes used in the early 1900’s they would also suit a Hamptons, Provincial or Farmhouse style kitchen, especially teamed with a porcelain butler’s sink.

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Which style of kitchen do you prefer, period or modern?

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If you would like assistance creating a kitchen to suit your lifestyle and home, contact us for an appointment.

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When space is at a premium

Not all of us have the luxury of living in expansive homes with spacious rooms to decorate. Many of my clients wish their rooms had an extra square metre or so. Unfortunately we can’t always knock down walls and create bigger rooms.

Demolishing walls

Demolishing walls

But we can dig into our box of tricks and make the rooms appear bigger.

Now we all know mirrors help as well as light walls. But making every square centimetre count is the most important. And don’t just think about the floors pace. There is lots of room on the vertical plane that can be utilised as well.

Small Bedroom with hanging bedside lights

Small Bedroom with hanging bedside lights

In the bedroom, build storage units including wardrobes and display space around the bed. Use pendant lights which hang from the ceiling and small bedside tables or shelves instead of wide, bulky bedside tables and lamps.

Small bedroom with built-in wardrobes around bedhead

Small bedroom with built-in wardrobes around bedhead

In the living room, use a coffee table with stools or ottomans underneath to provide extra seating when needed. Or use two small tables that can be placed together for one larger table or separated and drawn up to the sofa for individual side tables.

Small living room with two coffee tables

Small living room with two coffee tables

Cabinetry can be taken all the way to the ceiling which will assist with creating height plus providing much needed storage.

Small kitchen with full height cabinetry

Small kitchen with full height cabinetry

But don’t think small space small pieces. Oversized items can trick the eye into thinking the space is actually much larger than it is.

Small dining room with oversized pendant light

Small dining room with oversized pendant light

These images along with more ideas and inspiration can be found on my Pinterest board, When Space is At A Premium.

If you would like assistance with creating space in your home contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Is the kitchen a stage?

Besides the talk on Dining Rooms at the Historic Houses Trust, I also attended the talk on Kitchens.

19th Century Kitchen

19th Century Kitchen

We all know the kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms to renovate, it is also one of the rooms that will make or break the sale of the house. And we also know that the kitchen is the heart of the home.

20th Century Kitchen at Rose Seidler House

20th Century Kitchen at Rose Seidler House

The kitchen has changed so much throughout the ages. What was once a separate enclosed room with basic facilities located at the rear of the house, then moved to an enclosed room right next to the dining room and is now an open plan area full of all sorts of technology situated smack bang in the centre of the communal area of the home.

21st Century Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

21st Century Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

Our kitchens have become a performance space. I hadn’t thought about this aspect of cooking before. I thought the open plan was more so the cook can converse with the family and guests while throwing together the meal. But design historian Michael Bogle suggested that the island bench (which nearly everyone is putting in, if they don’t already have) is the stage where the cook can perform to the audience in the adjacent dining or living room.

Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

Hannah Tribe was the second speaker and she pointed out that no longer is it only women in the kitchen. The focus is now on the interior of the home rather than the streetscape. There doesn’t seem to be the attention to detail on the outside with often modest exteriors opening up to opulent interiors.

Kitchen designed by Tribe Studio Architects

Kitchen designed by Tribe Studio Architects

The kitchen is a place of nostalgia and nurturing with many of us having fond memories of our childhood spent in the kitchen with Mum or fighting with our siblings over whose turn it was to dry the dishes (that had been hand washed by Mum!)

Helping Mum in the kitchen

Helping Mum in the kitchen

Therefore we are all creating designer kitchens with a focus on the values of the occupants on show for all our guests to see. Yet we still require the basics – tons of storage, easy to clean, lots of sunlight and effective appliances, in particular a good extractor and oven.

Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

Kitchen designed by Inside Out Colour and Design

Tribe Studio Architects has just been awarded Designer of the Year at the Interior Design Excellence Awards. Congratulations Hannah and the team!

Kitchen designed by Tribe Studios

Kitchen designed by Tribe Studios

If you would like assistance updating your kitchen, contact us for an online or in-person consultation. Or visit my Pinterest Board for more inspiration

Fashionable Formica

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Formica”? For me it’s an old kitchen table dating back to the 1960’s just like the one I used to eat at for just about every meal of my childhood. It had a Formica top and metal legs with matching vinyl chairs. Formica has just celebrated it’s 100th anniversary but there’s nothing last century about their new range of colours and textures.

Formica Kitchen Table

Formica Kitchen Table

Formica has introduced 29 new products, including a combination of  flexible solid colours, versatile woodgrains, modern patterns and popular stone designs, offering homeowners and renovators with more options to create looks that work.

Made specifically for the Australian market, the updated Colour Range embraces the latest interior trends and adds a new dimension to the contemporary collection. There’s even a new clean, clear white for those people who must have a white kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

Formica in the Kitchen

Formica in the Kitchen

The new range works beautifully with the latest interior trends providing a great choice of patterns and finishes for all rooms of the home, with products suitable for either vertical or horizontal application.

Formica in the Laundry

Formica in the Laundry

For a fraction of the cost, Metropolitan Concrete and Grey Kashmir allow homeowners and renovators to create the on-trend look of concrete benchtops. Likewise, Brushed Zinc and Brushed Nickel help create the new brushed metals look without the hassle of maintaining a metal surface, but with the durability of a laminate surface.

I love the luxe look of woodgrains and the new Formica varieties can be used in both horizontal and vertical applications.

Woodgrain Formica

Woodgrain Formica

A clever addition to the Formica offering is the new magnetic metallic laminates in Glossy White and Matt Black finishes. Glossy White is the perfect answer for your magnetic whiteboard surfaces in areas like busy kitchens, kid’s bedrooms or laundries, while Matt Black gives you a magnetic chalk blackboard finish that can be fixed to kitchen panels, inside cabinet doors or throughout the pantry for handy shopping lists and notes.

Whiteboard Formica

Whiteboard Formica

The Formica Colour Range has a solution for every application. All products within the Formica range are designed to be mixed and matched and are backed by a seven year limited warranty to help create perfect interiors that last.

So what are you waiting for? Consider Formica for your next renovation project. If you would like assistance selecting the right Formica for your home renovation, contact us for an appointment.

Anyone for coffee?

I enjoy my coffee. I have one cup a day and I make sure it’s a good one. I usually find myself out of the studio around 10am so sit down in a cafe with a great cup of freshly made coffee. I’ve never really looked at coffee machines for home or work seeing I only have one cup a day. Another downside in my mind is that coffee machines take up so much valuable bench space if you’re going to buy a really good machine that does everything and rivals the local coffee shop. Image

But…..on Tuesday I was invited to a coffee workshop using the brand new DeLonghi PrimaDonna XS coffee machine. Wow! Talk about coffee machines for dummies. It’s virtually press three buttons and drink.

IMG_1572 The machine grinds fresh beans for every cup, it froths the milk and you get to choose the temperature of your coffee, the style of you coffee, the size and the strength. Press the start button and in seconds you have the perfect cup.

DSC06870 The machine is only 19.5cm wide so doesn’t take up too much bench space. It can even be built in to a cupboard in the kitchen. It’s easy to operate and to clean, has a cup warming function and can make a latte, cappuccino, flat white or espresso in a flash.

DSC06867 The venue for the workshop was Manu Fieldel’s kitchen. It’s set in the basement of an old apartment building and the sandstone walls were gorgeous.

IMG_1571 The outside of the building was pretty cute too with it’s turquoise shutters.

IMG_1576 It was a lovely morning, thank you DeLonghi. I have added a PrimaDonna XS coffee machine to my Christmas Wish List. At $1999 it’s not asking too much, is it?

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If you would like assistance designing your new kitchen or updating your existing one, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

A Sage Kitchen

In the last twelve months I’ve assisted with a number of kitchens. It’s the room that often sells a house so naturally homeowners choose it to renovate and make their own. Sometimes, the client has very specific ideas and all I’m required to do is choose the colour scheme and finishes. Others would like the entire kitchen designed and all the finishes and colours chosen. Either way I enjoy designing kitchens and making sure it suits the homeowner and their family.

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CAD mock up of my kitchen plan

This kitchen was due for an overhaul and the client’s didn’t have any firm ideas of what they wanted. They did think they should make the cabinets taller to sit just under the picture rail which would gain them extra storage.

Kitchen before

Kitchen before

The client loves green and fell in love with Caesarstone Sage when we were choosing colours. We then chose Dulux Linseed as the cabinetry colour which blended beautifully with the benchtop. To my horror, during the design process Caesarstone advised that they were discontinuing Sage. A frantic phone call to Caesarstone ensured a couple of slabs were put on hold until my client was ready to go ahead. Phew! Crisis averted. These things happen but fortunately this time it had a happy ending.

One of our inspiration images

One of our inspiration images via The Design Files

The client also wanted a computer area in the kitchen so homework could be done under the watchful eyes of parents. We extended the bench and added a drawer for pencils and paper and a hidden shelf for powerboards and chargers. EyeTV was added to the computer so it can double as a television when the computer is not in use.

Computer area in the kitchen

Computer area in the kitchen

We also created an appliance cupboard to house the jug and toaster to keep the benchtops clear and a full bank of cupboards for the pantry and crockery.

Appliance cupboard

Appliance cupboard

The island bench is yet to see some stools but the wallpaper on the front of the island adds interest and texture.

Wallpapered island bench

Wallpapered island bench

The clients are thrilled with it all.

Completed Kitchen

Completed Kitchen

Kitchen was built by Destro Renovations (he also built mine) and professional photography of the completed kitchen was by Sharon Newman of SNPhotography.

If you would like assistance renovating your kitchen, contact us for an appointment.

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