The Brief: To update this early 1980s Tasmanian Oak kitchen. The layout was still very practical and the clients wanted to keep the costs down. Wanted a more modern kitchen that felt lighter and brighter.
The floor tiles had to be replaced. Due to the age of the house the floor had a lot of movement so the tiles kept cracking. Vinyl planks were used as they allow for lots of movement. They also wear well in heavy traffic areas, water does not worry them and they are easily replaced unlike floating floors. New granite bench tops with a modern square edge were fitted over the existing laminate ones. Marble look tiles were used on the splash as a far cheaper and hardier alternative to authentic marble.
As the kitchen cupboards and island were very strong and intact, they were kept at a considerable saving. The cupboards were painted white and the island in this grey/blue to break up the starkness of the white. Original artwork used to brighten and personalise the space.
The client has a collection of modern and vintage kitchenware so we decided to take out two large and heavy looking cupboards and replace them with some open shelving. This adds pops of colour and individuality to the space, and items are more likely to be used than being hid away in a cupboard.