Archive: January 2012

LOVELY

January 31st 2012 by .
What do you think about your new kitchen doors? LOVELY
How did you get on fitting your new doors? FINE
What does the finished job look like? BRILLIANT
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? NOTHING
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments?
Name JACKIE K.

Give your kitchen a 50’s look with replacement kitchen doors

January 31st 2012 by .

The retro or vintage look is one which many of us try to recreate in our homes and one decade in particular seems to more popular than any other. The 1950’s was certainly a time when the kitchen was king. It was the age when modern kitchen appliances first appeared in stores at a reasonable price. Women returned to the home after the war to find the kitchen was fresh and modern and a joy to work in.

While women these days may not have the same enthusiasm for working in their kitchen, it doesn’t mean that you cannot turn your kitchen into a 1950’s retro space. The look is easy to achieve and can be incredibly cheap if you take advantage of cheap kitchen doors, handles and worktops.

 

Colour

The first thing which set the 1950’s apart from previous decades was the introduction of colour into the home. The 1940’s had been a period of browns and greys – dull hues which did little to inspire the homeowner. However the 1950’s saw pastel shades of cream, green, blue and pinks become commonplace. The more adventurous would even splash out on something a little more dramatic such as bright blues, oranges and reds.

The Bella range offers a number of 50’s inspired colour options in either a matt finish or even high gloss. You could go for a slightly muted olive or the brighter paprika. For a more “fruity” look the matt finish of the Knebworth Vanilla or the Roma Alabaster would be an interesting option. Of course cream is a great choice if you would rather make your mark with your accessories.

Handles

When it comes to choosing the right handles to go with your 1950’s design look, there really is only one choice. The shell handle is the most obvious option as it has the right vintage feel and is chunky enough to stand out as a design feature.

Of course plainer knobs might be right if you want a more understated look. The smaller the knob the better as you don’t want to detract from the wonderful colour of your replacement door.

Worktops

The 1950’s was when the first formica finishes were starting to be used. This meant that for the first time, worktops could be coloured to any shade. They could even be printed with different designs. They were hardwearing and easy to clean, much like today’s worktops.

Toady we tend to use composite worktops which give us the same flexibility, but they have a finish which lasts almost forever. For worktops with a 1950’s feel you could try the Green Lalique or the Lava Dust  from the Textured range or the Espresso from the Riverwash range.

Each of these are light enough to keep the room bright and fresh, but they also have a depth of pattern and texture.

Accessories

Making the most of your 1950’s kitchen means investing in some artefacts from the era.

One of the best things about designing a 50’s style kitchen is that there are still plenty of cheap accessories around to buy. Search for pretty cups and saucers, fabrics for curtains or blinds and old wall prints. Retro style appliances such as mixers, toasters and even fridges can now be purchased new and look just like the real thing.

Finally use some black and white vinyl squares on the floor, white tiling as a backsplash, followed by a pastel paint pallet and your 1950’s kitchen is complete.

So if you want a little of the 1950’s glamour which a new kitchen can provide just order your replacement doors and get started.

My doors are great – BUT………..

January 27th 2012 by .
What do you think about your new kitchen doors? My doors are great, totaly changed the look of my kitchen.
How did you get on fitting your new doors? The fitting of the doors was easy, with the holes pre-drilled for the existing hindges.
What does the finished job look like? Outstanding, very happy with them.
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? Now for the BUT! Unfortunetly i had measured 1 of my doors wrongly. As a result i needed to order another door. I had spent £480 on doors and as i had spent over £250 i recieved free delivery. When i ordered the door to replace the door which i measured wrongly, this took me to well over £500. I was so disappointed to be charged £60 for the door / delivery i had to re-order, the price of the door was fine but i was also asked to pay a whopping £22 for the delivery of 1 door. This in my view was totally exsessive, especially as i had spent over £500 and this added insult to injury over my mistake.The customer service i recieved was shocking, with a not caring attitude and no fexibility whatsoever regarding my situation.As a result, there would be no way i would deal with yourselves again, or recommend you to others.
Would you recommend us to others No
Any other comments? Kitchen doors – 10 / 10
Customer service – 0 / 10Shame that the customer service lets down an outstanding product!
Name Kevin G

Exactly what i expected. The right size, colour and no damage

January 27th 2012 by .
What do you think about your new kitchen doors? Exactly what i expected. The right size, colour and no damage.
How did you get on fitting your new doors? I nearly had a problem and it was a good job i stopped before drilling the holes for the handle, or else the missus would have kicked me round the house. But other than that it was easy enough.
What does the finished job look like? It really finishes off our bathroom.
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? I dont think you could improve. we got what we asked for and a reasonable price and there was plenty of comunnication via email which i class as good service.
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments?
Name Jason Smith

We were really pleased with the quality and finish of the doors

January 27th 2012 by .
before and after - new shaker kitchen doors

before and after - new shaker kitchen doors

What do you think about your new kitchen doors? We were really pleased with the quality and finish of the doors and my wife
is delighted to finally have the kitchen makeover she has been looking for
the past 12 months.
How did you get on fitting your new doors? I found fitting them most enjoyable and after watching the videos on your website they fitted perfectly.
What does the finished job look like? It looks just like a brand new kitchen so we are really pleased.
What could we do to improve our kitchen doors or our service? Not much I don’t think, the quality is first class and the speed of delivery was also first class so as far as we were concerned nothing really!
Would you recommend us to others Yes
Any other comments?
Name Kevin O’Neill

 

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