Archive: January 2014

How to Turn your kitchen into the Heart of your Home

January 30th 2014 by .

If you’ve got space for your family to dine and relax in your kitchen but its underused then you’re missing out on creating a great area that all your brood can enjoy together and make the best possible use of. Whether you’ve got a modern or traditional kitchen, a small space or plenty of room to play with, you can employ the same clever tricks to transform your kitchen into the heart of your home.

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Kitchens can often look tired and dated after a few years, but that doesn’t mean you have to rip your units out and start again. If you’re happy with the way your cupboards are laid out and the carcasses are in good condition, then you can make the space look completely different simply by changing your kitchen cupboard doors. The doors you choose can create all sorts of different effects in your room. Continue reading

Four Ways to Transform Your Kitchen Cupboard Doors

January 27th 2014 by .

If you’re bored with your kitchen but don’t want to rip out your cupboards, you can still give the room an entirely new look simply by changing your kitchen cupboard doors. Opt to fit kitchen cupboard doors in a variety of finishes from traditional pine to high gloss black, or pick unfinished doors and create incredible effects yourself that will turn your kitchen into a unique space that completely reflects your personality. Take a look at these four ideas that you can use to turn unfinished replacement kitchen cupboard doors into real works of art.

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Delightful Decoupage
Decoupage has been a popular decoration technique for hundreds of years and it’s very easy, if a little time consuming to create an incredible effect with it. You can choose traditional images for your decoupaged cupboards or go for something ultra-modern and different, such as using old comics or foreign currency to cover your doors. You can use ordinary PVA glue to stick your images to your doors and once the images are bone dry give them a layer of varnish to make them durable and water resistant. Continue reading

Three Hot Kitchen materials for 2014

January 20th 2014 by .

The New Year is in full swing which means it’s the perfect time for a little bit of home transformation! If you’re considering giving your kitchen a facelift then why not take inspiration from this year’s most coveted trends and pick kitchen cupboard doors, splashbacks, work surfaces and furniture in some of 2014’s hottest materials.

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Wonderful Wood
Wood is a classic material for kitchen cupboard doors, work surfaces and furniture, but you can incorporate this beautiful and durable material and choose something that will really stand out from the usual oak and pine. For a more unique look pick a less used wood like mahogany, mango or ash. Alternatively opt for painted wood. Distressed effect wood is very much de rigeur but it’s a far cry from the patches and splotches of the 90s. To create a fabulous aged effect, choose unfinished wooden doors and paint them in a base coat of your chosen colour. Then paint on another layer in a contrasting colour. Leave to dry and sand with coarse sand paper in the areas where natural wear and tear would occur. Once you’re satisfied you can seal your doors with varnish. The beauty of using this effect is that you can pick any colours you like, so your doors can look chic and subtle in muted tones or add bags of fun and character with bright and bold clashing hues.

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Top Tips for Creating a Timeless Kitchen

January 6th 2014 by .

Fads and fashions come and go but when a classic design or style enters the market, it tends to stick around. Many of today’s most up to the minute homeowners are choosing to install more traditional kitchens as opposed to something ultra-modern so that they can rest assured their new kitchen will look amazing from the moment it’s installed to the moment you decide it’s time for another change – even if it’s decades later!

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traditional kitchen doors in Lissa Oak

1. Traditional Cupboard Doors

if you’ve got a healthy kitchen carcass and you like the way your units are laid out but don’t like your kitchen cupboard doors, you can avoid ripping everything out by simply changing them for something a little more rustic and high end. You’ll find lots of different solid hardwood kitchen cupboard doors to choose from in every wood under the sun, from traditional oak to exotic mango wood. Warm wood never dates and if you keep the rest of the room simple, you can enjoy tapping into current trends by changing your accessories around whenever you feel like it. Continue reading

Create a Seaside Kitchen

January 2nd 2014 by .

Whether you’re close to the coast or completely landlocked, an ocean themed kitchen can look amazing! If you love nothing more than watching waves lap the beach then you’ll adore a sea themed kitchen! Take a look at the inspiring ideas below and take away a little or a lot to create a kitchen with a subtle salty hint or one that will really shiver you timbers!

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Kitchen Cupboard Doors
If you want to transform a kitchen, one of the quickest and easiest ways to do it is to change your kitchen cupboard doors. If the sea is your decoration inspiration then bleached wood that looks like it’s been baking in the sun for decades will look incredible. You can find readymade bleached wood replacement kitchen doors online, or you can choose unfinished doors and complete them yourself. Pine or similar looks amazing with a thin wash of white or blue, or paint your doors white, let them dry, add a layer of blue and then sand to give a distressed effect. Continue reading

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