Monday, January 6, 2014

Getting On Top Of Benchtops

When we ordered our kitchen through Freedom, we decided to skip their benchtop options and do our own thing. Their options, from memory, were stone and laminate. 

We wanted timber benchtops but, with champagne tastes on a beer budget, had to be a little creative.

For Little House, we had used bamboo benchtops from Bunnings Kaboodle range and we decided to get the same ones for Big House.

Dan has fitted them over the last week and I'm pretty happy with how they look. He also laid out some of the splashback tiles and put in the sink, so we can get more of an idea of the finished kitchen.


Then, he did exactly what we did in Little House and using a hard-wearing two-pack floor product to give them maximum strength.




The finished product is hard-wearing and glossy and came in at a fraction of the price of traditional timber or stone benchtops. 






As you can see above, Dan has also put in the backing board for the tiled areas and has tiling the kitchen in his sights soon. He's also been busy framing, insulating, lining and plastering the ceilings in the study and pantry. 

Even with the speed he's going, we've had to revise our plans to move back in early this year. We're now aiming to be in by Winter which gives us a little time to get more money together (saving time again!) and finish painting this area. 

12 comments:

  1. That hubby of yours is a worker that's for sure....at least you have the little house to live in which is on site instead of living with in-laws or renting and worrying about the extra week's rents as the weeks go by with delays. Your kitchen is looking great and the benchtops look amazing. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  2. It's good to see it all coming together so nicely. What a lovely view you have from the window as well. (and what's a few more months - it will pass quickly.) xx

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  3. I love your blog
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  4. I love the timber look, Dan is doing a great job!

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  5. That looks so nice! Well done!

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  6. Hi from another renovator. Things happen so much more slowly than you'd like but it really helps to look back at your progress photos to see what you have achieved.
    I was wondering about your splashback tile - it's lovely. Can you tell me where you got it? Is it a ceramic tile?
    Keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, It was actually featured on The Block which is where I saw it and fell in love. It's a floor tile so thicker than we would have liked but we're just going to work with it. You can get it here: http://teranova.com.au/collections/moroccantiles/ and it's called the Amity White on Grey

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    2. I thought I recognised it.... I am looking for something similar for the bathroom floor so I was hoping that would be your answer. I will check out the website. Thanks Edwina.

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  7. Those kitchen benchtops look fabulous, very creative of you. I think you are doing a great job of saving this wonderful property instead of knocking it down and building a cookie cutter McMansion.

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  8. holy moly its SO coming together well and looks great. Rome wasn't built in a day. But I am super impressed with those bench tops and should I ever do another kitchen or have to replace my current benches I will definitely be going with this one! I remember though bunnings years ago only had two lengths of bench top and it was very disheartening. But their flat pack kitchens these days look so much better. Pity the choice wasn't there 12 years ago when we did our kitchen!

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    1. Thanks Sharon, Bunnings has definitely improved their range in the last few years - their country range ( i think that's what it's called) is what we went with in Little House and very happy with it.

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