How To Update Your Kitchen Benchtop
How To Update Your Kitchen Benchtop
Replacing the kitchen benchtop can make a dramatic difference to the look of your kitchen. The kitchen benchtop is always visible and thus one of the most recognisable features. Choosing the right material is key for both your budget and your kitchen design. To help you with one of the biggest decisions of your kitchen renovation, we created this easy overview of materials and their stand-out features.
Timber is a very versatile material that is available in almost every shape and size. If you want a cozy live-in kitchen a kitchen benchtop made out of timber is your first choice. Timber has this warm feel to it and as a natural material – it has just become super trendy again. Due to its nature and the way it can absorb moisture, timber can be quite prone to stains and scratching. It is, however, relatively easy to maintain, requiring a bit of sanding and resealing every so often.
Laminate has been the benchtop material of choice for the past decades. It owes its popularity to an incredibly low price. Laminate kitchen benchtops – often known under the brand names of Polytec and
Flag a feature and create a hint of luxury in your kitchen
Do you want to make the most of your open plan living? Fancy that shiny modern look? Learn how to avoid ripples, when going for high-gloss cabinets. Here are some things you want to consider when catching the light in your combined front room dining area.
The modern light filled seafront loft is the latest trend. „More and more clients are asking for the shiny translucent look that brings the insight out”, says Tim O’Brien, Dianella Polishing Production Manager.
Cabinet makers can provide you with several options to achieve that look. You can chose of acrylic doors, glass doors, MDF (medium density fibreboard) laminate or melamine boards.
Ripples are too much of a seaside theme
The different materials come with an according price tag. Most of the times it does not matter which substrate you choose. All materials can be finished with the same range of paint from Satin (30% gloss) over Semi Gloss (60% gloss) to high gloss (100%gloss) and Gloss Buff.
However the higher the gloss level is, the more susceptible are your cabinet doors to ripples. This is when the substrate matters.
Ripples on sprayed cabinet doors have their name from those very similar structures you see
Kitchen Facelift ABC – M like Melamine
Most people have heard of it. Many have it in their kitchen but only few know what it actually is: Melamine. In this episode of our Kitchen Facelift ABC – M like Melamine we introduce you to “Melamine Faced Chipboard” or as most people know it Melamine. If you are wondering what melamine kitchen cabinets actually are made off read on.
Melamine is a chemical substance that when combined with Formaldehyde makes a very sturdy resin used to produce high-pressure chipboards and laminates such as Formica. Your Cabinetmakers cuts the pre-finished board to shape and size and uses it to build furniture. He uses it in kitchen and laundry cabinetry, office desks, cupboards, for wardrobes and shelving. It is an easy product to work with when planning a Kitchen Facelift.
The melamine boards come in a large number of plain colours as well as special finishes. They are strong, durable, resistant to heat, moisture, stains and dirt. This makes them a popular choice for kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. The greatest advantage of melamine cabinets is its affordability. Compared to solid wood cabinets with a very similar finish they are lots cheaper.
Prone to chipping and hard to repair