Kitchen makeover: A shining example

A dark palette and glossy finishes make for a chic cooking and entertaining space
Sue Stubbs

Some renovations are planned months in advance; others simply evolve, usually from a practical starting point. The latter approach was the case for this kitchen overhaul, which started with a simple desire to screen the house next door with some wall cupboards. Next stop: a whole new kitchen. 

Before: screening and a style revival needed. (Credit: Sue Stubbs)

Interior designer Michelle Burton of SMB Interior Design was briefed to block out the offending window, include better storage and replace the electric stove with a gas version. 

The small existing island was replaced with a breakfast bar, which sits alongside a large Electrolux fridge. A slab of merbau timber adds warmth, while replica Tolix stools from Glicks Furniture deliver an industrial edge. A coffee-coloured glass splashback complements the earthy tones of the floor and cabinetry.

After: chic and contemporary. (Credit: Sue Stubbs)

Sophisticated tones and textures were chosen to complement the existing African slate floor tiles, with cabinetry finished in polyurethane above and dark timber-effect laminate below. A Tito powder-coated pendant light from Designer Lights completes the contemporary scheme.

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