Colourful Character – a bach kitchen

Initial home kitchen renovation

A bright and inventive new kitchen gives a nostalgic, beachy feel to this Coromandel home.

Homeowner, Sue Hooton, certainly didn’t shy away from bright colours when she and her husband Bryce decided to replace the original kitchen in their 1980s Initial Home at Cooks Beach – she had a very original idea for using old cutlery, too.

“When Sue first came to me to design her new kitchen, she’d already bought the forks and spoons, with the idea of using them as cupboard and drawer handles,” says Carol Harker from Mastercraft Kitchens Whitianga. “She’d found them in an antique shop, and asked us to work out a way of making it all happen.”

Initially, Sue had wanted them bent into shape and applied directly onto the door fronts, but that couldn’t be done, so Carol and her team devised a way of attaching them to plain, slim-profile handles, and it worked a treat. “It was a bit of trial and error – luckily she’d bought a lot,” laughs Carol. “We’d never done anything like that before, but it was fun.”

Renovating a kitchen doesn’t mean you have to change its footprint

The size and shape of original kitchen was the ideal configuration for the dimensions and orientation of the room, so it was kept, along with the position of all the appliances. This certainly helped to keep the budget down, says Carol.

“Sue liked the layout as it was, but wanted the whole kitchen updated and made more functional, with stone benchtops and a more serviceable peninsula – one that had seating and an under-bench drinks fridge facing out to the living/dining area. And she wanted colour.”

Being bold with colour

When Sue saw the swatches from the Melteca catalogue, she immediately knew the three colours she wanted for her new kitchen – Juicy (yellow), Energise (green), and Sunflower (orange), along with a neutral Antique Viluna White. Individual cupboard and door fronts were then made up and used in a random pattern around the kitchen.

“Keeping with the colourful theme, Sue had found a placemat with a cut lemon motif she wanted to use as the pattern for her splashback. So we photographed it and enlarged it, and made it up for her on back-printed glass,” explains Carol.

The effect, along with Sue’s choice of a retro-patterned linoleum on the floor and her spoon and fork handles, gives the new kitchen an eclectic, nostalgic edge. And even though it’s new, it has the relaxed look and feel that Sue was looking for.

“It was a great project to work on,” says Carol. “And Sue’s character has certainly revealed itself in the final design. You can really she’s had fun with it.”

This kitchen was proudly designed, manufactured and installed locally by Mastercraft Kitchens Whitianga.