Category: New Kitchen

August 8, 2021 by GTNS 0 Comments

Sustainable Kitchen Resurfacing

Briar Stanley is the founder of the blog (and corresponding Instagram account)  Sunday Collector, Briar’s interior decorating work and life is regularly broadcast to a following that love her fresh coastal style and little family. We are thrilled to have her on board as a contributing blogger for Granite Transformations exploring the benefits of kitchen resurfacing in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.


I’m often singing the praises of Granite Transformations to my clients – purely for their ability to transform a kitchen or bathroom without the need for a full demolition and installation – which, as we all know, can disrupt life and cost a bomb. 

I have to be honest, the sustainability benefits of using Granite Transformations had never really occurred to me, until a recent conversation with a client. They raised a very valid point: we can all help save the environment by choosing kitchen makeovers rather than choosing to build full new kitchens. This got me thinking, and I decided it would make a good blog subject to research for you all.


First of all, I came across this somewhat alarming statistic: The volume of construction waste generated worldwide every year will nearly double to 2.2 billion tons by 2025, according to a report by Transparency Market Research. The study says “reduce, reuse and recycle” policies are necessary to control the amount of construction waste. To date, such policies have been hampered by insufficient resources, lack of industry standards, slim profit margins, policy apathy, and lack of education regarding the issues.

However, it was good to discover that the processes Granite Transformations have in place definitely already leans towards the ‘green thinking’ side of things.


The importance of sustainability and protecting our environment for future generations is a focus across all industries, and home renovation is no exception. Granite Transformations’ ethos is to enhance Australia’s surfaces with natural and sustainable beauty. They use innovative manufacturing processes to create kitchens and bathrooms that are not just eco-friendly, but stunningly beautiful too, and can save you money along the way.

There are a series of methods Granite Transformations use to make their kitchens and bathroom products sustainable:

  • Why reface rather than replace? Well apart from the savings you’ll make by not ripping out cabinet carcasses and stripping off old tiles, the amount of builder’s waste that would otherwise go to landfill, by as much as 75%. The distinctive slimline materials used are for their manufactured stone benchtops are specifically designed to fit neatly over existing surfaces, eliminating demolition, debris and additional reinforcement.
  • Granite Transformations limit water consumption by using sophisticated water recycling systems at the manufacturing facilities.
  • Where possible, they use recycled materials during the manufacturing process of the engineered stone.
  • The replacement cupboard doors are produced using renewable energy sources, highly efficient computerised techniques and raw materials from well-managed commercial forests.


Below are before and after images of a recent Granite Transformations kitchen remodel in Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Briar's Old Kitchen – Image credit: Sunday Collector
Briar's Old Kitchen – Image credit: Sunday Collector
This is what I call a kitchen ripe for a transformation. Dated door fronts and bench top, but with a functional layout, internal cupboards in good condition and gorgeous natural light.

In case you missed it the first time, this is the kitchen I started with before engaging Granite Transformations. A small space that despite being 20 years old, the kitchen cabinets were still solid and in good condition. Shame it was just plain…ugly. A kitchen makeover was overdue! Granite Transformations provided a high quality new kitchen difference  a new white sink, cupboard refacing and engineered granite benchtop 


Such an impressive kitchen transformation. If in doubt, go white kitchen cabinets! Elegant and bright, I adore the stone benchtop choice, with the view of the trees.

White kitchen sink with granite benchtop resurfacing Northern Beaches
Briar's Kitchen – Image credit: Sunday Collector
Six months on, I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am with the update. The ‘Terra Chiara’ granite benchtop is the loveliest surface to work off, and the added luxuries of things such as soft closing drawers and the large pull-out bin has honestly made it feel like a brand new kitchen – all why doing my bit for the environment with less landfill.  
Natural Rattan Kitchen Door Handles Northern Beaches Sydney

I’m a big believer in the common saying that the kitchen sells a home, which is probably why I’m so happy to spend so much time planning and designing kitchens…such an important space that really needs to be carefully considered. I hope I’ve provided some inspiration with these varied looks. Happy kitchen renovating!


July 24, 2020 by GTNS 0 Comments

Stunning Northern Beaches Kitchen Renovation

Briar Stanley is the founder of the blog (and corresponding Instagram account)  Sunday Collector, Briar’s interior decorating work and life is regularly broadcast to a following that love her fresh coastal style and little family. We are thrilled to have her on board as a contributing blogger for Granite Transformations.

Presenting the updated kitchen! The photos just came through from photographer Chloe Snaith and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our kitchen renovation Northern Beaches 

As I mentioned previously, we didn’t want to over-capitalise by ripping out the kitchen entirely, and Granite Transformations came to the party by giving us a completely new look over the space of a week. I believe the new benchtop is the hero in the space, and I’m so pleased I chose the bolder direction of ‘Terra Chiara’ engineered stone. Taking out the dated servery counter and extending the benchtop to create a small breakfast bench was also a massive plus. 

All the cabinet door and drawer fronts were made by Tesrol – we replaced the dated apricot kitchen doors with a shaker profile door in Dulux Lexicon Quarter, and the quality is amazing. I was also thrilled to get some internal elements replaced – giving us soft closing kitchen drawers and reinforcement for heavy pots and pans. Another major plus was the double bin drawer that was incorporated. It’s still hard to believe that the bulk of the kitchen is all still the same behind those lovely new cabinet doors. 

The images speak for themselves, so I’ll just load everything here (can you tell I love them??), and leave you with a little kitchen renovation sourcing list at the end. 


White kitchen sink with granite benchtop resurfacing Northern Beaches
Granite Transformations Quality Engineered Stone Benchtop
White kitchen cabinet door and grantite benchtop resurfacing Northern Beaches
White kitchen sink with granite benchtop resurfacing Northern Beaches
Breakfast Benchtop Renovation Northern Beaches
Sage Subway Tiles In New Kitchen Sydney Northern Beaches
Natural Rattan Kitchen Door Handles Northern Beaches Sydney
Soft Close Kitchen Drawrs In A Kitchen Remodel Northern Beaches


Sourcing links: 

  • Polyurethane shaker doors in Dulux Lexicon Quarter – Tesrol
  • Manufactured Stone Benchtop Resurfacing in ‘Terra Chiara’ – Granite Transformations
  • Wall oven, stove top, microwave, kettle and coffee machine – Smeg
  • Polaris white kitchen sink – Schock/Abbey
  • Stainless steel mixer tap – Bunnings
  • Timber flooring – Godfrey Hirst Oak Elegance in Pearl
  • Cabinet door hardware, soap holder, wall racks and wall shelves – The Society Inc.
  • Tiles – Newport Gloss Subway Sage – Tile Cloud
  • Painting – Kate Vella
  • Grey ‘Havsta’ cabinet – IKEA
  • Kitchen Stools – vintage (purchased 30 years ago by my Dad at Aero)
  • Photography – Chloe Snaith 

June 3, 2020 by GTNS 0 Comments

GTNS X Sunday Collector Part 1

Briar Stanley is the founder of the blog (and corresponding Instagram account)  Sunday Collector, Briar’s interior decorating work and life is regularly broadcast to a following that love her fresh coastal style and little family. We are thrilled to have her on board as a contributing blogger for Granite Transformations.

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and it certainly was in our last house. At the end of last year, we downsized houses (goodbye big backyard) to be able to afford a (smaller) home in the suburb we love that’s closer to the beach.

One thing that we definitely compromised on in the new place was the kitchen. Untouched since it was built in the early 90’s, we decided to live with the relatively compact space before making any updates. To be honest, once moving in – the dated finishes (hello blue benchtop and servery) has been doing my head in. It is completely un-inspiring to stand in, and both my husband and I have been doing barely any of the cooking we have always been used to.

However, on the plus side – it has become apparent that the general layout and internal cupboards are actually in great condition, so we decided to try and find a way to overhaul the space on a budget, whilst still making an impact. I originally started to explore the budget direction of painting the cabinets and benchtops…I knew that would only be a short-term solution though. It was fate that I drove past the Granite Transformations showroom in Brookvale the following day. I originally assumed they were just another kitchen manufacturer, but was then taken through the process of what the company is also able to do with existing kitchens and I immediately felt optimistic with the concept of a cost-effective make-over – while avoiding a big demolition that would disrupt our home life too much. I was immediately sold.

The first stage of the process involved a no-obligation quote that took place in our home the next week with the lovely designer, Vicki. I was thrilled when she confirmed our kitchen was in great condition for new granite benchtops and replacement cabinet fronts. During the site meeting, Vicki also came up with a great idea that I didn’t think would be possible – she suggested we knock out  the servery counter and extend the bench to the one level, which will create a little breakfast bench – perfect for feeding time at the zoo!

Once the quote was approved, next, came the fun part – finalising the new finishes and colours. I’ve said this before, but I often find it so much harder to make selections for my own projects compared to when I’m working for a client. I blame it on being around so many choices all the time. I headed back into the showroom to see more options in real life and was really impressed with the extensive on-trend colour range available and jumped from choosing different bench surfaces. I loved the Carrara marble finish (this can be used to re-surface bathroom walls and floors too and it looks fantastic – check it out in the showroom), but then also found the Polar Ice to be a nice bright white, before finally settling on the bolder direction of a terrazzo look with ‘Terra Chiara’.

I love the apricot, brown and black flecks in Terra Chiara, which will add lovely warmth to the space. I then considered the different door profiles available and settled on a polyurethane classic shaker door, that I have ordered in Dulux Lexicon Quarter (the same white we have already painted the walls of our home). I have been really conscious of choosing a fairly neutral door profile and colour, as I know I’m going to have fun with the bench, splashback tile and door hardware.

After going back and forth with a range of tile selections, I have ordered a soft sage green handmade subway, which will create a coastal and eclectic vibe.

As we had the luxury of time to ‘live’ with the kitchen in the original state, I made sure to pull together a list of updates that have become our ultimate wish list, which includes:

  • Pull out drawer bin/s (I can’t wait to get rid of the smelly bin that I bang into every time I enter the kitchen)
  • New sink (that takes up less bench space than the existing one) and mixer tap
  • Wall installed microwave, positioned above a new 60cm oven
  • New gas burner stove
  • New pot drawers (soft closing will be a major plus)!

So, it’s all systems go for installation! I can’t wait for the day. It’s all locked and loaded for the end of the month and I’ve been informed it will be around 5 days of work with the one installer. The benchtops are being cut to size in the workshop at the moment and they will be simply fitted into place and bonded directly on to our old benchtops. There’s no need to remove the old surface – which is what makes Granite Transformations so unique!

Here we are, prepping for installation day early – getting rid of those very old and cemented splashback tiles. Exciting time for us, and the kids! At the end of the day, it’s still going to be a smallish kitchen – but I’m completely confident that with contemporary new surfaces, and the contemporary additions such as the bin and pot drawers – it’s going to be one transformed and very sweet space!  I can’t wait to take you through the whole process.


See you back here soon!



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