October 10, 2020 by GTNS 0 Comments

GTNS X Sunday Collector Part 3

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.

When it comes to planning a new kitchen, one of the most important decisions is choosing the door and drawer fronts. Along with the choice of bench top material, the door profile and colour/finish you choose will ultimately set the tone for the look and feel of the new space. 

When I was planning our kitchen update with Granite Transformations, I was introduced to the huge range of high-quality routered doors from Tesrol.  If you’re seeking modern or heritage vibes for your new kitchen, the doors are available in either a vacuum formed, polyurethane, or a custom wood finish. I personally chose a polyurethane (2-pac) Design 593 – Edge Profile 3S shaker cabinet with a custom coloured finish – Satin Dulux Lexicon Quarter. The look I was aiming for can only be described as ‘a little bit coastal, a little bit country’ – and the simple profile of this door ticked the boxes for me, which sat well with the statement door hardware I chose. 

Briar's Kitchen Close – Image credit: Chloe Snaith
I’m so happy with the quality of our satin finish door – which is really easy to keep clean and has given the small kitchen a completely new and fresh feel.

Below, I’m going to take you through three of my favourite door profile options – all popular door profiles to consider for your new kitchen, that also coincides with the extensive range available from Tesrol.


Flat kitchen cabinets are best suited to contemporary homes. Easy to clean and usually the most affordable style, flat cabinet styles can also be installed with or without handles. I’d go without handles for a cleaner, minimalist look or take choosing kitchen hardware as an opportunity to add some personality. For a bolder look, consider choosing a stand out cabinet colour – dark blues and greens in a satin finish is hugely popular this year! 

Flat Green Cabinets – Image credit: Homes to Love

I love the combination of the soft mint green flat cabinets with the oak door and drawer pulls. Note the contrasting wall cabinets with no handles.


Flat Blue Cabinets – Image credit: Inside Out

The bold blue under bench cabinets are balanced by the painted brick wall – I love the play with textures in this kitchen.


Popular for decades, and known for their simplicity and elegance, shaker style cabinets are named after a religious sect known as the Shakers who, during the 1800s, became known for their well-made, simple and functional furniture. This is a classic style that will never date, and a personal favourite of mine – as the door profile can be used across different kitchen styles – ranging from country, to modern to coastal. It all just depends on what finishes and colours you team the shaker door profile with, it’s very versatile.

Black & Gold Shaker Kitchen – Image credit: Domino

The introduction of brushed gold door hardware with the bold shaker door gives a touch of glam.

Flat Blue Cabinets – Image credit: Inside Out
I’m a huge fan of the dark navy blue cabinets in this kitchen, which sit beautifully with white/marble look benches…not to mention the stunning chevron floorboards.


Related to beadboard cabinets, but differentiated here by their lack of outlining border, tongue-and-groove – or v-groove cabinets – are currently having their time to shine. It’s amazing how quickly the country style cabinet can go from country cottage to something that suits industrial kitchens, and coastal homes – simply by removing the border from the design. Renovators aiming for a minimalist look are being drawn to tongue-and-groove cabinets. That’s because this design adds texture and interest to a space without looking too busy. This type of cabinet also lends itself well to bold colour choices –  but is also very stylish in neutral grey shades as part of a coastal-style kitchen. This is a door profile I would love to use in my next house/kitchen renovation – whenever that may be!

Grey V-Groove – Image credit: Sophie Robinson

I adore this whole vibe! The perfect grey in my opinion. A similar look could be created with the Tesrol Design 276 – EP3S door in Dulux Silkwort satin finish.

White & Oak V-Groove – Image credit: Carole Whiting
Another stunning kitchen. A calming combination of crisp white v-groove doors with flat wall cabinets in a warmer oak. Just perfect!

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

GTNS X Sunday Collector Part 2

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. 

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 bench top is the hero in the space, and I’m so pleased I chose the bolder direction of ‘Terra Chiara’. Taking out the dated servery counter and extending the bench top to create a little breakfast bench was also a massive plus. All the cabinet door and drawer fronts were made byTesrol – we replaced the dated apricot doors with  with a shaker profile in Dulux Lexicon Quarter, and the quality is amazing. I was also thrilled to get some internal elements replaced – giving us soft closing 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 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 sourcing list at the end. 

Sourcing links: 

Polyurethane shaker doors in Dulux Lexicon Quarter – Tesrol

Benchtops in ‘Terra Chiara’ – Granite Transformations

Wall oven, stove top, microwave, kettle and coffee machine – Smeg

Polaris white 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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