The kitchen

The kitchen I,am going to have to build,some come up on ebay but by the time i re-configure and dismantling creates more problems than its worth.So i drew up a design and found a cast iron sink and fridge at tip,on a recent trip to Tasmania found a great oven still working in there tip, had it shipped home.Traditional kitchens are basically made of 2×1 and chip board shelves clad with Masonite you need to router the door for a dust proof rebate then set out for even spacings, allowing for all the cupboards you will need .Bending Masonite requires wetting and plenty off glue. The glass doors are easy,draws a little more difficult , and the chrome trim is cut down from carpet trim, the door handles Ive had for a while and hinges from e bay ,I was to use original cracked ice laminate on benches like the main house but to do that meant buying two matching tables and cutting them up, plus to many colors made me chose a simple maroon color .Ive spent hours on the computer and searched all over for funky wallpaper and was just about to give up when my local antique shop at Thirroul had the best Ive seen and the perfect amount.The wallpaper and the sink were colors I was stuck with so i decided to paint “off  white” color with black kicker.A small exhaust duct to the wall cupboards and plenty of shelf space for collectables and thats about it ,the hot water system is hidden behind the corner unit and a recess in the ceiling all looks the part!

The best part of the kitchen is the original floor tiles,in my travels i came across 100s of unopened boxes under a shelf in a local building materials factory in original packaging i couldn’t believe my luck ,and the left overs i have been selling them like hot cakes  (see my for sale page) I like the draws to have a splay which i saw in a picture and recently viewed in an untouched 1955 house in Nowra south coast of Australia,with a granny still living there! the best thing about an old kitchen is when it looks a bit old you just paint it again… I have found some great ideas on this web site and used with authentic aussie twist back soon…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Information: I have 1950’s original new/old stock vinyl wall and floor tiles with groovy marbling effect in various colours. It even comes with instructions.

Please contact me if you are interested. Please see photos- one is of my 1950’s kitchen with the tiles installed.

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the pink bathroom

Have always wanted a pink bathroom but what color combination and where? Unfortunately pink 6×6 tiles approx 15sq meters are unobtainable- your only option is to paint white ones, or get them professionally sprayed. To spray you really need to spray before you lay then white grout, but pencil white grout doesn’t look good. It’s also hard to get other colors to blend with, you have to wait 24 hours for drying between coats and it’s very expensive. To paint, Bunnings sells “white night” paint to do the entire bathroom but the finish just isn’t there- it looks crappy. In my travels as a builder I’ve looked every where for tiles but I could never find enough. Ebay offers 6×6 tiles every now and then at $8 a tile but  you would probably only find a maximum of 10 and don’t forget there’s about 6 different shades of pink. 6×6 is the traditional size in the 50s and 60s.

I did, however, stumble upon a huge source of retro vinyl tiles for walls and floor which was used extensively in various colors. To me, it was the most traditional material I’ve managed to find- the look is so unique and very few people remember it but it portrays the iconic era. Each box I have are new old stock and come with instructions; it’s been a real joy to work with. I decided to put the tiles on the floor of the kitchen instead of the bathroom, but more about that later.

I’ve decided to tile the walls in grey 6×6 with a blue border, all of which are new from Johnston tiles. I accessorized with pink- on a recent motorcycle rally I did my usual tip run and found a nice pink bath in Cooma with no scratches or chips plus a chrome external mounted shower combination with hot water system (As shown, I also have a pedestal basin and toothbrush holder and bath vents plus towel rail holders all in pink).

Now for the hardest of all materials, the floor tiles. I’ve looked continuously for 18 months for traditional tiles. Irregular block was the go then, and I can buy from a chain hardware store in the States, however they don’t ship to Australia. I was just about to give up when from a strange coincidence I found a whole truck load here in Sydney. Some great examples and colors all mosaics in designs I’ve never seen before with quantities all still wrapped in traditional paper and dry!! Ask me about them if you need to know more.  So I’m ready to start tiling .

I have made a vanity, recessed it into the wall, hinged a mirror to it and purchased traditional bullet vanity lights from the States to complete the look. Over the bath I placed a swinging glass door- I would like to get glass etching put on it but the company in Sydney has closed down so I’ll have to think of something else because acid etching is expensive. I will tell you about the wallpaper story next time…      David



fitting out

So I’ve been away, I’m up to the fitting out of bunk house. The ceiling I’ve lined with fibro- I was going to do it with masonite but the sheets are twice the price ,hard to get and heavy due to the fact that they need to be wet to install. The wall I’m going to use the boards vertically with a distressed look to match the main house. To distress the wood is a process off choosing a colour scheme of three contrasting colours the darkest of which is the base, all in acrylic don’t fill holes or splits, I found a green original cast iron sink from the tip shop so that is my top colour with pink to match the light fittings and maroon as base to match the funky carpet that was taken from a demo site. The bunks and single bed layout is complete and I’ve managed to find on a recent trip to NZ the best power point switches and fluro lights so now the rough is complete the fittings can go on. On ebay localy was a warmray wood heater small and compact which fits neatly on the central wall and exsposed s.s. flue pipe. More pictures to come on that, see you soon