When I wrote about our kitchen plans, I mentioned I was thinking of putting in a copper splashback. We ummed and aahed about it for a while. But when the Sleek Concrete Caeserstone bench top arrived and then we painted a wall black (in the middle of the night because that's when all the best decisions are made right?) it became clear that the copper really would make the kitchen sing.
So, like all good DIYers, we ordered and collected the splashback, waited until the Destruction Specialist and Lego Engineer were saftely asleep and then we put that puppy in. Oh yes, that's always the best idea isnt it? To instal heavy, tricky, expensive pieces of kitchen in the middle of the night?
It was a convivial exchange between husband and wife. "Back a bit, your side, no your side, back a bit, in, there, yes there..." I think you get the picture. But we got there. After four dry fits, a few trims to one edge, and then a whole bunch of stinky adhesive.
It still has it's protective coating on, but even with that, and a copper trim to go on the black wall under the window, it's looking pretty lush already. It's a bright copper - not aged and sprayed, so we WILL get marking on it. As we go on we'll decide whether that works for us and whether the polishing gets me down, or whether we'll let it go - do it's natural thing. I'll let you know, for now, it's just....pretty.
And while I'm talking pretty, I just thought I'd point out the practical too. Those Blum cupboard openers you can see? Genius. Soft close, don't get stuck too high, but don't drop and hit you on the head when you least expect it. It's the small things in life isn't it? The small, practical, genius things - oh and the pretty swathes of copper.
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.