Kitchen sinks and taps

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A full range of sinks and taps are available online with immediate delivery anywhere in Ireland. Click here to see our range of Kitchen component taps where you can browse the exciting new designs in our contract range.

You can also see our full selection of kitchen sinks in top mounted, under-mounted or Belfast style in the sink section of our new website – just click this link.

Whether its contemporary flair or traditional elegance you are looking for you will find a tap you will love at a cost to suit your budget.

We supply direct to you the customer in order for you to receive the best prices in Ireland and with any order over €80 (ex vat) you will get FREE DELIVERY!

Just browse our website and your new sink and tap are only a few clicks away.

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Repaint your kitchen Cabinet Doors

Ever consider repainting your kitchen cabinet doors?

There is currently a growing trend towards painted solid wood kitchen cabinet doors. In fact if you visit most showrooms you will see evidence of this. The offering is a mixture of shaker simple designed doors which can have a raised or flat centre panel , or a little more elaborate designs with decorative internal and external profiles. All of the doors have moved away from a smooth painted finish to a brushed or textured finish with the grain visible.

If you are on a budget consider this. Why not repaint your kitchen cabinet doors? If you have a kitchen fitted and the door is solid – chances are that they are oak. It may be tired looking now but by removing the doors, side panels and cornice and repainting them it can really improve your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of a new one.

There are a large number of people specialising in offering this service. While you can repaint your kitchen cabinet doors yourself there are a number of important points to be considered.

The doors must be cleaned in advance otherwise the new paint finish will react to the grease and dirt. It is important to note that using household cleaner is a bad idea. It may clean the door, but most of these products have chemicals such as silicone base that will react to new paint.

Once the surfaces are cleaned you are nearly ready to repaint your cabinet doors.  They need to be sanded in order to take a primer coat and for this primer coat to stick to the door. In some circumstances it may require a second coat.

Finally the finish coat is painted on to the door. By doing this yourself you can save some money. However by using a professional the likelihood is that they will remove the doors and prepare them in a workshop and refinish them using a spray gun which will give a much better finish. This also prevents mess in your home.

It also gives you flexibility – if you want to replace your handles with a more up to date one or a knob then a good craftsman will be able to fill the existing handle holes to make way for new ones.

We have a really great selection of quality handles that will not break the budget and will transform your kitchen doors. Please have a look at our range of kitchen knobs and handles there are some fantastic new additions.

Cup Handle

Cup Handle Brushed stainless steel finish

Chrome Victorian knob with rose
Victorian Knob in polished chrome

 

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Kitchen Components Direct Welcomes Salice

 

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We are delighted to announce a great new relationship with Salice. Kitchen components direct are pleased to be associated with such a well reknowned brand and acting as the Irish distributors we can now bring to you our customer some great quality products under the salice label.

The Salice Silenta Hinge is a triumph of engineering and design with a variety of hinge plates to complement the hinge itself.

Some of the features:

  • Integrated soft close built into the cup
  • Cup depth only 12mm
  • Full 3 way adjustment 4mm up/down, 2mm in/out ( depth adjustment), 6mm left/right
  • The only hinge with soft close available in 105, 155, angled, offset, inset angles
  • LGA approved, rigorously independently tested and passed 80,000 cycles with load, and certified for use in furniture production
  • Reknown for quality – ISO900 quality cert, manufacturing quality products since 1927

Items are currently available to purchase in our hinges section. We will be visiting customers in the following months to show the technical qualities of the hinges in person. In the mean time if you wish to receive samples, technical manuals or working sample blocks we would be happy to assist.

Drop us an email for more information. Much more products are available also including Lift up stays, bifold mechanism, undermount runners etc.

Regards,

John

Salice Silenta soft close hinge

Salice Inset hinge soft close

Salice Silenta 155 soft close

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Handles and Knobs – Refresh your Kitchen, Update your Kitchen Doors!

Tired kitchen cabinets?

No need to replace your kitchen or your doors. Kitchen trends are changing constantly and this year there is a real emphasis on painted kitchens in Ash and Oak. If you have an Oak kitchen even better! Following some simple steps will give your kitchen a fresh new look.

Firstly take off your hinges these will screw off easily and store for replacing later. Then take off your handles; if you have knobs there will be one hole, if you have a pull handle you will have 2 holes.

Before refinishing your kitchen doors decide on what type of handle or knob you would like. This year large knobs are all the go and the finishes vary considerably from solid wood knobs finished in natural oak or wenge, to porcelain knobs – midnight blue knob is our most popular this year , chrome knobs like the Bee hive or Queen Anne knob are also very popular. There is a full selection of handles and knobs in contemporary and traditional styling in our Kitchen Components E-Shop.

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Midnight blue Knob

Porcelain handle

Midnight blue crackle

If you have a pull handle and want to replace it with a Knob you will need to fill the top-hole. Be careful if you are using a pull handle to replace an existing one as the distance between the holes centres (cc) or centre to centre can vary. Measure from the centre of one hole to the centre of the other to get the distance. All of our handles show this measurement together with the overall length of the handle.

Filling an unwanted hole is simple. Use Everbuild 2 Part High Performance wood filler (available in our online shop!). Follow the instructions which are very easy and it dries in 30 minutes allowing for sanding, drilling, over-painting.

Next the door, gables, cornice and pelmet needs sanding before it is primed and painted.Use 240 grit and 360 grit paper. Firstly with the 240 sand all the surface of the door making sure to denib the lacquer coat. (The lacquer should turn from a gloss to a dull finish). Then re-sand with 360 this is to ensure a smooth finish with paint.

Many paint suppliers now offer complete range of Farrow & Ball colours ex stock. Decide if you are going to hand paint or spray your doors. Spray finish is more professional as opposed to hand paint which is more rustic. There are many good professional painters available. If you need help with sourcing one we would be happy to put you in contact with one in your area. (territory of Ireland) You will need to prime with an undercoat allow to dry and then denib to ensure a good smooth surface for the final coat.

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Handles and knobs

Once the doors are painted replace the hinges and hang on to the cupboard. Then refit with your new handles. Please check your handle hole centres distance and measure up from existing hole and mark. Make sure to have your position vertical .

When drilling your new hole use a 3 mm drill bit drilling from the front of the door toward the back of the door. Usually doors are 21 mm thick some vinyls 18- 19 mm. So a tip here is to measure the thickness of the door. The measure this distance on the top of the drill bit and mark with some masking tape. This way you will know when the drill bit is about to break though the back of the door. Reduce pressure and speed to avoid break out. Repeat using a 6 mm drill bit. Tighten fixing bolts through the door into the handle.

This is a very cost effective way to revive your kitchen and updating your kitchen in this way keeps your kitchen modern and relevant.

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Kitchen sinks and taps, choosing sinks and taps

Sinks and taps have so many different variations now its almost impossible to stay up to date with latest trends. We will look at taps later in another post and will concentrate solely on sinks during this piece. There are many types of kitchen sinks. At Kitchen Components Direct we supply quality products focusing on only using reliable materials and leading design giving you our customer sinks and taps with exceptional quality at wholesale prices.

Inset Sinks

Also known as top mounted sinks. These kitchen sinks are placed directly on the worktop. Laminate work tops or post formed work tops usually manufactured from chipboard are best suited to inset sinks. The worktop will have a cut out so that the sink can sit into it and the edges of the sink are sealed to the work top with sealing tape and fixing clips.

There are many types of top mounted sinks to choose from. Choices include single bowl and drainer reversible sinks, bowl and a half with drainer sinks, round bowl round drainer, round bowl, square top mounted sinks naming just a few.Sinks and taps included in image are Franke range.

For more information please check out our top mounted sink page.

Top Mounted Sink

Top Mounted Sink

Franke Sink & Tap

Franke Ascona Sink with Franke Zurich Tap

Undermount Sinks

Undermount sinks have become very popular in recent times particularly since more and more people are updating kitchens and improving their existing homes. People are putting in kitchens that they will last. Sinks and taps are important finishing touches.

Undermount sinks are designed mostly for granite. Although in recent times with improvements in technology some companies offer postformed worktops shaped and edged to suit the sink shape. You can also use solid worktops which come in a variety of wood species.

Undermount sinks come in a variety of sizes and shapes. The pressed stainless steel bowl are available in half bowl undermount sink ( small utility bowl), single bowl undermount sink, large undermount sink and one and a half bowl undermount sink. In addition undermount sinks also come in square shape. These tend to be more expensive as they are hand welded and hand polished. More contemporary in style although cleaning particularly in the corners is a task!

Images of KCD One and a Half Bowl Undermount sinks. Granite manufactured by Stone World. These come in a variety of sizes. Check out our sinks and taps section and our sinks page for more details

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Undermount Sink

undermount sink

Undermount sink one and a half bowl

Ceramic Sinks

The most popular is the Belfast Sink by far. Although there are now so many different choices even single bowl and one and a half bowl inset sinks in ceramic. In addition to ceramic sinks we also have composite sinks which is manufactured from composite material and resin which is machined to shape giving an extra dimension.

Belfast sink

KCD Belfast Sink

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Free Franke Sink and Tap Give Away

We have recently added Franke Professional range of taps to our site along with the Franke Ascona range of kitchen sinks. To celebrate this we are running a competition to give away a Franke Ascona sink with a Franke Zurich tap. To enter this draw please like us on our face book page and we will draw the winner at 6 pm 1st March 2013. Total value is €300.00. For full details go to our Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/KitchenComponentsDirect

Good Luck!,

John, Andy and Team

Franke Sink & Tap

Franke Ascona Sink with Franke Zurich Tap

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House Prices and the Kitchen Industry Outlook

I was reading a piece by Dan O’Brien yesterday in the Irish times on the delicate state of our economy and the outlook for kitchen industry. Its heading “Escape from recession not on the cards in 2013” hardly shocking ground breaking news.

The article began “Nobody – at home or abroad – believes that the Irish economy will bound out of recession in 2013. The best forecasters and observers dare to hope for is that output grows modestly and that the shake out in the labour market comes to an end.” Having witnessed close to 5 years of a housing crisis with house prices in free fall and the collapse of the construction industry and associated kitchen industry there are welcome and continuing signs over the past number of months.

Surveys pointing to stronger consumer and business confidence, and last weeks CSO figures on residential property prices ( for November) provide further evidence that the stabilisation of the market, in evidence since the first half of last year is holding. For all of us in the kitchen business any stabilisation of property prices and positive consumer confidence is very welcome indeed.

Lets be positive, people still need to live somewhere. First time buyers will enter the market if prices are not falling.  Families are growing and running out of space, they may not trade up but may convert and improve existing space. The key now is to offer great value for money. There may not be any major improvement this year but I would settle for no further deterioration and a bottom out. With tight budgets, value for money and quality products with quality service are all important but by far great value is the key this year. We will strive to offer the best prices to customers backed up with great quality and a prompt service. When the load gets heavy we got to pull together.

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Welcome to all!

Welcome to our newly added News Blog. Here we will be sharing all the latest trends and fashions to hit the kitchen industry. We will keep you informed on all the latest products introduced to our site together with helpful tips on how to update aspects of your kitchen without breaking the bank!

Handy info videos with step by step instructions will ensure you get the very best from all of our products and we will have regular contributions from kitchen designers discussing kitchen related products we think you’ll enjoy.

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