Suite Extension Progress | Pressed Tin, Brass Hardware & a “Leather” Sofa!

It may have been a long time coming, but work on the suite extension has finally re-commenced!

With local travel distance limits being lifted, my parents were able to visit a pressed tin supplier to solidify their kitchenette backsplash choice and, much to my surprise, came home an hour later with four panels of pretty sheet metal in the boot of their car!

Pressed Tin DIY

The “much to my surprise” is not because they rocked-up with something totally random (as we had already discussed what they wanted), but because they just went out and purchased it first go!

On average my mum usually requires at least a month and a half of contemplation time before committing to any major purchase (hmmm, I wonder where I get that from?).

Pressed Tin Backsplash

The panels are made from light-weight heat and rust resistant aluminum, and come raw. There are heaps of designs to choose from but deciding on this simple and classic pattern was pretty easy.

Pressed Tin

Some companies offer pre-primed or powder-coated sheets.
Powder-coating is not recommended by the supplier we used as it can apparently chip very easily during the cutting process. 

Although the preparatory and installation process isn’t overly difficult, it was a bit more fiddly than anticipated.

I won’t go into too much detail as there are plenty of expert guides out there, but basically all we did was first coat the panels with an etching primer before trimming them to size as needed using tin snips.

Priming the Panels

Then we attached them to the wall with adhesive, followed by some small nails (you can also use rivets).

Pressed Tin

To finish we caulked all the joins then painted the tin with two coats of water-based enamel (which is the paint type recommended by the supplier – we decided on Dulux Aquanamel in the colour ‘Snowy Mountains Half’) using a foam roller.

Pressed Tin DIY

Having never done anything quite like this before I was a little nervous about the outcome but am so happy with the result! I absolutely love it and my mum is over the moon because having pressed tin somewhere in her home has been a long standing dream of hers!

You can get pressed tin look tiles too, which we did contemplate and they do also look great, but in the end we decided to stick with the real thing.

The panels cost around $100 each and we used four (with plenty left-over). Tiles would have been quite a bit more expensive.

Now that we finally have a backsplash, we can complete the kitchenette!

We’ve ordered cabinet pulls and knobs



I’ve bought some shaker pegs to make a rail between the overheads…

Shaker Peg

And am even at the stage of considering decor, like one of these affordable runner rugs


Which one would you choose?

I’ve seen some other really cool rugs though the standard minimum runner length is 3 meters which is too long for our space. I’ve also found some amazing vintage options on Etsy, but man, they aren’t cheap! Plus, although I love the slightly disheveled nature of vintage rugs, imperfections aren’t really my mum’s thing. Which is totally fine.

In other news, my mum bought a sofa!


For a long time I thought we might use a white slipcovered sofa in the guest suite, but mum already has two slipcovered armchairs in her sitting room and doesn’t love the up-keep. With grandkids and dogs running around like crazy, I don’t blame her.

Leather was always another option, and in this case the clear best choice, and last week we came across this three seat sofa (which is actually synthetic buckskin) for under 1K. Yes please!

Mum has synthetic buckskin sofas, in a much darker finish, in her main living room (in fact, they are manufactured by the same company as the new sofa she just bought) and swears by them.

Living Room

I must admit, they are almost five years old and with all the abuse they cop, they do still come up like brand new!

The new sofa hasn’t been delivered yet but should arrive prior to Christmas. So perhaps we will actually be able to take a seat in the suite extension and share a glass of spiked eggnog to celebrate. Or maybe just some champagne because I really tried to like eggnog but I just don’t get it!


Catch up on all of the other suite extension posts HERE.

  1. Sara says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas…

    • Denise says:

      Looks great! Rug number 2 has just enough orange to blend with the sofa!

  2. Julie says:

    Yay for a blog post! :) I love pressed tin and I vote for runner number 1 or 4 because like your mum I love blue and white decor. That couch looks great too; does the supplier have a shop in WA?

    • Thanks Julie. I was going to include more details about the sofa in the post though when I did some hunting around I found that the store we bought from doesn’t actually have the product listed on their website yet! We just happened to stumble across it!
      It’s an Ashley sofa. They have a few dedicated brick-and-mortar stores in NSW, but also supply products to many other stores, along with several online retailers.
      According to their website they are the world’s largest home furniture manufacturer! I had no idea – well, I assume it’s true?
      Just be mindful if you are looking for any products listed on their website elsewhere, they are probably being sold under different names.

  3. Denise says:

    welcome back- missed you!
    I vote rug #3 as I love the vintage look and the rust in the rug will tie in with the new couch (good choice Mum!)
    Can wait to see the finished space.

  4. Elayne says:

    Great choices!

  5. Romany Lambert says:

    Number 3 is my pick!

  6. Anna, Sydney says:

    Ooooh pressed tin! I’ve been wanting to do an entire wall in the laundry but haven’t had the guts yet. Love love love the look of it!

    And love love love your parents living room!

    • You should totally do it Anna. It is a little tricky but if you just take your time it’s not too hard :)

  7. Sheryl Jump says:

    I Love the pressed Tin and so economical. I vote on rug number 3 as it offers more contrast and is warm and pops.

  8. Leslie Wood says:

    The pressed tin is so pretty – I love the way that it looks! I have to say my favourite rug is #3, but I like 2 as well (well, I like them all, but those are my favourites) I like the pop of colour of 3 and the softer, circular shape in the pattern. I can see this is going to be another amazing final result that you’ve shared with us!

  9. AMY Okey says:

    What a great update! I would choose rug #2. I went to the Kukoonrug site, but was unable to find out if the runner rugs have a non-slip backing. Can you help? Thanks!

    • Hi Amy. Thanks. For the price of the rugs, and given it’s not mentioned on the website, I would assume they are not backed. If creeping is an issue there are several really affordable options you can go with. I’ve used adhesive webbing before and found it fantastic!

  10. Karen McK says:

    Love #1 or 3

  11. 1960s girl says:

    Hello. I would choose number 2! I just hope it is machine washable!
    Have a great Christmas!

    • Thanks so much. Hmmm, whilst it should certainly fit in a washing machine I’m not totally sure how suitable it is for machine washing. But, this is just a guest suite kitchenette which won’t be used like a real kitchen so it won’t be subject to too much abuse.

  12. Mari says:

    Love number 4. Could we have more info on the couch please?

    • Thanks Mari, I love that one too!
      The couch is by Ashley Furniture. The store we bought it from doesn’t have it listed on their website yet which is one of the reasons I didn’t share more info in the post.
      Ashley have a few dedicated brick-and-mortar stores in NSW, but also supply products to many other stores, along with several online retailers.
      According to their website they are the world’s largest home furniture manufacturer!
      Just be mindful if you are looking for any products listed on their website elsewhere, they are probably being sold under different names.

  13. Pat from New Jersey USA says:

    The tin backsplash looks great. So excited you can work on the suite again. For the runner 1st choice #1, 2nd choice #4, 3rd choice #2. Rug #3 .is too orange and a no go for me. Have a great day!

    • Yes, I’m thinking maybe I feel the same way. It might be a bit too much.

  14. Terri A says:

    Love the tin and couches. I’m not good at colors for the rug.

    Iv’e been looking for a good quality couch just like the one’s in the living room. Could you please let me know the maker?

  15. Shelley says:

    So pretty! I don’t actually mind the slower pace – everything has been collected over time and looks so good! My rug choices would probably be either #2 or #4 – from there I’d have a really tough time deciding.

  16. Lynn Clark says:

    I did the exact same thing in my kitchen! A cute star pattern.Way way cheaper than hiring a tiler. I can’t tile but I can use a tin snip and adhesive. No grout to keep clean and bonus fire protection. Any time I need a backsplash this is what I’m going to use!

    • Lynn Clark says:

      PS mine came already powder coated so no extra effort. American Tin Ceilings.

      • Yes, it’s so practical…and lovely!
        The company we went with didn’t recommend pre powder-coated panels because of the risk of chipping but I assume this is mainly due to the fact that some DIY installers aren’t careful enough and it saves them (the company) the headache of having to rectify.

  17. Mary Evans says:

    Beautiful tin remodel. I like number 4 runner. It seems to match the kitchen with the squares in the rug and the cabinets. Merry Christmas

  18. Paula says:

    Hello! I’ve missed your posts so much! Well, number 4 runner is my favourite. It matches all colours and forms, but in a more subtle way. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  19. Deb from Maryland says:

    So good to see a post again! We all need to stay sane any way we can in this crazy time. Love the press tin, looks so classic – and fulfills a long standing wish – win/win!!! And, my vote is for Run #4 as well. :) Stay safe and have a Merry Christmas.

  20. Katerine Winslet says:

    Thanks for sharing this and happy holidays!

  21. Love the tin and couches. And vote is for #2.

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