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The orig­i­nal “off the plan” kitchen has been com­pletely over­hauled by Jessica and Os­valdo. Light­en­ing up this much used space was a pri­or­ity, so a sky­light was in­stalled to bring in nat­u­ral light. Stor­age in the rel­a­tively small area was al­most dou­bled by adding white Ikea wall cab­i­nets and stain­less steel shelves, and more room for meal prepa­ra­tion cre­ated by el­e­vat­ing the mi­crowave off the bench. White gloss sub­way tiles from Bun­nings were laid in a Her­ring­bone pat­tern and, as Jessica is not a fan of “all-white” kitchens, find­ing them ster­ile, she added a deeper tone to the lower cab­i­netry with White Knight lam­i­nate paint in Taub­mans Gravel. Like the over­head pen­dant lights? They’re bam­boo bowls from Ikea that have been spray-painted on the out­side in semi-gloss black and hung with Bun­nings sus­pen­sion light kits. The other sur­prise in the Farfan kitchen is the bench­top – the orig­i­nal bench was up­dated and bright­ened by cov­er­ing it with in­dus­trial strength self-ad­he­sive vinyl in a mar­ble de­sign, a prod­uct Jess found on­line for a frac­tion of the cost of mar­ble. White tim­ber vene­tians from Spot­light com­pleted the makeover.

In­dus­trial style stools from Kmart, $25 each. KITCHEN Home hub Jess made the pen­dant lights and cre­ated a faux mar­ble bench­top (see box below).

DIN­ING A keeper

“Our large din­ing ta­ble holds many pre­cious mem­o­ries of fam­ily cel­e­bra­tions over the past 14 years,” says Jess.

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