Melamine cup­boards get a re­vamp

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Mar­ian van Wyk • Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster

Amanda Craddock loves pretty things and she’s a whiz with a paint­brush – so the ugly brown cup­boards in her kitchen sim­ply

had to go!

If you re­move cup­board doors, mark each one care­fully so you can re­place it in the right spot , as

each door is dif fer­ent. – Amanda

The costs

This kitchen in the Cape Town sub­urb of Pine­hurst got its new look for just R5 100, most of which – about R4 500 – was spent on new ash­wood coun­ter­tops.

The project cost so lit­tle be­cause Amanda and her hus­band Bobby (a very ca­pa­ble car­pen­ter) did all the work them­selves. Bobby cut the grooves in the melamine cup­board doors and made the coun­ter­tops. The paint cost only R600 and be­cause the orig­i­nal door han­dles were still in good con­di­tion, they were able to use them again.

The project

“I love cooking,” says Amanda. “The soul­less kitchen with its brown melamine cab­i­nets and Formica coun­ter­tops didn’t work for me at all. We’d been living here for barely three months when I de­cided to get busy with the paint­brushes.”

Bobby first un­screwed the doors and re­moved the han­dles and then cut grooves in the doors with his ta­ble saw to give them a bit of tex­ture. It’s not a dif­fi­cult job but to cut all the grooves at the same depth re­quires a rea­son­able knowl­edge of car­pen­try, says Bobby. Ask some­one who knows what they’re do­ing to help you with this if nec­es­sary, he ad­vises. Amanda ( left) has been paint­ing fur­ni­ture for the past 10 years – ini­tially for her own shop and th­ese days as a hobby. She spent about three days paint­ing the doors.

“I first cleaned the cup­board doors with house­hold de­ter­gent and warm wa­ter and then I sanded them lightly be­fore coat­ing them with a primer. Then I ap­plied three coats of the blue paint with a roller.

“Now I adore my kitchen with its farm feel­ing so much that I spend hours in it!” says Amanda proudly.

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