As cool as can be

Float­ing shelves and a new is­land – plus a fresh paint job – have re­vived the De Wits’ kitchen.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Maryke Roberts Pho­to­graphs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster Styling Mar­ian van Wyk

Elzaan and Arno de Wit’s clever ideas are not un­fa­mil­iar to

Home read­ers. They are reg­u­lar en­trants in our an­nual Fix it with Flair com­pe­ti­tion and in 2015 were placed in the Top 5!

When you take a look at this kitchen, it’s easy to see why.

The cou­ple and their five-year-old son Noah have been liv­ing in this house in Wel­ge­moed out­side Cape Town for the past three years. Arno is a leas­ing con­sul­tant at Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties in the city cen­tre and Elzaan is an in­de­pen­dent travel con­sul­tant who works from home. She says that this is the long­est they have lived in one house.

“We are ha­bit­ual ren­o­va­tors – this is our eighth home in 10 years, but it looks like we may set­tle here for a while,” Elzaan says with a wink.

Their kitchen project took just two weeks and the De Wits say peo­ple are amazed at the trans­for­ma­tion they achieved largely with paint.

But this wasn’t their first paint­ing project. “We’ve ren­o­vated, painted and sold the ugli­est old houses; Arno has dragged home many di­lap­i­dated pieces of fur­ni­ture that now en­joy pride of place in our home af­ter a fresh coat of paint,” says Elzaan.

The floor is a mush­room­coloured ce­ment fin­ished with a polyurethane sealant. Who lives here? Elzaan and Arno de Wit, and their son Noah (5)

WHERE Wel­ge­moed, Cape Town

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