A lit­tle French flavour

No stranger to DIY, Jan­nette Pren­tice loved cre­at­ing a kitchen with plenty of ooh la la!

Home Renovations - - Contents - By Beat­rice Moore-nöth­nagel • Pho­to­graphs Elza Roux Styling Amanda van Wyn­gaardt

Rea­son for ren­o­va­tion

For Jan­nette, the say­ing “she was born with it” def­i­nitely rings true. This se­rial ren­o­va­tor re­mem­bers how as a child she used to hap­pily play with ce­ment while her mother was busy with a fix-it project. It was no sur­prise then that when she and her hus­band Craig walked into their new home dat­ing back to the sev­en­ties and found the ceil­ings fall­ing apart, the car­pets smelly and the bed­rooms barely big enough for a sin­gle bed, that she was in sev­enth heaven.

The kitchen, with its old yel­low pine cup­boards, Formica tops and beige tiles, was par­tic­u­larly dated. Luck­ily, Jan­nette was able to re-use the cup­boards and save on costs.

Main al­ter­ations

• The wall sep­a­rat­ing the kitchen from the liv­ing room was knocked down and one of the win­dows was re­placed with a slid­ing door. All the wall and floor tiles were re­moved.

• The re­main­ing cup­boards were re­stored and painted white. The han­dles were re­placed and new gran­ite tops fit­ted. A few ad­di­tional open cup­boards were added to en­hance the chic aes­thetic.

• An is­land was built in the mid­dle of the kitchen, cre­at­ing a so­cia­ble spot for fam­ily and friends.

• The walls were painted char­coal and the raw bricks were fin­ished with a white paint tech­nique ( see side­bar).

• Dec­o­ra­tive polystyrene tiles were glued to the ceil­ing and a splash­back con­sist­ing of large red tiles was added to pro­tect the wall.

• Jan­nette’s su­per handy mom, Angelique Tromp, helped to fit the basin and also as­sisted with the plumb­ing.

• A tiler laid the large floor tiles (120 x 60cm each) that Jan­nette loves so much.

Who lives here? Jan­nette and Craig Pren­tice and their kids Ty­lyn (8) and Evan (4)

WHERE Van­der­bi­jl­park, Gaut­eng SIZE 47m2

Jan­nette loves the arch al­cove; it adds a bit of French flair while main­tain­ing a con­tem­po­rary look and feel.

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