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Dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion, the ceil­ings were re­moved to ex­pose the wooden trusses in the liv­ing area. “We didn’t know what state they would be in but they were per­fect; we just had to have them painted. We used Sisala­tion as the first layer of in­su­la­tion un­der­neath the roof, and then a thick layer of Isoboard to fin­ish it off,” says Linda.

Deon van Rens­burg of Solid Grain helped the cou­ple cut costs by us­ing me­lamine to build the kitchen cup­board car­casses and Su­pa­wood to cre­ate the farm-style doors.

The cou­ple’s old pine ta­ble and benches were orig­i­nally all-white but the cou­ple wanted the tops to match their black­wood coun­ter­tops, so they used teabags to stain the wood. Here’s how: first they soaked 12 teabags in hot water and left them to cool. Af­ter sand­ing the top of the ta­ble and benches, they used a paint­brush to ap­ply the tea, adding coat af­ter coat un­til it was the de­sired hue. They did about four coats. Once dry, they sealed it with Woodoc Antique Wax. >> Float­ing shelves (above) dis­play china, kitchen­ware and other dé­cor items that had been stuck away in stor­age in Linda and Al­marie’s pre­vi­ous home. “We love our splash­back tiles – it’s like hav­ing a big piece of art to look at,” Linda says. The brass han­dles for the cup­board doors were re­claimed from school desks and their car­pen­ter pressed black­wood floor­boards to­gether as an af­ford­able so­lu­tion to a cus­tom-made wooden coun­ter­top.

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