[MAKING IT WORK]
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.