Cre­ative wife, cre­ative life

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When in­ter­viewed about their project, Len said they’d al­ready writ­ten the head­line for their ar­ti­cle in Home: “A lit­tle bit of bud­get, and a lot of Faith”.

Faith is an artist and many of her in­ven­tive ideas were im­ple­mented dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion project: tiles that she de­signed, hand-painted and baked have been used in the kitchen and bath­room, and old sash win­dows have been clev­erly re­pur­posed as a screen in the shower. She also re­uphol­stered most of the fur­ni­ture her­self and made all the cur­tains.

Len, of course, also had a few tricks up his sleeve. “I even col­lected peb­bles from a lo­cal quarry to dec­o­rate the gar­den!”

Burn­ing the mid­night oil, the cou­ple fin­ished the ren­o­va­tion and made mas­sive changes in just seven-and-a-half weeks. And they weren’t the only ones to bear wit­ness to the trans­for­ma­tion. “Strangers of­ten stopped and gath­ered around the house to see what we were do­ing,” Len says. “We had plenty of re­quests to view the house dur­ing the ren­o­va­tion and we obliged be­cause it was nice to share the ex­pe­ri­ence. Friends, but also strangers and peo­ple who were just cu­ri­ous, popped in at dif­fer­ent times and brought us meals – our fridge was of­ten stocked to the brim!”

Although the cou­ple gave all the homes they rented their per­sonal touch, this was the first ma­jor ren­o­va­tion they had tack­led. “For once, all the en­ergy we spent was for some­thing that be­longs to us,” Len says hap­pily. >>

Red kitchen cup­boards painted with Du­lux African Ad­ven­ture 2; walls painted with Du­lux Rum Raisin and Silk Moire

It’s in the de­tail A stained-glass win­dow, a gift from a friend, was built into the wall at the en­trance. It was in stor­age for 10 years – but now Len and Faith have fi­nally found the right spot for it. Tiles from The Tile House

Len and Faith re­moved four lay­ers of vinyl from the kitchen floor and then tiled it us­ing two shades of grey ce­ramic tiles. The gaps be­tween the tiles are filled with sil­ver bead­ing. The orig­i­nal kitchen cup­boards were re­stored and new ones added, in­clud­ing the unit that houses the dou­ble sink. An old desk with a yel­low­wood top serves as a kitchen is­land. They painted the legs with black enamel paint and sanded the top to cre­ate con­trast.

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