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Any cost-cut­ting tips?

We sold our old kitchen cup­boards on Gumtree for R5 000, which we then put to­wards pay­ing for the new cup­boards. Her­bert in­stalled all the lights and the new braai with the help of a friend.

What would you do dif­fer­ently next time?

I’d rent an­other house to stay in while ren­o­vat­ing; sleep­ing on a mat­tress on the floor with the dust, ce­ment and bricks for seven months in win­ter isn’t ideal!

Any tips for other ren­o­va­tors?

• Work from top to bot­tom – old ceil­ings can be re­ally filthy. Af­ter skim­ming and clean­ing all our walls, we re­moved the ceil­ings and then had to clean the walls all over again.

• Stack your freezer with lots of homemade frozen food; we got so tired of eating take­aways!


Kitchen cab­i­nets Car­aldo Kitchens (022 921 2033, car­al­dok­itchens.co.za) Lights Ea­gle Light­ing (021 424 4071, ea­gle­light­ing.co.za) Tiles Malls Tiles (021 510 5500, mall­stiles.com) Bar stools De­co­furn (087 740 1800, de­co­furnsa.co.za) Dis­play shelves and brackets Dassies­fontein (028 214 1475, dassies.co.za) Wall clock Bali Trad­ing (028 713 2080, bal­i­trad­ing.co.za)

Many of the pieces in the kitchen are heir­looms that Mar­lene in­her­ited from her grand­mother. It was only af­ter they’d started strip­ping the white paint off the dis­play cabi­net (be­low) that they dis­cov­ered it was Ore­gon pine.

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