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Ben­nie Bouwer and Gawie Wol­marans moved into their old, run-down house in De­cem­ber 2014, they be­gan ren­o­vat­ing al­most im­me­di­ately. “The en­tire place was painted in shades of brown, dark red and dark grey, with dated tiles and fin­ishes,” says Gawie.

But the pair soon got stuck in and slowly but surely put their stamp on ev­ery room. The dark kitchen with its old-fash­ioned tiles was the space they liked the least, even though the cup­boards were ac­tu­ally still in fairly good con­di­tion.

“We wanted to re­tain the lay­out of the spa­cious kitchen but give it a more con­tem­po­rary look and make the most of the nat­u­ral light,” says Gawie.

So, in­stead of de­mol­ish­ing the kitchen and build­ing a new one from scratch – and at great ex­pense – they made a few su­per­fi­cial changes that to­tally trans­formed the drab space into their dream kitchen.

In March this year, work be­gan in earnest. The ex­ist­ing cab­i­nets were given a fresh coat of paint, trendy new metro tiles were in­stalled on the walls and new cladding was in­stalled be­hind the pizza oven in the ad­ja­cent court­yard.

The kitchen now looks so im­pres­sive, it’s dif­fi­cult to be­lieve it’s the same space!

Most of the work was car­ried out over week­ends with their gar­dener Lucky Ka­mu­rai help­ing to re­hang the cup­board doors.

“For four weeks, the en­tire open-plan area was per­ma­nently cov­ered in dust. It re­ally needed a good spring-clean when we were fi­nally done!” says Gawie. >>

At one stage, all of these ket­tles were part of the cou­ple’s camp­ing equip­ment. “Ev­ery time we got a new tent or car­a­van, we bought a ket­tle to match,” ex­plains Gawie.

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