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Home Renovations - - Kitchen -

An old fish­er­man’s cot­tage, cen­trally lo­cated in Strand, was the perfect project for cre­ative cou­ple Ge­orge and Ca­rina Tay­lor. They bought the ne­glected two-bed­room house in Septem­ber 2016 and by the fol­low­ing Fe­bru­ary had ren­o­vated their new home from back to front.

“Both of us en­joy work­ing with our hands, so this project pre­sented the ideal op­por­tu­nity for us to put our skills to the test,” says Ca­rina who, like Ge­orge, is a tal­ented fur­ni­ture maker.

Al­though the cou­ple have ren­o­vated the en­tire house, the kitchen was def­i­nitely a high­light, show­cas­ing the Tay­lors’ bud­get-savvy trans­for­ma­tion.

“The cab­i­nets cost us only R15 000 be­cause we built them our­selves,” says Ca­rina. “The ini­tial quotes for the job came in at about R80 000!”

The kitchen was des­per­ately in need of a re­vamp: it had a slop­ing ceil­ing, tired cup­boards and out­dated floorand wall tiles – not to men­tion bright or­ange walls! “The room needed a floor-to-ceil­ing makeover,” says Ca­rina.

The cou­ple pur­chased the ma­te­ri­als for the cab­i­nets and coun­ter­tops and had them cut to size, then put them to­gether them­selves.

“The plan­ning be­fore­hand was a great chal­lenge,” says Ca­rina. “We didn’t use a com­puter pro­gram for the de­sign, so in some places it had to be mea­sured and ad­justed three times be­fore we were sat­is­fied. But we stayed calm and got it more or less 99% cor­rect!”” The cup­board doors (fin­ished in a white wood­grain PVC wrap) were sorted ac­cord­ing to where they would be fit­ted. Or­di­nary white me­lamine was used for the car­casses, while the grey doors were made from MDF; they were then spray­painted with au­to­mo­tive paint. The cup­boards don’t have han­dles – to open them, you sim­ply push.

with Ge­orge and Ca­rina

Why did you use au­to­mo­tive paint for the splash­back? We wanted the same glossy sheen as a car’s fin­ish; other paints don’t give the same look. What would you do dif­fer­ently next time? We wanted to make and in­stall ce­ment coun­ter­tops our­selves but there wasn’t enough time. Def­i­nitely next time! Any other tips? Put all your build­ing rub­ble in the empty build­ing sand and plaster sand bags. The peo­ple at the dump can be quite strict – they want the rub­ble sorted and if it’s in the bags, it’s eas­ier. Where did you get your ideas? Mostly from mag­a­zines such as Home and Visi, as well as from var­i­ous home ex­pos. What do you love most about your com­pleted project? The feed­back from peo­ple (in­clud­ing the Home team) and know­ing that we did 80% of the work our­selves.

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