Open shelving is very affordable and creates a contemporary look and feel. – Mari
1 The old cupboards were removed and a cutting list was drawn up for new carcasses and doors under the counter on the right. The tiles were lifted and stubborn tile glue removed with TFC Bitumen & Glue Remover – and lots of elbow grease.
2 The house didn’t have an open-plan layout, so the old concertina folding door between the passage and kitchen was removed to create an inviting space as you enter the home. The kitchen now also gets lots of natural light and feels more spacious.
3 Wood offcuts were used to build a temporary framework for the new countertops. For the seating area slab, Hennie added a layer of large and cheap discontinued tiles upside-down on the supporting base so that when the concrete had dried and the timber frame needed to be removed, it wouldn’t stick to the cement. Mari loves the fact that these tiles provide a more hygienic surface as they’re easier to clean from underneath the slab.
4 Long anchor bolts were drilled halfway into the wall to secure the new countertops. Steel rods were added to the cement to reinforce it.
5 Afterwards, the wooden framework was removed and the tops were sanded, screeded and sanded again. Once the kitchen was completed and dust-free, the countertops were sealed with Acryseal (Clear).
6 The couple hired a disc grinder and got three casual workers in to fix the cement floor. The Barnards then painted it with Acryseal in the colour Light Grey. They assembled and fitted the new cupboards and also installed the new metro tile splashback. The shelves were made from reclaimed wood.
Before OPEN PLAN CUPBOARDS COUNTERTOPS
SANDING AND SCREEDING CEMENT