Open shelv­ing is very af­ford­able and cre­ates a con­tem­po­rary look and feel. – Mari

Home Renovations - - Kitchen -

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.




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