Designer Ramona Afonso breathed new life into a dark and dated kitchen with very little mess and fuss
A kitchen makeover on a budget
After 10 years of living with their outdated black and white kitchen, the owners of this Jo’burg home wanted a fresh new look,” explains interior designer Ramona Afonso of Ruff les & Rust. “We wanted to achieve maximum impact with very little construction work and fortunately the kitchen had ‘good bones’ to work with.”
Identifying with the owner’s love of clean contemporary style, Ramona was given carte blanche to deliver a fully completed space. She replaced the stainless steel splashback with white subway tiles to give a textured, neutral backdrop. To create wall space for new shelving near the pantry door, the existing cabinets were removed, which was the messiest job. “As they were still in good condition, instead of getting rid of them, we placed them on top of the cabinets on the adjacent wall as a third row.” On the empty wall, she designed pine shelving with a white oak stain to provide easy access to glassware and crockery used every day.
“From the start, I envisioned a blue and white scheme because it’s smart and classic and won’t date. Old gold and timber accents keep it warm and we introduced some pattern for focal points.”
The central island and cupboards were sanded and painted on site. Ramona recommends a non-drip, oil-based
enamel, as it gives a beautifully smooth finish. “I prefer it to powder-coating, which can sometimes alter the colour.” The wall-mounted cupboards were all painted white and the existing handles were given a bronzy metallic finish.
To add glamour, Ramona designed a simple cocktail bar made from plumbing pipes, which were painted with the same metallic finish as the handles.
This section was clad in a midnightblue and gold wallpaper; a sophisticated element that allows the kitchen to merge seamlessly with the living area.
“By retaining the existing countertops, island and cupboards, we managed to keep within the budget. Ultimately, we created a more inviting, practical space for the owners. Whatever they’re cooking, everything is within easy reach.”
The existing island and cupboards were repainted in Plascon’s Blueberry. The stools are from Red Apple and the wall colour is Dusted Moss from Dulux.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP: New shelving in stained pine was installed. Ramona sourced all the accessories, crockery and glassware to complement the blue and white scheme. The existing cupboard handles were painted in gold Hammerite metal paint from Builders. The subway tiles used for the splashback are from Italtile. Ramona added several metallic elements to add warmth.
THIS PAGE, FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: The scullery was updated with a splashback of handpainted tiles from Italtile. The brass tap is from RossCo. Ramona designed the cocktail bar, which was made from plumbing pipes painted with gold Hammerite metal paint. The wallpaper is Albany Omega from Wallpaper Inn.