De­signer Ra­mona Afonso breathed new life into a dark and dated kitchen with very lit­tle mess and fuss

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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.


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