Kitchen Makeover

Its not that I was unhappy with my kitchen, it just felt a bit tired, and I desperately wanted to give it a new life. I had been researching a few different styles, and I had a lot of ideas spinning around it my head, but needed someone to bring it all together for me. Enter Nick Raaff of Stockhome kitchens, who did just that! I really wanted to do the kitchen on my own, so all that I was needing from Nick were the ideas and advice, and as it turned out, for every idea I had, he had an even better one. I did the whole kitchen myself in 2 weekends. There was minimal mess and the total cost was only about R2000 (excluding the hanging lights and Nick’s consultation fee).

The cupboards were painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint. There was only 1 light grey option, so the choice was easy. I painted the doors using a sponge roller, to give it a smooth finish, and ended up doing 3 coats. Two coats of Harlequin sealer/varnish, using a brush to avoid air bubbles, finished the doors off. I decided to only paint the under counter doors, and leave the rest the existing colour. I quite liked the contrast.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the result!

Painting the cupboards

The feature wall was painted using a water based cashmere paint product, colour: Paris Paving.

Before and after pics of feature wall.

The shelving was made from a plank of 50mm think, 220mm wide oregon clear, purchased from Rarewoods. I did not get it planed by them as I wanted a more natural look. I arranged to get it cut into 500mm lengths and sanded them myself. I sealed them with the same Harlequin sealer that I used on the doors, and the result was perfect! I bought some basic black metal brackets from Mica to bring the look together.

Before and after, shelving
Sideview of the shelves

Lastly, I sprayed the existing doorknobs with a Rustoleum black spray paint purchased from the hardware store, and I added 2 rose gold hanging light pendants over the breakfast counter, purchased from Eagle lighting. In time I will replace the bar stools, with some gun metal stools… then the challenge is to tie in the adjoining family room into the new look, but that is all for another day.

Kitchen: Before and after

Overall I am thrilled with the change, and it is funny how cooking has become so much more fun 😉