A simple coat of paint and few new furnishings brought this Jo’burg kitchen right up to date.

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When their three sons went off to university and boarding school Peta-Anne and Hugo Stroud decided that their kitchen could do with a little sophistication. “We no longer needed a robust table and benches and the kitchen looked far too country for the rest of the house,” recalls Peta-Anne, an interior decorator. However, they didn’t want the hassle and upheaval of a major renovation.

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“The layout worked well for us, as did the quarry tile floor which continues into the adjoining courtyard, so we left them as is and concentrated on cosmetic changes,” says Peta-Anne. Taking her cue from the grey tones of the living and dining rooms, she chose a rich shade of grey for the cabinets and walls. “The colour makes the existing white countertops stand out beautifully and although the accessories were there, they now look fresh and new,” she explains.


She replaced the scratched stainless steel splashback behind the stove with mosaic tiles in shades of grey and black and asked a handyman to mount shallow shelves on the wall to display crockery. The old table was replaced with a new timber one and the benches with stylish contemporary chairs.

“It was very quick and easy to do and within a week the kitchen was so completely rejuvenated that our friends asked if it was new.”



KITCHEN COSTS (approx. in May 2019)

Paint and labour: R6 900

Handyman and shelves: R1 500

Tiles and tiling: R1 600

Table and chairs: R14 000

Total: R24 000

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