Ano-fuss, no-mess revamp put new life into this kitchen
If you didn’t think it was possible to update your kitchen without the hassles of builders and alterations, be inspired by the simple transformation of this Claremont, Cape Town kitchen.
Landscaper Glynis Meyer and her husband Steve had lived in their home for 13 years and felt it was time to rejuvenate their tired-looking kitchen. They liked the layout, so they confined their updating to the decorative. The original cupboards were in lime-washed wood with matching turned wooden handles – a look popular in the ‘90s. Giving them the fresh look Glynis wanted was a simple matter of repainting the doors with a coat of white paint and swapping the handles for small black metal knobs which give a more contemporary feel.
Pictures that had looked good a few years ago were taken down and replaced with a neat shelf on the wall next to the fridge. A new hob and extractor fan were installed and above the hob Glynis applied a set of pretty moulded tiles in black and white. She also replaced the old blinds with a striped Roman blind hung from a metal rod.
Steve secretly liaised with paint-effects specialist Barbara Russell to add the finishing touch – a feature wall over the sink in a black and white liquid wallpaper treatment – as a present for Glynis.
QUICK FIXES FOR ANY KITCHEN:
- Painting is quick, easy and the perfect update.
- Replace door handles.
- Corral your clutter onto shelves.
- Chuck dated accessories.
- Buy new tea towels.
- Add flowers for a fresh feel.