KITCHEN IMPROVEMENTS

New Phoenix Stone Colourways

WOMAG introduces five brand new colourways in its Phoenix Stone collection of superior quartz surfaces.

 

 

How to tile over tile

Being able to lay new tiles over existing tiles not only saves you money, but also a lot of mess and hassle. Not all tiles can be tiled over and we look at how to successfully tile over tile.

 

 

Before and after kitchen renovations

If you are looking to renovate or makeover a kitchen, we put together a selection of before and after kitchen renovation ideas to inspire you.

 

 

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Replace Kitchen Countertop

It might not be everyone's choice, but Formica Countertops are still the most affordable option for many homeowners.

 

 

Mini Kitchen Makeover

If you are desperate to give your kitchen a new look but don't have the budget, here's a mini-makeover that won't cost that much AND is quick and easy.

 

 

Eureka Soft Closing Concealed Hinges

Eureka, South Africa's hardware expert, have launched a range of concealed hinges, specifically for those looking for an affordable alternative for cabinet hardware. Now you can add soft-closing concealed hinges to your cabinets and cupboards.

 

Wall finishing trends

Why tile when you can inject colour, texture and personality into a home with skim-on, cement-based decorative plasters amd wall finishes.

 

 

DIY Kitchen Renovation

Over the course of the few months, I will be ripping out my old kitchen and installing a DIY kitchen from scratch. It has been close to 10 years since I installed my existing kitchen, and the wrapped doors and Formica countertops are just not doing it for me anymore.

 

 

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DIY Shelf Brackets

Given the total lack of choice when it comes to decorative shelf brackets, making your own DIY shelf brackets is the way to go!

 

 

Remove foil wrap from kitchen cabinets

If you need to refinish cracked or peeling kitchen cabinet doors to paint them, you can do this yourself to save money. We show you how to remove foil wrap from kitchen cabinet doors.

 

 

Save Money on your Kitchen Reno

When planning a new kitchen, or renovating an existing kitchen, it’s important to establish a budget. A budget will stop you from viewing - and falling in love with - options that are not in your price range.

 

 

Tips for a painted kitchen

If you are thinking about painting your kitchen cupboards, take a look at a painted kitchen... and 5 years on.

 

 

Practical design tips for a small kitchen

When you have a small kitchen, especially one that is open onto a dining room or dining nook, it's important to make sure it is well planned and neatly organised.

 

 

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A painted kitchen

Using paint to renovate a kitchen allows you more money to spend on buying new appliances to modernise and update the room without spending too much.

 

Update floors with vinyl flooring

Whether you opt for luxury vinyl flooring or inexpensive vinyl tiles, vinyl offers a durable flooring option for a kitchen that is easy to maintain, long lasting and an easy DIY option.

 

Cosy farmhouse kitchen ideas

I am seriously thinking about ripping out my melamine kitchen and fitting a country or farmhouse kitchen. This is a style that lends itself to comfortable living with tons of personality, and one that's also easy to DIY.

Moving a kitchen from back to front

When renovating a old home, this couple opted to move their kitchen from the back of the house to the front.

 

 

Kitchen trends for 2016 / 2017

The kitchen is the heart of a home so it's understandable that you want yours to be at masterchef level (or as close to it as possible). Imagine the heart of your home with some of these biggest kitchen trends for 2016 / 2017.

 

 

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Strip and seal natural stone floors

Tile and Floor Care (TFC) have an extensive range of products for natural stone and tiled floors. In this feature we strip and seal a slate tile floor.

 

 

Goodbye granite?

Homeowners are choosing engineered materials over natural stone for countertops.

 

 

Luxury vinyl tile for today's floors

Luxury vinyl tiles are definitely an option to consider when looking for flooring alternatives. Vinyl planks simulate the look of real wood without the noise, durability or cleaning concerns. Now, you can install vinyl floors over ceramic tiles.

 

DIY kitchen like a pro

A new kitchen can be a very expensive project, but taking the DIY route can save you thousands of Rands and still provide a modern fitted kitchen.

 

 

Antibacterial grout

Starlike is the first epoxy grout to offer antibacterial properties for bathrooms and kitchens. Plus, all the colours of Starlike range are UV-resistant, making them suitable both for indoor and outdoor use.

 

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Now you can tile over smooth surfaces

Homeowners tackling their own tiling projects can overcome the potential lifting of tiles linked to surfaces that are dense, impervious or smooth, by using the new TAL Keymix powder primer.

 

 

DIY wood countertops for kitchen

If you are looking for an affordable solution for solid wood countertops, or want to replace Formica countertops with wood, here's how to use PAR pine planks to make your own kitchen countertops.

 

Make a small kitchen feel larger

Many townhouses and apartments have compact kitchens that are small and claustrophobic. But there are designer tricks that you can apply to make even the smallest kitchen feel larger than it is.

 

Kitchen renovation without the high price tag

Quite a few years back I renovated my kitchen as a DIY project and managed to save myself close to R75,000 in the process. Almost 10 years later the kitchen still looks good - a testament to my not-so-mediocre DIY skills! If you have the skills and the tools, doing your own kitchen renovation can save you lots.

 

Tips for painting kitchen cabinets

I often receive enquiries for homeowners wanting to paint their kitchen cabinets and the best products and methods for painting kitchen cabinets. Here are some tips to guide you.

 

 

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Affordable ideas for a mini kitchen makeover

If you are working on a limited budget but want to give your kitchen a makeover, give these ideas a try to breathe new life into a kitchen.

 

 

Transform a kitchen with tiles

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home. It's where families and guests gather to prepare and enjoy meals together while catching up on the day’s activities. If you plan of renovating your kitchen, make sure that it meets your physical, as well as functional needs.

 

Tips for painted ceilings that look good

Ceilings tend to receive the least amount of attention when it comes to decorating, but here are a few tips to let your ceilings be a feature rather than an eyesore!

 

 

An easy guide to choosing tiles

The evolution of design has increased the versatility of tiles. Though mainly used for kitchen and bathrooms, tiles are perfect for every room in a home.

 

 

Tips for drilling through tiles

Too many homeowners put off bathroom projects because it involves drilling through tiles, but if you have the right tools and accessories drilling through tiles is a quick and easy project.

 

 

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Give any kitchen an instant update with new countertops

Not every homeowner can afford the luxury of stone countertops, and Formica countertops offer you an affordable way to update a kitchen.

 

 

DIY farm style kitchen

Burger and his wife bought a fixer-upper duplex that needed some TLC and more than a bit of renovation. One area in desperate need of DIY was the kitchen and they opted for a farm style layout that would allow them to do most of the work themselves.

 

How to mount extractor fan

Having recently tiled the backsplash in my kitchen I figured it was finally time to put up the extractor fan to start finishing the project.

 

Router your own decorative doors

Being able to use a router to make decorative kitchen cabinet doors allows you to replace old cabinet doors with do-it-yourself doors in any size or design.

 

Mosaic tile splashback

Some years back I added a perspex splashback - bad idea since perspex can't take the heat ! In this project I remove the perspex backsplash and replace with glass mosaic tiles. As you can see, rather than go for a solid red wall, this time I added a black and white checkered pattern to add interest.

 

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Affordable kitchen renovations

If you are planning on spending your annual holidays on renovating the kitchen you will find inspiration in these kitchen renovations that didn't cost a fortune but did give dated kitchens a modern update and a brand new look.

 

 

Chic Scandinavian kitchen

The trend for painted kitchens continues as products and tools are introduced to make the process far easier.

 

 

Makeover Magic on a tiny budget

Tanya Joel is one of those people with a natural knack for turning average into amazing. The kitchen in her Linden flat is testament to her talent for decorative with an almost non-existent budget.

 

 

Small kitchen becomes heart of a home

A family of six make the decision to improve rather than move and this involved knocking down walls to enlarge a small kitchen into an open plan space that includes a family room. 

 

 

Replace Formica kitchen countertop

Formica LifeSeal or Mastertops kitchen countertops are one of the most affordable ways to update and replace scratched, swollen or worn countertops.

 

 

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DIY shaker kitchens

If you are looking for do-it-yourself options for a kitchen renovation or revamp, or even for a new kitchen installation, a Shaker style kitchen offers an affordable and easy way to build a new kitchen from scratch with basic power tools and a bit of DIY savvy.

 

 

Smart investments for kitchens

In a newly built home the homeowners will design a kitchen that meets their immediate needs, but in an older home it's nice to know that improvements can be done to keep up with modern trends.

 

 

Add skirtings to kitchen walls

To complete the tiling project recently done in the kitchen, and to finish off the project, skirtings were added around the base of the walls. Previously there weren't any skirtings whatsoever and it just looked unfinished.

 

 

Wall and floor tiles with wood-like finish

I will soon be featuring a project where I removed the carpets in my bedroom and dressing room and replaced them with tiles imprinted with a wood grain finish.

 

 

DIY option for tiling a kitchen wall

I have been waiting to tile my kitchen finished for a few years. After the kitchen revamp I didn't know what to do with the tiles around the windows, since the burglar bars were welding in and couldn't be removed.

 

 

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Mosaic tiles for kitchen backsplash

Take a visit to the tile section at your local Builders Warehouse and you will see a selection of glass mosaic tile sheets in colours and textures.

 

 

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Advice on painting kitchen cabinets

My kitchen is currently as per the pic above, which I feel is outdated.  I think the cupboards are supawood / melawood.  Can one paint over this? Could you suggest any ideas for colour to revamp the kitchen.

 

 

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Don't live with a tiny, cramped kitchen

If you find your kitchen depressing and more than a little sad and try to spend as little time in there as possible, perhaps it's time to look at what options are available to turn a dark and dingy kitchen into a kitchen that you love to spend time in. 

 

 

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Plain white melamine kitchen goes coastal

I have a plain white melamine kitchen. My kitchen is quite large with many cupboards and deep drawers. The doors and drawer fronts are plain without any design, and which has become boring since day two.

 

 

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Easy ideas to enlarge a small kitchen

If you don't have the budget to enlarge a small kitchen there are plenty of tips and tricks that you can use to make a small kitchen feel less confined, provide extra storage and boost even boost up the light levels.

 

 

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Semi-open plan kitchen ideas

As the trend for open-plan living increases, closing off a kitchen only devalues a property unless it lends to the design, especially when there are ways and means to detract, but not completely close off, a kitchen.

 

 

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3-Day kitchen remodel

Hard to believe that this kitchen renovation only took three days from start to finish. With clever planning and a clear idea of what you want to do, any kitchen renovation can be done painlessly and without too much disruption.

 

 

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Kitchen goes from dark to light and mod

Previously a dark and dingy space, adding on an extension to house a new kitchen has transformed this space in one filled with light and space.

 

 

How to tile a kitchen floor

Tiling a floor, any floor, is not that difficult if you have the right tools at hand and a bit of DIY savvy when it comes to laying tile. In this article we show you how to remove vinyl tile from a kitchen floor - two layers of vinyl tile in fact - and lay a ceramic tile floor.

 

 

Everything but the kitchen sink

Every kitchen renovation boils down to the same thing... decision, decisions, decisions. Everything from A to Z needs to be considered and options looked at - including the kitchen sink.

 

 

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Kitchen renovation from scratch

The new dark wood kitchen features plenty of storage space and there was plenty of room to add an island that provides additional countertop working space and comfortably seats six.

 

 

Give kitchen cabinets a makeover?

Pop into your local Builders Warehouse and stock up on moulding and trim to give you kitchen cabinets a quick and easy makeover.

 

 

Lazy susan rotating pantry storage

You might only have a large cupboard or hoekie as a pantry, but if there is one essential component that every pantry should have it's a lazy susan or turntable storage system.

 

 

Outstanding DIY kitchen installation

This do-it-yourself kitchen shows how you can transform any space with just a few basic tools. Loraine and her husband Cobi transformed a boring space into a beautiful kitchen.

 

 

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Laundry behind closed doors

While most kitchens are designed to allow for 1 or 2 appliances such as a washing machine or dishwasher, there are kitchens that could do with the extra cupboard space for storage and a washing machine, tumble dryer can be relocated to another area.

 

 

DIY plywood kitchen cabinets

Plywood is one of the most affordable materials that you can use for DIY projects, and especially for building your own kitchen cabinets. Plywood is considered a sustainable building material that is durable.

 

 

DIY concrete countertops

When most people think of DIY concrete countertops, the first reaction is that making a concrete countertop is not easy. Well, there is a fair amount of work involved, but at the end of the day you could save yourself thousands.

 

 

Concrete 'wood' countertops

Now you can have concrete countertops that resemble real wood. While not yet available locally, there is bound to be someone out there who is looking at the possibility of crafting concrete countertops that look like wood.

 

 

Shelving ideas for a kitchen

As the hardest working room in any home, the kitchen needs plenty of storage space. While cabinets and cupboards may already be fitted, as a family grows - so does its storage requirements. 

 

 

Adding mosaic to kitchen countertop

I gave my kitchen countertop a makeover. After a couple of weeks of living with it, I decided I wasn't happy and wanted to consider another option - applying mosaic tile to a kitchen countertop.

 

 

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Affordable kitchen makeover

This project shows you how easy it is to completely transform a kitchen - on a limited budget and in a couple of weekends.

 

 

70s kitchen remodel

Buying a older home can be a challenge. Cheap plywood cabinets, walled-off pantry and laundry, non-functioning appliances and coloured tiles are just a few of the projects you are looking at.

 

 

Countertops that make a statement

If you’re looking for a countertop that will make a dramatic style statement, consider products made of glass, concrete, bamboo, or scrap metal.

 

 

How to spray paint appliances

With so much emphasis being placed on recycle, reuse and restore, giving your fridge or freezer a makeover is just one of the ways to extend its life so that it doesn't end up on the rubbish dump.

 

 

Storage solutions for any kitchen

As an area of the home that is used on a daily basis by all members of a family, the kitchen needs to be highly organised. Regardless of whether you like to cook or not, it pays to have this particular space sorted and clutter free.

 

 

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Apply stainless steel finish

If you love the look of stainless steel finish appliances but simply do not have the funds to replace your existing appliances, here's an easy way to add the look...

 

 

Kitchen countertop options

As the hardest working surface in any kitchen, kitchen countertops not only need to look stylish, they need to be hardworking too!

 

 

A kitchen goes from shabby to chic

Lisa of Recaptured Charm shows how easy it is to transform a kitchen without spending a fortune. In this feature we show how she gave her kitchen doors a makeover for a kitchen that went from shabby to chic!

 

 

How to paint a kitchen splashback

Bet you didn't know that a new Formica Lifeseal countertop will only cost you around R850 for a 3,6 metre length. Not bad when you think that this is long enough for most small kitchens.

 

 

Replace Formica kitchen countertops

Using paint allows you to match your existing style and colour and it won't cost you a fortune.

 

 

 

How to screed a kitchen floor

More and more homeowners are realising the benefits of having a cement screed floor. Not only is this type of flooring inexpensive, it's also extremely easy to maintain and considered a green alternative to other flooring options.

 

 

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Updated kitchen doors with moulding

Give kitchen cupboards a new look by adding mitred moldings and trim to the existing cabinet doors.

 

 

Maximise space in a small kitchen

To increase the available size of a cramped kitchen, consider incorporating space from other rooms and underused exterior spaces to create a larger kitchen.

 

 

What is a kitchen layout plan?

A kitchen layout or plan is something that not all people have complete control over. Unless you plan on remodelling your entire kitchen, knocking down walls, or extending your home, you must work within the confines of a given space.

 

 

Lighting ideas for a kitchen

A kitchen needs a good well thought out lighting plan. Today’s kitchens have many more functions than just cooking a meal. For many families it is the most frequently used room in the house.

 

 

How to replace kitchen cabinet doors

In today's economy where more homeowners are staying put and investing in their existing property, replacing existing kitchen cabinet doors is a far more affordable option than replacing an entire kitchen.

 

 

Glass splashbacks

only does a glass splashback add colour and ambiance to the kitchen, it's a modern and affordable alternative to tiles and laminate.

 

 

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Organise your laundry

Simply by organising your laundry you can make laundry day less of a chore. Here are a few ideas and inspirations to make your laundry room better organised.

 

 

Plan a small kitchen

With some serious planning, ingenious fittings and a design that’s as chic as you like, your new kitchen can be super successful and, as you won’t need many units, you can splash out on quality finishes.

 

 

10 smart ways to update a kitchen

From the cabinets to the appliances, find out how to ensure a successful renovation. Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home. Here are the 10 most important things to consider when you're updating your kitchen.

 

 

How to paint kitchen countertops

You don't have to live with ugly countertops. Rust-Oleum Countertops Coating and Countertop Transformations are an easy way to transform dated countertops in a weekend.

 

 

Small makeover - Big transformation

Still stuck in a tiny kitchen with no room to move? This article shows what a difference some small changes can do to improve your kitchen space and open up a small apartment.

 

 

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Some kitchen makeovers are pretty darn amazing. This is one of those. A kitchen is transformed with cabinets changed from bland white into an elegant black.

 

 

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Concrete countertops

I would like to share a few things we would do differently if we were to start over on our concrete countertops. Don't get me wrong, we love our concrete countertops but we have also done some experimenting and would make a few slight changes.

 

 

Concrete worktops

DIY concrete experts show how to design, build and install a beautiful concrete countertop for a newly remodelled kitchen.

 

 

Options for a kitchen splashback

I receive quite a few enquiries from homeowners looking for alternatives to a plain, boring kitchen tile backsplash, and there are more than a few options to consider for removing, replacing or adding a new backsplash to a kitchen.

 

 

Plan your kitchen remodel

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, then various aspects need to be considered before you begin.

 

 

Kitchen makeover

So, we recently decided to redo our kitchen, but with a twist. Instead of just getting someone in to do all at one, we were going to try and do as much as possible ourselves.

 

 

Update a kitchen in a day

Planning to put your kitchen but don’t have the funds for a major improvement. With the amount of time you spend in your kitchen, why settle for out-of-date features and décor?

 

 

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Shabby Chic kitchen makeover

With the new Shaker and French Country kitchen range from Shabby-Chic.co.za you can build the kitchen of your dreams on an affordable budget. Total cost for this kitchen = R30,000 - including bamboo countertops!

 

 

Renovate your kitchen on a budget

Having a modern kitchen is crucial in resale value. With the addition of new floors, cleaned up or new cabinets, up-to-date appliances and a modern backsplash these are all key components to a valuable kitchen.

 

 

Oak kitchen gets a paint makeover

Not everyone likes a solid wood kitchen, and where you inherit and oak kitchen and want to paint the cabinets - you can! Gail of My Repurposed Life shows us how she give her oak kitchen cabinets a new look with paint.

 

 

LED strip lights for a kitchen

Looking for a fun way to add colour to a kitchen? The surface mounted LEDs allow these strips an amazing amount of flexibility without causing damage; they can bend and twist in just about any direction imaginable.

 

 

Paint or re-face kitchen cabinets

Two of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your kitchen a makeover is to paint or re-face kitchen cabinets. Painting kitchen cabinets allows you to create a custom kitchen, while re-facing can create a faux-wood finish without the price tag!

 

 

How to re-face kitchen cabinets

Whether you want to give your kitchen a new look, tone down the wood look in a kitchen, or spruce up your kitchen cabinets, there are two very easy techniques to consider for giving a kitchen a face lift.

 

 

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Update with a mosaic backsplash

Using mosaic tile for a kitchen backsplash is an easy project. The hardest part is removing existing tiles, but with a bit of savvy you can easily overcome some of the hard work involved once the tiles have been removed.

 

 

Affordable renovations for a kitchen

When your kitchen needs an update and you don't have a lot to spend, there are many ways to affordably give a kitchen a new look - even on the tightest budget.

 

 

Replace kitchen countertops

Remodelling a kitchen can be costly. Yet even in today’s economic environment, it is one of the most efficient ways to add value to your entire home.

 

 

Steel kitchen renovation

Steel cabinets - no way! Painted aqua - you must be joking! I have decided that this is my next kitchen - I just love the colours and the way it feel so fresh and vibrant.

 

 

The easy way to transform a kitchen

Simply by adding a coat or two of paint and adding a few new upper cabinets, this kitchen was transformed from cutie cottage to timeless and traditional.

 

 

DIY kitchen makeovers

Here are just a few of the ways that readers have transformed their kitchen - without spending a lot of money and mostly on a do-it-yourself basis.

 

 

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A kitchen makeover for under R1000

We'll show you how to give it a facelift for less than R1000. All you need are some supplies from your local Builders Warehouse, a bit of DIY savvy and a weekend to transform a small kitchen.

 

 

Should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

There comes a time when just about anyone who had their home built off plan starts to hear a little nagging voice in the head. "Should I paint those kitchen cabinets?"

 

 

Real life kitchen makeover

Undeterred by a small budget, previous patch-jobs or the scale of the project, this couple created their dream Provençal kitchen.

 

 

Cottage kitchen transformation

The cabinets, countertop, flooring, sink and window haven’t changed at all. Better yet, once the materials were in hand, this transformation took place in just a few days - without putting the kitchen out of commission.

 

 

Elements of a well-planned kitchen

The layout and design of your kitchen impacts on functionality and how well you are able to move around within the space.

 

 

How to make raised panel cabinet door

Adding raised panel doors allows you to be more creative with the style of door that you choose to replace existing kitchen doors. Simply by building up and adding pine profiles, moulding or trim, there are a variety of door styles that you can put together.

 

 

Install a new kitchen sink and tap

Installing a new sink and tap is easier than ever thanks to the simple-to-cut-and-assemble white plastic (PVC) drain parts and flexible water supply tubes.

 

 

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