Our Holiday Home reveal : Part 1 The kitchen

10/09/2018

Our Holiday Home reveal : Part 1 The kitchen

10/09/2018

Remember that holiday apartment we bought in South Africa earlier this year? Well, it’s all renovated, furnished and ready for it’s big reveal. If you follow me on Instagram, you no doubt feel like you’ve had the full tour already. Perhaps you caught all the ‘behind the scenes’, ‘under the scenes’ and ‘knee deep in renovation scenes’ too? In case you missed all of that action, you can see a good chunk of it on my Instagram story highlights called ‘holiday home’.

If you followed the journey of this remote (Dubai – Durban) renovation endeavour and the subsequent ‘first visit’ cum furnishing and decorating expedition, then thanks for sticking around and keeping me company. I loved all the comments and encouragement I received along the way and I’m excited to show you the the end results. Given that there’s a lot to show you, I’m going to deliver the room reveals in a series.

Before I proceed, I have to give a big shout-out to the team who helped get us to this point. We were very lucky to have found a contractor, who not only has the patience of a saint, but also subscribes to a level of detail and perfection that you don’t often find in the field. He also rounded up a team of fantastic sub-contractors who are clearly on his ‘approved’ list with good reason. Please see the resources list at the end of this post for all their info.

I shared the plans for our kitchen in this post earlier in the year and as mentioned therein, the space was in pretty good shape when we got it so it didn’t need a full overhaul (also read as I couldn’t justify the spend on the new counter tops that I REALLY wanted), and as such, we decided to embrace the bones of it and keep the existing cabinet structure and worktops.

To make it look like new, we replaced all the cabinet doors with newly painted ones and reconfigured the wall units above the sink and added floating shelves. Taking what felt like a huge risk at the time, we decided to try black cabinets based on the reasoning that a holiday home was the ideal place to try something a little out of my usual white comfort zone and I am so glad I did. We are really thrilled with the outcome and I can’t recommend Shaun from The Cool Kitchen Company enough.

The colour that we picked for the cabinetry is called Canon by Paintsmiths – it’s actually not quite black, but more of a deep charcoal. The dark tone contracts beautifully with the light wood look vinyl tiles that run throughout the interior of the apartment. Aside of the new cupboard doors, flooring and a new tap at the sink, we didn’t change anything else in the kitchen.

Here’s a look at some of the before and afters.

If you’d like to see a ‘shop the look’ series for the apartment, please let me know in the comments section below.

In the meantime, here’s the list of companies we worked with for the renovation:

Main contractor – Jarrod Dyer from Gator Projects
Kitchen and all cabinetry – Shaun du Toit from The Cool Kitchen Company 
Electrical – Dean Knezovich from Ecolight Electrical 
Plumbing – Richard Tirrell from Concept Plumbing
Vinyl flooring – Greg Veale from Concept Carpets & Flooring
Cement flooring – Donavan Harvey from Creative Painting & Floors

Stay tuned for part 2 of this series later in the week.

Kathryn Hawkes

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7 Comments

  • Francisca 12/09/2018 at 7:30 PM

    Sorry that I left a comment twice – just delete one!

  • Francisca 12/09/2018 at 7:28 PM

    I like that you closed the plinth under the cabinets, it looks much more clean and neat this way.

  • Karen Pissarra 10/09/2018 at 11:00 PM

    Looks amazing!!

  • Francisca den Otter 10/09/2018 at 2:04 PM

    Nice! Like that you closed the open section under the cabinets, much better looking this way!

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