Kitchen renovation projects

After some constant begging and pleading, Morne tackled a kitchen renovation project in his Benoni home. The original kitchen was outdated with its old-fashioned cabinet doors and badly scratched countertops. The plan was to rip out and replace as much as possible without spending too much.


"The project has taken six months to complete so far, and there is still plenty of work to do, but the idea was to complete the job as and when time was available on weekends and in the evenings," says Morne.

"The existing cabinet frames were kept and only replaced where necessary, but the old worktops were removed and replaced with more modern Formica Lifeseal countertops in a black marble effect."

"I installed a new double-basin sink and draining board and cut out to fit this onto the new countertop."

The original plan was to make my own timber frame doors as seen above, but I wasn't happy with the design and the process for each cabinet took too long. Instead, I purchased new doors and fitted these to the cupboards.


Where to buy:

Find Formica Lifeseal countertops and a range of sinks at your local Builders Warehouse or specialist hardware store. You will also be able to buy all the fittings and pipes to install your new sink.

Builders Warehouse also have a selection of Euro and concealed hinges for cabinet and closet doors. For doors that are not pre-drilled for hinge mounting, you will need a drill or router and forstner bit.