A Kitchen Renovation Doesn't Have to Cost over R100,000
If you are looking to revamp your kitchen but don't have a lot of money to spend, take inspiration from this SupaWood and scaffolding plank kitchen renovation.
A kitchen renovation is the most popular home renovation project taken on by homeowners. With a new kitchen costing anywhere from R100,000 upwards, a kitchen renovation is out of reach of many homeowners. But the kitchen renovation in this feature was done using 16mm and 9mm SupaWood and SA Pine scaffolding planks (untreated and non-PAR timber) that will save you 75% of the cost of a new fitted kitchen simply by doing it yourself.
Ben and Roxanne were determined to have a brand new kitchen, one that would replace the builders-grade cabinets and fittings in their existing kitchen. But, like everyone else, they didn't have a lot to spend on the project.
SupaWood is available at most timber and hardware stores and is bought per sheet. Use a program such as SketchUp to draw up a plan for the kitchen cabinets and cupboards so you can have all the pieces you need cut to size for easy assembly.
Take a look at the images above and below to see how you can transform your kitchen on a small budget.
With the global pandemic lockdown forcing the couple and their family to stay at home, they decided to take stock of what needed to be done to upgrade and update their dated kitchen and put together a plan for what they could do on a limited budget. They knew the existing cupboards were still in excellent condition but the doors and drawer faces had to go!
With a bit of reorganising, the fridge was moved to a new location to make space for a walk-in pantry.
The decision was also made to replace the existing kitchen countertop with something a little more eco-friendly and with a warm, rustic feel that would add charm and character to the kitchen. Wanting to save a bit of money but still have solid wood countertops, Ben shopped online for sources for scaffolding planks, preferably used, that could be sanded and used for the countertop.
Scaffolding or SA Pine Untreated Timber are a cost-effective material for kitchen countertops that will last a lifetime.
While you can get scaffolding planks here, the best bet is to pop into your nearest Builders Warehouse and grab some SAP untreated 50 x 76, 114 or 228mm wide planks. I have mentioned before that these are far cheaper than PAR pine planks since the quality is not as good and they still need to be sanded flat and smooth.
Wooden kitchen countertops will last a lifetime if properly treated and cared for. The thickness of scaffolding planks (generally around 50mm-thick) lets you sand down countertops that become scratched, stained or worn over the years.
Proper sealing of the wood is necessary before you put it to use and you can use a water-based polyurethane sealer, butcher block oil or conditioner - all of which are non-toxic.
GOOD TO KNOW: If you use a polyurethane topcoat, allow full curing time before using. According to experts, polyurethane is not toxic when allowed to cure fully for 30 days before use.