Update on the “checkerboard kitchen “

A few months ago we started a renovation project for a client.  I wrote about the checkered floor as seen below.

Checkered floor

The plan was to renovate the whole kitchen from floors to kitchen cupboards.  I worked very closely with the clients to achieve all their wishes in terms of colour, pattern etc.  As with all renovation projects you sometimes have setbacks and things you haven’t planned for. In this case we were held back sometime with the order of the cupboards as we made a slight mistake with measurements.  I learned that millimeters can cost you thousands of Rand!  Not a nice lesson to learn!

Kitchen cupboards being installed

The theme organically evolved into a black and white one.  Thus we decided to keep things simple. The client wanted a pattern on the wrapped cupboard doors.  Tip: order wrapped doors well in advance…they take up to 14 days to manufacture!

Then it was time to order granite for the tops. The client chose the Rustenberg design.  Granite is very expensive but very durable and hygienic.  Granite is a stone formed from fire and consists of quartz, feldspar and mica. This stone was once a molten flowing mass much like lava, and as it cooled down it became very dense and hard. In fact, granite is second only to diamonds in its hardness. Because it is resistant to blistering, scratching, cracking and scorching, granite is the number one choice in natural stone for kitchen, bath, and commercial countertops. Polished granite, with its high gloss, reflects light beautifully, adding elegance to any room or space. The high gloss finish will never wear off. Granite is easy to clean with just warm water and soft cloth.

After that we had to tackle the back splash.  I bought plain white square mosaic tiles and decided to do a checkered pattern as with the floor.  I bought a more expensive sheet with aluminium blocks and glass tiles.

Mosaic tiles for back-splash

Break up the sheet and sort what you will use

Get a capable tiler to do mosaic tiling

Test the pattern before gluing it to the wall

Almost done

Semi-completed kitchen

The kitchen is almost complete except for staining the veggie baskets on the right. Also fitting the blinds which the client will do themselves.

There you go…a classic kitchen that won’t date!  I will post more pics when complete.  Watch this space!

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4 thoughts on “Update on the “checkerboard kitchen “

  1. Bernadette says:

    Ek sal glad nie mind om so ‘n kombuis te kry nie! Dis stunning! Stuur pics van die oond!

  2. I love your new kitchen. It’s very chic 1950s. It totally rocks!

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