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    So, our kitchen was installed in 1994 when the unit was build. Needles to say after 23 odd years it was showing its age. Plus the desig was okay but did not suit our needs. I wanted granite tops and Swambo wanted a big grocery cabinet.

    Since we do not have the biggest kitchen we phoned around for a few quotes, nothing fancy. But we were in for a surprise. Cheapest quote was R 33'000 and some going all the way over R50'000. This was a bit out of our budget. I mean how hard can it be to redo your kitchen for R20k?

    Well pretty hard if you are not going to pay someone to do it for you. Thus the solution. Do it ourselves!

    I bought enough tiles when I tiled the living areas with the kitchen in mind. Thus although this should technically be counted into the cost, I made this expense 3 years ago thus not affecting my budget on the kitchen. So with Swambo 8 1/2 months pregnant we stated our project. Wanted to finish before the little one arrives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    So with Swambo 8 1/2 months pregnant we stated our project. Wanted to finish before the little one arrives.
    You are alot braver than me!!

    Post pics of the progress (yes of the kitchen)

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    Step 1:

    We sourced a local cabinet maker that would aid us in making the cabinets. I have the necessary tools but not the experience or correct blades to cut MelaWood. I gave him my design and measurements and after a few minor adjustments let him to do his thing.

    We decided on the Lanza Oak design.
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    Step 2:

    With oom Piet busy with the cabinets we had to clean out our old kitchen. Since I do not want any body but friends and family inside our place this the hardest part. Pregnant Swambo kept the beers cold and coming I set to work. Luckily the fridge was standing in the dining area as it did not fit in the old kitchen so this helped a bit.

    Took some time removing the old cabinets as the will be making a welcome return to duty in the garage


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    Step 2: (Pictures)

    Worked in blocks. Removed a bit, unpacked a bit
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    Step 3:

    Tiling. This is the only part of the revamp that I was comfortable doing myself. I've done this many times before so this was one of the easier parts. But we wanted a new kitchen so DIY everything it was.
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    Not much space for a big grocery unit....

    You have a plan of your proposed layout?

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    Step 4:

    Oom Piet delivered the cabinets on time (huge relief). So with pregnant and uncomfortable Swambo providing moral support and ensuring the beer is cold and my younger brother that is student at tuks (He was paid with a nice bottle of Brandy afterwards - did not add this into the budget). I've never really tried something like this before, but decided that the spirit level will be our friend on this. I will work around other things as long as my installation is level.
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    Step 4:

    Counter tops. Rustenburg granite was chosen (Mainly due to cost but it also works great with the Lanza oak. I got hold of two Zimbabwean brothers that did counter top installations in our complex.

    We also bought a Stove/oven on special a few months prior to this project started. KIC @ R 2'299 from Game for the combo. No extractor fan yet. I installed this just before we started with the counter tops.

    The brothers installed the tops while we were busy hanging the top cabinets. The charged R 950 per linear meter installed (30mm). Plus left me the basin and stove cut outs. Will use this for an upcoming DIY project involving my braai area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    Not much space for a big grocery unit....

    You have a plan of your proposed layout?
    My plan is somewhere at home will have a look for it and scan it in.

    We do however have the wall when you enter the flat that separates entrance from kitchen. I used this as a side to the grocery unit. In the picture with Swambo you can see this unit in the background.


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    Great stuff doing this as DIY. Well done. Did my first one about 20 years ago, and apart from the tiling ( I HATE TILING) I actually enjoyed it.
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    Step 5:

    Finishing off.

    So the cabinet installation went relative good. Figured it out as we went along. Had some challenges with hanging and aligning the doors. But with some uttering of nasty words, managed to get this right eventually. By the way Gelmar is your friend for projects like this.

    We decided on 200mm x 200mm tiles for the open areas for about 500mm above the counter tops and the rest will be painted. Swambo got the blinds from Mr. P Home for R199-00. Not the best quality but by no means of poor quality. Light fixtures and stove switch we got from Builders @ R68-00 and R158-00 respectively.
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    This was not the easiest project that I have undertaking, but probably one of my most rewarding. Kitchen cabinet removal, tiling and new cabinet installations + granite took about 1 week. It then stood for 1 week before I got to the hanging of the doors. This was a challenge as we also have a 2 year old wandering around. Also note all of this was done in the evenings and weekends as I saved my leave for when our little girl arrived.

    The rest of the finishing touches was done over the next weekends.

    Total spend +/- R21'000
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    Very cool!!

    i can second the Gelmar comment!!

    They have everything and you can decide on the quality depending on your budget! Also did all my cabinets myself and holy cow is it a ka a ka job!
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    Very nice!!

    out of interest, what was your final cost and how long did it take you?
    Very interested in the 2 zim ouks that did the granite.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymondh View Post
    Very nice!!

    out of interest, what was your final cost and how long did it take you?
    Very interested in the 2 zim ouks that did the granite.


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    Total cost about R21k

    Still adding it all up so will come with final figure once I've done this.

    Time to do bulk work (unpack kitchen, removal, fitment, etc) was about two weeks. Our daughter was born before I tiled and painted the walls. This was done a little later. But from the moment we unpacked the first cabinet till I installed the plugs and stove switch was just under 3 months. Can of course be done in a lot less time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wessel_JHB View Post
    Very cool!!

    i can second the Gelmar comment!!

    They have everything and you can decide on the quality depending on your budget! Also did all my cabinets myself and holy cow is it a ka a ka job!
    We use Gelmar a lot for other DIY projects as well. The only thing I do not use from them is their screws for wood. I found the quality to be okay, but here I rather spend the extra money on Eureka products. But for the rest, you will struggle to find them at the cost of Gelmar


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    Danger with any project when there is a baby coming is SWAMBO. Risky time No divorce and looks good. Well done. I bet there were couple discussions

    At your age very few have money. Body is still "fresh" so do it yourself is a good option. I used to get a price and then price for materials. Difference in the beginning = tools, later less money for tools. We have plenty tools. Those "new" couples working together on a project like this tend to have a good future. It worked for us.

    Later years you may do less BUT you know how things are done and you have the tools. No need to call somebody for small items and you can help other people.
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    Very well done! Happy wife, happy life!

    It looks just like our unit in Impala Park in Pierre van Brannewyn park..


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