Home tour: Part One


The long awaited home tour post is finally here. First up:

The Kitchen Make-over.



We hadn’t planned to do any major kitchen renovations for a while, but with a bit of paint and a few little changes we managed to pull something off fairly inexpensively. I think it turned out pretty great.

We replaced the counter tops and got these wooden kitchen islands (or rather work benches) from builders warehouse which made a huge difference in terms of counter space and storage. We repainted pretty much every surface in the kitchen and if you love the colour as much as I do you can get it all from Plascon. Here is all the info you need to get the same look.

The Minty-Green on the kitchen cupboards: “Cactus Pete”  G2-B2-2 

The fresh grey walls: “Plaster” E162 (They were tiled so we used Plascon tile primer prior to painting)

The dark grey tiled area by the stove: “Bauhaus” Y2-E2-1

Sources of the other kitchen items:

Vintage Pink Kitchen Scale: In Good Company

Pink ceramic bowl & yellow ceramic egg box: Poetry

Breville Coffee Machine: @home

Blue toaster & Kettle: Delonghi (Stax, I think)

Sky Planter (hanging plant): L’Emile et son

Kitchen island/Work bench: Builders Warehouse

(I’ll be posting about our living/dining room area later this week)

Ps. Thanks to everyone who helped me choose the colour, your input was much appreciated!

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Gorgeous Em! That mint colour is insanely beautiful. Congrats on your anni today too! xx

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Wow, that looks amazing! You should go into interior decorating 😉

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Oh my word!! That is SUCH an amazing transformation!! Absolutely gorgeous!! Did you guys paint over the tiles or retile? We have the most disgusting tiles in our kitchen so would LOVE to know what you did!

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    My bad!! Just looked at the pictures and never read what you wrote underneath about painting over the tiles!! I am SO doing that…it makes such a huge difference!!

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    Pippa Rowney
    January 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Love the new look Em!!! Stunning 🙂 hope you are so well, congrats on your 2 year anniversary!
    much love

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    Claire mathew
    January 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

    So beautiful! Your home is going to be amazing when its done, looking forward to seeing the rest 🙂

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:23 am

    You have to tell me where you got the kettle and toaster from? please?

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Looking great! i like what you are doing with your wooden floors, im so over the shiny pine look! What method are you using to get that natural look?

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

    It’s so beautiful. Our kitchen is my least favourite part of the house. It’s really small and badly planned and the colours are terrible too. Maybe we can paint it to make it a little happier.

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Wow! What a tranquil and beautiful space you have created. And the pressed ceiling… totally in love. So will you be moving into home renovations as well as photography now? 😉


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    January 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

    This looks fabulous Emma! I’m very impressed how you managed to pull off such a big change very simply. Now don’t you want to come over and do my house? 🙂

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    January 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Emma

    you mentioned that you replaced your existing counter tops – what did you use? i understand that this can be a very expensive exercise, depending on the material one decides to use…

    thanks for sharing!


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    January 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Wow! it’s really beautiful. Love the colours! You guys were really clever with the renovations. Well done!

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    January 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Wowee! It shows what creative minds can do. Your kitchen is beautiful!

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    Julie Gallagher
    January 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    wow! what a makeover! I love it all esp the upside down vase – and thanks so much for mentioning our shop!

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    Julie Gallagher
    January 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    ps. love the fridge magnets!

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    Being Brazen
    January 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Love it 🙂

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    January 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Oh what a beautiful kitchen!! You guys must live happily ever after 🙂

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    January 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    DAmn girl, too epic! Just saw the latest post. So rad.

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    January 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Love it!

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    January 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    It looks fantastic! did you paint it yourself?

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    January 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    How do you paint the kitchen cupboards? i heard its quite a process if its melamine?

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    March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Hi Emma! What an amazing transformation and great to such a great blog is SA based 🙂 Please can you tell me how you painted the Coke bottles or where you bought them from? Thanks

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    June 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Please come and transform my house. I’ll say nice words while you do it 😉

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