A little paint can do wonders in your home. In Elicia Badenhorst’s case, it won her a prize worth a whopping R38 000.
Elicia decided to redo her kitchen and painted my entire 80’s looking kitchen with Tjhoko paint. Where a new kitchen would of cost her about R68 000 she forked out about R5 000 to redo her kitchen.
“I painted the tiles, melamine countertops, cabinets, knobs, hinges, bar chairs and my linoleum (novilon) flooring with Tjhoko paint and we use our kitchen like a normal family,” Elicia said.
Elicia entered the won Tjhoko Champs 2019 competition in South Africa hosted by Tjhoko and Home magazine and won.
“I was on holiday and bought a Home/Tuis magazine and I saw the competition. I did not think I was going to be done by the closing date and when I was done with that section, I took photos and sent it in,” Elicia said.
There were 493 entrants that entered and after the top 20 was chosen by votes, Home/Tuis Magazine and Nadine Vosloo from Tjhoko chose the winner and runners up.
We asked Elicia how she approached this project.
“I painted everything in my kitchen. I painted all the tiles and melamine counter tops Cloud White from Tjhoko. The cabinets are Sheriff Stone from Tjhoko which is dark grey. I have 27 cabinets that needed knobs so I decided to rather paint the existing steel knobs and hinges with Am’s Rose Gold. I then attempted to paint my Linoleum (novilon) flooring with Stone Wash from Tjhoko and I sealed all my tiles, countertops, cabinets, knobs and flooring with Tjhoko Clear Glaze which helps with water-resistant and makes surfaces smooth.”
That sounds like a lot of work, but Elicia said once she got started time just flew.
“I started on August 9 and I finished on September 15. I am not entirely finished as the second part of the kitchen is where all the fridges are and need to be moved so I can paint. But the biggest part that you see on photo was painted in that time.”
Preparation is key and planning essential if you decide to take on a project of this size.
“I did follow a plan and with all painting preparation is key. I firstly watched all the videos Nadine Vosloo from Tjhoko had on YouTube and the Home channel. I then tested on all the surfaces, the colours I wanted and sort of a patch test with glaze to see if it will work with the surface,” Elicia explained.
Advice from our own Tjhoko paint champ is that the importance of preparation can not be stressed enough.
Elicia said Pinterest was great for ideas and Tjhoko was a great help in that regards as you need to clean surfaces before painting with thinners, then after 20 minutes you can start painting and after your last coat, paint needs to cure for four hours before the glaze is applied. That is why research is important. Tjhoko also has excellent tips on its website that also helps. You can paint anything from fabric to fridges with Tjhoko. If you are scared to tackle a project maybe do a small patch test on the surface to see if it will work with surface or colour.
Elicia won a Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa stay over for two nights for two adults to the value of R30 000, R5 000 cash and Tjhoko Paint projects to the value of R3 000.