Elicia Badenhorst –

Firstly, thank you for including me in the Top 20 of the Tjhoko Champs 2019. For many years I wanted a new kitchen. Knowing that we will never be able to afford it, I started to explore other ways that I can redo my kitchen through painting. After watching every video on YouTube of Nadine Vosloo, some on repeat, I decided to go for it. My kitchen was your typical 80’s kitchen – pine cabinets, yellow tiles, yellow melamine counter tops and linoleum (novilon) flooring. I felt depressed in my kitchen and it did not go with my decor. It was daunting to think I am going to paint everything, but it was so worth it.

I did everything Nadine said in her video’s and firstly cleaned everything very well with thinners. I painted my tiles first, I used Cloud White to give a clean look and it worked well with the dark grey. Above the stove I did tile stickers, which is becoming very popular and I can change it up as I like for a different pop of colour. This is the only thing I purchased non paint for the kitchen.

The Melamine counter tops we decide must blend with the now painted white tiled walls. I painted over the Melamine counter tops in Cloud White. We chose Sheriff Stone for all the Cabinets – I absolutely love this colour. This brings a wonderful contrast between light and dark. I have 27 cabinet doors in my kitchen that was painted and that needed new knobs, which is extremely costly. Nothing was wrong with my old knobs, so I decided to paint every knob and every doors’ hinges with Am’s Rose Gold.

My floor was a leap of faith as not many people has painted linoleum flooring, but I am so EXCITED that my floor was a huge success. I painted over the linoleum (novilon) flooring with Stone Wash. The flooring was the only thing in my kitchen that I sanded lightly. After the whole kitchen was painted, I painted my counter chairs in Stone wash and the bottom of the legs in Am’s Rose Gold. Then my entire kitchen after the paint cured – tiles, melamine counter tops, cabinets, knobs, hinges, flooring and chairs – I used clear glaze to finish, protect my paint and make it water resistant. This glaze is magic. Everything feels like velvet, is smooth and easy to clean. Many that came into my kitchen cannot believe the feeling of the melamine counter tops, tiles, cabinets and flooring. Many ask me how does the counters, tiles and flooring hold up with paint? We continue like a normal family – make food, eat, mess, kiddies touch my tiles with their dirty hands, or kiddies on their push bikes over the floor or in mommies’ heels and no problems whatsoever. Cleans up like a dream and no paint lifts at all. That Glaze protects the paint and is a must for every project.

With the help of Tjhoko paint, I redid my kitchen literally from top to bottom, Tjhoko gave new life to a seemingly dull kitchen. A home stager in the USA saw my kitchen on Facebook and asked to use my photo for her clients to show them what paint can do to the value of your home when you want to sell. I still gasp when I enter my kitchen, “This is my kitchen”. Hard work pays off, but it is easier if you are using a product like Tjhoko paint.

Thank you for such a fantastic product, in wonderful colours, and the useful videos, that we can use to transform our homes. Next up will definitely have to be an update to my 80’s bathrooms.

2 Responses

  1. Hanna Pistorius says:

    Good morning,

    Can I use tjoko paint on tiles on kitchen wall and floor?

    Which products must I use?
    Do you sell 5 or 10 litres of paint?

    1. Hi Hanna,
      You can use Tjhoko Paint on wall tiles but not floor tiles,We don’t recommend using Tjhoko paint on floors. Floors are very specific and tricky; they are generally very high traffic areas and need a cover that has been specifically designed to last through the repetitive wear and tear. With regards to wall tiles below what you would need and how you would go about painting wall tiles.
      What you need:
      • Lacquer Thinners
      • 2 pieces Mutton cloth cut to the size of a kitchen towel
      • 110mm or 160mm foam roller and handle or paintbrush depending on your preference.
      • Paint Tray
      • Tjhoko Paint in a colour of your choice
      • Tjhoko’s Clear Glaze

      1. Clean the surface well with Lacquer Thinners.
      2. Important is to use gloves and a mask.
      3. Wait 20 minutes for Thinners to evaporate
      4. Pour some Tjhoko Paint in a paint tray
      5. Use the foam roller and wet it well in the paint ensuring that it is covered in paint all around.
      6. Start by evenly rolling the paint onto the surface. Don’t worry if air bubbles appear. These will disappear as the paint dries. Be careful not to over work the foam roller: Don’t roll too much – this is when a rough surface is created once the paint has dried.
      7. Once the first coat is evenly applied, allow the paint to dry (more or less 30 minutes) before the next coat is applied.
      8. Once the paintwork has been completed wait at least 4 hours before the glazing process starts.
      9. Apply the clear Glaze:

      Clear Glaze is a pure acrylic product, which proves to be an excellent sealant.
      It is water-based.

      • Clear Glaze: As the name describes, it is colourless. Dilute 100ml Glaze at a time with 30ml of water in a different container
      • It helps to wear gloves.
      • Use a clean, colourless piece of cloth (mutton cloth or T-shirt material) and dampen the cloth with water. Squeeze and remove any excess water.
      • Dip the damp cloth in the Glaze mixture and once again squeeze to remove excess Glaze mixture.
      • Wipe very evenly onto the painted surface.
      • Work in a well-lit area to ensure that the entire surface is covered and that no blank spaces are left un-glazed.
      • One glaze coat is enough. When a higher satin finished is required or to remove any streakiness, a second coat of Glaze can be applied.
      • When the cloth becomes dry or sticky, rinse in water and repeat the process The biggest Quantity we have is 1 litre the coverage is
      1 litre does- 8 Square metres one coat
      500ml does- 4 square meters one coat
      250ml does – 2 square metres one coat

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