3 Signs Your Kitchen Cabinets Won’t Make It Through 2020

There are many reasons people choose to replace their kitchen cabinets with the most popular being functionality issues and aesthetics. A lot of time is spent in the kitchen every day and if you’re not surrounded by something you love, you’ll hate every minute of it. And preparing food for yourself and your family should be a joyous affair.

The above-mentioned reasons for replacement are done by choice. You can choose to change your cabinets because they aren’t functional, or you can’t stand the look of them. But then there are also reasons that don’t leave you any choice. Replacement is not negotiable. Below are three reasons why you might want to replace your kitchen cabinets sooner rather than later.

1. Water Damage
Nearly all cabinets are made from wood making water damage a likely occurrence in the event of a water leak. Since there’s a lot of water in your kitchen, water damage is highly likely. Some signs to look out for include dark colour spots, swollen cabinets and doors not closing properly.

2. Sagging Cabinets
Sagging cabinets typically indicates that the cupboard has been overloaded for an extended period of time, the installation was done poorly, or that age has taken a toll on the cupboard. In all instances, replacement is the only option to rectify this issue.

3. Mold Growth

Mold growth is due to excessive moisture. Mold can have negative effects on your health, causing respiratory problems and even asthma. If your kitchen cupboards are invested with mold, there’s no easy save, it will need to be replaced since mold will jeopardise the structure.

When it’s time to replace your kitchen cabinets, why not hire the best kitchen cupboard builders in Johannesburg – ProReno – for the job. Get in touch with the team for a free quote today!

4 Ways to Get the Farm-style Kitchen You’ve Always Wanted

Farm-style kitchens have gained popularity in the last 5 years or so but don’t be fooled, it looks nothing like your grandma’s country kitchen. A farmhouse kitchen is uniquely personal and should suit your specific needs. Here are some changes you can make that will turn your kitchen into a farmhouse haven.

 1. Mix Old with the New

To create a kitchen that looks like it’s been developed over the years, incorporate eclectic pieces. By adding old and new pieces together in one space, you’ll easily achieve the look you’re after. Open shelving is an excellent option to make your kitchen feel more spacious and comfortable. Install new open shelving – if you have the space – or remove some cabinet doors. Another idea is to add freestanding cabinetry for an authentic farmhouse touch.

 2. Neutral Colour Palette

For a signature farmhouse kitchen look and feel, it’s vital to incorporate distressed finishes with vintage elements. Kind of like bringing the past into the 21st century. This can be achieved by adding rustic or glazed wood finished cabinets. Another way to add a timeless look is to include pops of colour like mint green or duck egg blue.

 3. Industrial Meets Natural

When your end goal is the farmhouse look, you don’t have to fear blending different materials and finishes as this will give your kitchen a cultured feel. By including wrought iron fixtures or barn doors – to name a few – you can easily achieve this look.

 4. Details, Details, Details

Creating a farmhouse kitchen is all about the details. Some ideas include traditional style molding, trim and casing or decorative millwork throughout the kitchen. This will add old-fashioned charm. Bring the entire design together with a reclaimed wood sign or some vintage elements.

 If you are ready to start with your kitchen remodel, whether it is a farm style, modern or traditional design, we can help. Get in touch with the team at ProReno for kitchen renovations in Johannesburg.

Trendy Kitchen Designs: Under Cabinet Lighting – Yes or No?

If there’s one thing we’ve heard about a million times, it’s that kitchens don’t always have adequate lighting. The lighting in your kitchen has a direct impact on your productivity in the kitchen and should never just be an afterthought. In fact, we believe that under-cabinet lighting is crucial in any kitchen design.

 Under cabinet lighting can be used for three different reasons: Tasks, Safety and Ambience. Let me explain:

 If you use the perimeter cabinetry with overhead cabinets to prepare some of your food items, you can shed some light on the situation with task lighting underneath your kitchen cabinets. In fact, consider a complete task lighting plan that includes various task lighting options such as rotatable fixtures and bright lights.

 When it comes to safety, the combination of lower wattage, LED or dimmable lights underneath cabinets is an excellent choice. In conjunction with other lighting options, it compliments tasks like chopping and working with sharp objects but when used on its own, it allows a safe route into the kitchen at night or early in the morning. No more waking up the entire house when sneaking to the kitchen for a midnight snack.

 Under cabinet lighting can also create ambience in your kitchen and ensures a cosy mood. Whether used for a romantic kid-free dinner or to slowly wake up in the morning while enjoying your morning coffee, ambient light is a must in every kitchen.

 The right lighting/fixture choices coupled with dimming capabilities could help you tick all three boxes – safety, ambience and tasks. At ProReno we’ll make sure to custom-fit your kitchen cabinet lighting so there are no awkward parts dangling around.

 For more awesome kitchen renovation tips or if you require a quote, speak to the friendly team at ProReno. We offer professional and affordable kitchen designs in Johannesburg and surrounds. Give us a call today!

How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash Colour to Compliment Your Design

It’s easy for a backsplash to become an afterthought during kitchen renovations. After all, there are bigger things that need your attention like the floors, countertops, cabinets and appliances. But the truth is, a backsplash actually ties all the other design elements together which is why you should keep it in mind.

In every kitchen, whether contemporary or traditional, you’ll find a backsplash area that provides the biggest impact. This area could be above your sink or range and will be a focal point whenever you walk into the kitchen. You might want to make a statement by using patterns or colour here. If you’re looking for a calmer and elegant look and feel, a white or neutral backsplash might be right for you.

 The question is, do you want your backsplash to tie every design element in your kitchen together or do you want to make a statement? Choose colour for impact or neutral to unify.

How to Choose Right Kitchen Backsplash Material?

 There are so many backsplash materials to choose from and choosing which one will work best can be a challenge. You can start by having a good look at your kitchen style. Rustic kitchens look great with a brick backsplash while you might want to opt for stainless steel sheets in an industrial style kitchen. In a contemporary kitchen, sleek ceramic tiles would be a beautiful choice.

 One last thing to consider before making the final commitment is the maintenance needed to keep your backsplash looking good for many years to come.

If you’re unsure about choosing the right backsplash material for your kitchen, the team at ProReno would be more than willing to assist you and offer expert advice.

 For more kitchen design ideas or if you require a quote for your next kitchen renovation, get in touch with ProReno today!

Pros and Cons of Open Shelving in the Kitchen

If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, you’ve probably noticed that open shelving is extremely trendy right now. Every cooking show on The Food Channel sports open shelving with beautiful tableware, interesting bowls and the most perfect glassware you’ve ever seen. But before you make the leap toward open shelving for your kitchen, there are some things to consider. Below are the pros and cons of kitchen open shelving.


1. Cost-Effective
Open shelves might cost much less than actual cupboards. Depending on the usage of more cost-effective range materials and less thereof you can still get the desired look. So, if you’re on a tight budget, this might be an excellent way to save some money.

2. Clutter-Free & Neat Kitchen
Having open shelving will force you to think twice about buying unnecessary tableware and glassware which means you’ll have less clutter in your kitchen. Additionally, you won’t be able to hide an untidy shelf behind a cupboard door resulting in a neat kitchen.

3. Trendy
As we’ve said before, open kitchen shelving is all the rage right now and probably will be for a few years so you are bound to impress family and friends with your new modern kitchen.


As with everything in life, it can’t be all roses and sunshine and there are a few downsides to open shelving in the kitchen.

1. Collects Dust
Anytime anything sits on a shelf without being used for a while, it will collect dust. Cupboards protect your tableware from quickly collecting dust but if you’re planning on using whatever’s on the shelf or you don’t mind a few dishes now and again, you should totally go for it.

As you can see the pros far outweigh the cons in this scenario. For more information about renovating modern kitchens in Johannesburg or if you are interested in a consultation and free quote, get in touch with the friendly team at ProReno today!

Are Your Built-in Cupboards Due for an Upgrade?

Newer South African homes come complete with built-in cupboards, but if you buy an old house, you might have to install them yourself. In which case it’s wise to use a professional contractor for the project.

 If built-in cupboards aren’t absent, they might need an upgrade from the typical painted chipboard look. In fact, you can get creative with the design and install cupboards that will suit your unique needs. If you have plenty of shoes, make space especially for them. If you only wear pants and button-up shirts, design a cupboard that will accommodate your taste. The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing the perfect built-in cupboard.

 Signs You Might Want to Consider a Built-in Cupboard Upgrade

 Extensive Damage

If you move into a home where kids used to live, you might notice damage to the bedroom cupboards. Kids love drawing on everything, not even talking about climbing shelves. Fixing it might be an option but why not give it a complete makeover while you’re at it?

 Mould Growth

Mould isn’t something you can play with. It’s a serious problem to have and should be eliminated as soon as you notice it. Mould can have detrimental effects on your health and can even cause asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Time to rip out those mouldy cupboards and replace them with new ones.

 Functionality and Appearance

If your cupboard isn’t fulfilling your needs, you might need to make some changes to enhance functionality. Perhaps add more storage space. Outdated cupboards will make the entire room look outdated, even if the design is hip and trendy.

 There are plenty of reasons why you might think your built-in cupboards need upgrading. And no matter what they are, they are reason enough to make the investment. For affordable prices and excellent customer service, get in touch with Proreno for your built-in cupboards in Pretoria.

5 Functional Kitchen Renovation Ideas for Your New Kitchen

When it comes to your kitchen, there are certain details you just need to get right. From choosing the perfect lighting and finishes to the right appliances, simple mistakes can cost you a lot of money. It will also affect the ultimate look and feel of your kitchen. Below are some renovation tips from the professionals to make your kitchen more functional.

1. Island Pendant Lights
Island pendants will never not be trendy because they are both practical and beautiful. Make sure it’s installed properly and at the correct height for the best results.

2. Microwave Shelf
Let’s face it, a microwave oven isn’t aesthetically pleasing at all which is why it’s a good idea to make a special space for it. When you install a microwave shelf, you can place it at a height that is easy to reach while complimenting the kitchen design.

3. Cabinet Lighting
Lighting can make or break your kitchen design. If your kitchen doesn’t have a whole lot of natural light, you can get the desired effect with cabinet lighting. It will make your kitchen seem cosy after dark and you’ll want to spend time cooking or baking.

4. Dustbin Cupboard

Dustbins are another item that isn’t exactly beautiful. In fact, they are gross and should be hidden out of sight. A cupboard specially made for your dustbin is the perfect solution since it’s out of sight but close enough to use.

5. Roll out Spice Rack
If you love to cook, you’ll know what a nuisance spice bottles can be. That open space next to your fridge can be utilised as a rollout spice rack. Your OCD self will thank you for it!

For more creative kitchen remodeling ideas, keep an eye on our blog. Alternatively, get in touch with the team at ProReno for a free quote for kitchen renovations in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

3 Common Misconceptions About Hiring Professional Kitchen Designers

In the last few years, DIY’ing has become huge. Mainly because people are trying to save money and partly because they haven’t been getting great results from so-called professionals.

It is true that there are a lot of amateurs posing as professional contractors in every industry but with a little bit of research you can do away with them and find the experienced and reliable contractors that will give you the results you want. Here are some myths we’re happy to bust so you can be satisfied with your kitchen renovation at last.

1. They Are Expensive
Hiring professional kitchen designers isn’t as expensive as you might think! In fact, in the long run, you’ll find it costs the same, if not cheaper than a DIY project. This is because kitchen contractors get materials at a discounted price due to agreements with suppliers. Another factor to consider is that they already have all the tools needed to complete the project while you have to buy or hire it. If you value your time, you can take it a step further. A contractor will take a week or two to finish a project that will take you months since you must work in your free time. Time is money!

2. You Don’t Need Skills to Do a Kitchen Renovation, Just Common Sense
Some people are under the impression that kitchen renovations are easy. If you don’t have an inclination for working with your hands, you will get stuck. Kitchen designs and renovations require skills and experience to get it right first time around.

3. Kitchen Contractors Never Deliver on Their Promises

If you’ve had bad luck with contractors previously, we understand why you would be hesitant to hire contractors again. But you don’t have to be. Just make sure to research them well before you sign on the dotted line. You can even go as far as contacting some of their previous clients for references.

If you want to hire reliable, affordable and professional kitchen designers in Johannesburg, get in touch with the team at ProReno for a free quote today!

Renovate your kitchen from design to installation with one outstanding team!

Whether you have a small kitchen that needs a makeover, a large, open family kitchen, or one that needs renovation to turn it into a chef’s dream, ProReno takes each client from design to installation, without interruption.

One of the most essential elements to kitchen design is the layout that exists, and what you imagine you’d like to do with it to create your dream kitchen.

It takes meticulous attention to detail just to make sure that the layout of your kitchen will give you a functional kitchen, one in which every appliance, countertop, kitchen cabinet and built-in cupboard works in synchronicity.

Every kitchen renovated by ProReno is a pure reflection of this meticulous attention to detail, which is the foundation of any functional, stylish kitchen.

Other than the points mentioned, why choose ProReno for kitchen renovations in Johannesburg and Pretoria?

·         Experience:

Having offered the highest standard in kitchen renovations in South Africa since 2004, ProReno has built a reputation for excellence, based on a solid foundation of design excellence and project delivery.

With experience like this, the team at ProReno is able to work within any budget, irrespective of its size, and still deliver dream kitchens that are stamped with the individuality of each client.

·         Latest Design Technology:

Imagine being able to see your kitchen before actual work has begun on it?

ProReno does this with flair, using the latest 3D computer programme to make the design and layout stage of your new kitchen exciting.  With the experienced design team at your side, making informed decisions about fittings and finishes is easy.

As you go through each stage of the design, watching your dream kitchen come to life in virtual reality, the stress of the initial big decision to renovate the kitchen begins to feel like an adventure.

·         Market-related Prices:

The team at ProReno are always mindful of the need to balance your budget perfectly with your requirements for a dream kitchen.  This is where their assistance in making informed decisions is of infinite value.

There’s absolutely no reason to believe that your budget won’t allow for a kitchen tailored to your specific requirements at ProReno!

·         Exceptional Products:

Looking at the range of kitchen products available at this well-established company, it’s clear to see that what ProReno has on offer blows the competition right out of the water.

With a range like this at your fingertips, your options for creating a dream kitchen are limitless.

·         Hands-on Customer Service:

Bearing in mind that an exclusive kitchen will need fitted kitchen cabinets and built-in cupboards to support functionality and style, ProReno designs/manufactures and fits stunning kitchen cabinets and built-in cabinets to suit individual client needs.

·         Fast and Efficient Service:

Although attention to detail takes priority, ProReno offers clients fast but efficient service, making sure that no client has to wait for months for the installation of a dream kitchen.

It’s the idea of living in chaos for months on end during kitchen renovations that add to the stress of making a decision this big. Once the project schedule has been signed off, ProReno moves into action to deliver your kitchen renovation exactly as agreed.

·         Project Management:

Every element and detail involved in bringing your dream kitchen to life is managed by the experienced team at ProReno.  If going from design to installation of your kitchen in Pretoria and Johannesburg is your idea of making this decision easy on yourself, ProReno will guide you every step of the way.

Contact ProReno to find out more about how to take the first steps to your dream kitchen!