I’ve been promising you a full home renovation update with a supplier list, so today’s the day! It’s taken me a little while to get to this (thanks Olive for keeping me busy for the last 4 months!), but I’m excited to share our renovating journey with you all. In case you missed it, I shared 5 Things I’ve learnt whilst renovating which I hope gave you a little insight into the crazy world of renovating and some handy advice.
Our renovation was designed to make better use of our kitchen/ living space, without actually extending the framework of the house. This will hopefully buy us a little more time with the kids in this house, before we make our next move.
The house had good bones to work with but was defined by a few interesting features:
-Think rusty red exposed and uneven bricks
-The house was very dark and lacking natural light
-The carpet was old and showed every last inch of dust
-The kitchen was small, poorly designed and cut off the rest of the living room
WE MADE A FEW COSMETIC CHANGES OURSELVES ALONG THE WAY
-We decided to say farewell to our hideous exposed bricks and paint them a refreshing shade of white. We thought this would only take 2 days but it took over 2 weeks! Never again! I would highly recommend hiring an industrial sized spray gun or a painter!
– We ripped up the carpet and painted the floorboards white. This was a quick, easy and affordable solution to make use of what we had
THE END RESULT
I had been storing ideas in the memory bank for when the time came to renovate and my trusty Pinterest boards and magazine clippings definitely came into play here.What started out as a little kitchen update, quickly escalated to a completely new back of the house including a new kitchen, bathroom, living and dining space! It’s funny how things quickly change in the land of renovating and before you know it, you’re knee deep in dust with half the house under construction!
We wanted a galley style kitchen to help make the space feel bigger and so with the very handy help of our builder, we came up with a design. I had a vision for a simple white kitchen, hexagon tiles and black tapware and hoped for dear life this would all come together! We now have more cupboard and bench space than before, thanks to the floor to ceiling custom made cupboards from ITV Cabinets. We also knocked out part of the back wall and added in two French doors which has allowed so much natural light to flood in. So after a solid 8 weeks of renovating (which in reno land is nothing, but it felt like forever!), we can now enjoy this new space. It’s so inviting, I never want to leave!
Handy tips when renovating:
-Source your own fixtures (tapware, tiles, sink etc) and hunt around for the best prices. I started with the one I loved, then did bucket loads of research online until I found a similar one for half the price!
-You don’t have to spend a fortune on pendant lights. We sourced ours from Bunnnings for around $30 and Ikea have the same ones!
-Make sure you have someone managing the process! We were so fortunate to have such an amazing builder who managed the whole process. Without him, we’d be lost! He managed all of the trades to ensure everything ran smoothly. This is a must if you want a stress free experience!
Builder, Project Manager & Kitchen cabinets- Adam Curcija ITV Cabinets 0434 771 577
Hexagon Tiles- National Tiles
Benchtop- Caesarstone Calacutta Nuvo
Pendant Lights- Bunnings (Ikea have the same ones)
Black Tapware- Hardware Box Australia
Sink- Harvey Norman
Floors- George Fethers Silver Oak – The floors are the icing on the cake. We initially thought we’d keep the white floors, but after some serious thought, we decided to bite the bullet and freshen up the floors throughout the house. Best decision we made!
So we’re back in and enjoying this fresh new space until the next project! I never thought I’d say this, but I think I want to do it again one day!
I’d love to hear thoughts on our reno? x