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Budget-Friendly Makeovers

Published:
17/10/2016
Author:
Simon Stevenson

It’s no big surprise that almost anything will benefit from a couple of coats of paint.  Painting is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to achieve a dramatic transformation for any home. Whether you go gung-ho and paint it all or choose just a couple of walls to accent, you’ll give your place an instant lift.  So, just let me start by saying that in a budget makeover, paint will be your new best friend.  

Bathrooms can be remarkably expensive to renovate considering the general size. Extra costs can factor into a full renovation such as plumbing, waterproofing and electrical.  If your bathrooms in good nick, why not just spruce it up?  

Begin with a couple coats of good quality bathroom paint in a light and cheery colour.  Specially designed bathroom paints have an anti-mould additive which is absolutely essential for areas with high moisture. 
Bang for your buck

If you’ve got a home built in the 60s or 70s, you most likely have a lovely pink or blue bathtub. If you’re not into the retro look, you’ll be happy to know there are options that won’t require ripping your bathroom apart. The most cost efficient way to update your bathtub is to paint it! Tub and tile paints are easy to use, protect against mould and mildew and can be tinted to just about any colour your heart desires. While you’re at it, check out the paints available for floor and wall tiles as well as your vanity! Perk up your powder room with new taps and towel racks then replace that old medicine cabinet with a nice mirror.  You’re sure to snag a bargain online or at the weekend garage sales.

I’ll be the first one to say that flat packs haven’t always been great.  But if you’re doing a complete kitchen remodel on a budget, this can be a practical, affordable alternative to a custom built kitchen. There are so many exciting patterns and finishes available these days and the new laminates come in a variety of designs, colours and textures. 

Wow factor

Update existing kitchen cupboards with a fresh coat of paint and boost the look with new door handles, knobs and hardware. Just in case you were wondering, yes you can paint your benchtops too! Rust-oleum has a fantastic product, Countertop Transformations that I have used several times with great success.  

You can transform the whole kitchen by installing a new splashback. Tiles are still one of the most popular material choices and for very good reasons. They look great, huge variety and can cost as little as a few hundred dollars to put in.  Acrylic splashbacks are another great option especially if you like the look of glass but not the price.  They’re a bargain compared to what you’d pay for glass and look just as good...  no one will ever know the difference except you!   

Speaking of bargains, I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money especially when it comes to DIY.  Recycled or second hand building material centres are popping up in many areas and I think they’re a great place to have a look. You can find everything from decking material and pavers to sliding doors and discontinued tiles.  There are even centres that specialise in heritage materials so you can source items like leadlight windows, recycled timber and light fixtures.  

.“Paint is one of the quickest and least expensive ways to achieve a dramatic transformation for any home.”
.“Update existing kitchen cupboards with a fresh coat of paint and boost the look with new door handles, knobs and hardware.” 
.“You can transform the whole kitchen by installing a new splashback – and acrylic is a great option if you like the look of glass but not the price.”                                                                                                    .“To keep the energy positive in your home, it’s a good idea to use lighter colours. But too much white can make a home feel very clinical.”

Simon Stevenson has been in the building industry for the past 35 years.  He is still “on tools” as well as owner of a local home improvement and painting company. Simon hosts the very popular Simon’s House Home Improvement Show on 2UE 954am every Saturday afternoon from 1pm, and his handy home improvement tips are heard on radio stations all across Australia. Visit www.simonshouse.com.au or send an email to simon@simonshouse.com.au

 

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