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THE TRANS­FOR­MA­TIVE POWER of a cos­metic re­fresh and how it can de­liver amaz­ing prof­its in stag­ger­ingly short time frames is some­thing I talk about of­ten. The makeover of this apart­ment in Syd­ney’s west is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of how care­fully tar­geted changes can com­pletely change a place’s char­ac­ter.

The two-bed­room unit was al­ready blessed with plenty of nat­u­ral light, a great start­ing point for any prop­erty, and had a bal­cony, which is al­ways a bonus. How­ever, it was let down by dated fin­ishes and a kitchen that re­ally didn’t cap­i­talise on the gen­er­ous avail­able space. To mod­ernise the prop­erty I had a bud­get of $5000.


I could see plenty of po­ten­tial in the kitchen to re­ally lift the unit’s value, so al­lo­cated $1200 to an up­date that

in­cluded re­jig­ging the lay­out. To pro­vide a de­cent stretch of bench space, the tall cup­board hous­ing the oven was re­moved and the oven re­lo­cated be­low a new stretch of lam­i­nate bench top run­ning along one wall, with new open shelv­ing above. The kitchen now looks brand new!


Those shabby car­pets and the vinyl floor­ing in the kitchen had to go, pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate uni­form floor­ing through­out, which al­ways makes a space seem larger. For around $1800, I laid lam­i­nate floor­ing, which looks and feels like tim­ber floor­ing, but at a frac­tion of the price.

“I could see plenty of po­ten­tial in the kitchen to re­ally lift the unit’s value.”


We painted through­out, in­clud­ing the lou­vred built-ins in the mas­ter bed­room, and treated the bal­cony to a coat of char­coal-tinted paving paint, re­plac­ing the dated ma­roon colour. A new glass shower screen, mir­rored cabi­net and taps up­dated the bath­room, while new fans, light fit­tings and win­dow fur­nish­ings com­pleted the makeover.


The to­tal cost of the work was un­der $5000. Af­ter the makeover, the unit was reval­ued and had ap­pre­ci­ated by $20,000 – a profit of $15,000. What a great ex­am­ple of how to man­u­fac­ture fast eq­uity by cos­metic ren­o­va­tions.

af­ter In pro­por­tion Con­tem­po­rary, suit­ably sized fur­ni­ture helps to cre­ate two zones. Blinds give pri­vacy but let in light

be­fore Bor­ing beige Shabby, bland car­pet is not a draw­card!

af­ter Stream­lined New tim­ber-look floors through­out seem to in­crease the unit’s size.

be­fore Size mat­ters Chunky fur­ni­ture tends to shrink open plan rooms.

af­ter Sit back, re­lax A lit­tle paint and green­ery re­vived the out­door area. be­fore Drab and dingy The bal­cony was not very wel­com­ing. Fill bare cor­ners with big plants

af­ter Look at me now! With a few clever changes, the kitchen looks brand new. Open shelves of­fer stor­age and dis­play Mov­ing the oven cre­ates bench space

af­ter Calm co­or­di­na­tion Smart styling makes an invit­ing sec­ond bed­room.

be­fore Clut­tered up The kitchen lacked suf­fi­cient bench space.

af­ter Sheer de­light Lighter floors, drapes and fur­ni­ture have trans­formed the mas­ter bed­room. A paler shade of bed­head

be­fore In the dark

Too many colours com­pete in this mod­est space.

af­ter Clean and com­pact The bath­room now seems more spa­cious.

be­fore Bold but old This small busy room needed a mod­ern touch.

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