A rea­son­able bud­get and clever spend­ing re­sulted in an amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion of this prop­erty.

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Reno Queen Cherie Bar­ber takes us through a very clever in­side-and-out house trans­for­ma­tion.

THIS HUM­BLE THREE-BED­ROOM house is a car­bon copy of dozens of oth­ers in a work­ing-class sub­urb in Syd­ney’s west. Bought a year ago by the own­ers as an in­vest­ment prop­erty, it didn’t re­quire a daz­zling makeover in or­der to max­imise the rental po­ten­tial. It merely needed neat­en­ing and mod­ernising. A $30,000 bud­get may sound gen­er­ous, but it’s amaz­ing how much labour costs can de­vour when you’re do­ing a com­plete ren­o­va­tion us­ing var­i­ous trades. In this case it ate up more than half the bud­get, even with DIY as­sis­tance.


First up, we tack­led the in­doors. The old car­pets in the be­d­rooms were re­moved and the floor­boards through­out were pol­ished up in a high gloss. Much­needed mir­rored built-in robes were in­stalled in all three be­d­rooms for a to­tal cost of $2200, as well as ceil­ing fans – it siz­zles out west in sum­mer!

The old light fit­tings were re­placed with re­cessed ceil­ing lights, and a colour scheme of sooth­ing white punc­tu­ated by the taupe tones of Taub­mans “Stormy Shadow” breathed new life into the in­te­ri­ors.


The orig­i­nal kitchen had a lot of dead space: one whole wall’s worth to be pre­cise. For less than $1500 in ma­te­ri­als, I was able to re­con­fig­ure the ex­ist­ing cab­i­netry and then add

ex­tra Ka­boo­dle cab­i­nets from Bun­nings and a $365 bench­top. To solve the prob­lem of blend­ing the old cab­i­nets with the new, I sim­ply painted them all with White Knight lam­i­nate paint and added new ap­pli­ances.

The bath­room was ba­si­cally fine, but the bold colour scheme on the walls needed to be neu­tralised with an in­jec­tion of white. Cov­er­ing up the ugly floor tiles with wa­ter­proof Ger­flor ad­he­sive vinyl floor­ing in “Pecan White” took care of the rest of the bath­room.


Turn­ing to the out­doors, we got rid of all the rub­bish, tamed the over­grown gar­den beds, laid new turf and then painted the ex­te­rior. A new con­crete drive­way and front fence were not cheap, but ab­so­lutely piv­otal to the new­found kerb ap­peal. Pri­vacy screens for the front and back porch, painted in crisp white to match all the trims, were the fin­ish­ing touches to a makeover that net­ted a hefty $38,000 profit for these happy in­vestors.


Just like new The home’s ex­te­rior was re­vi­talised with Taub­mans “Thun­der­cloud” paint and con­trast­ing white trim.


Noth­ing spe­cial

The out­side of the house was bland and bor­ing with no out­stand­ing fea­tures and an un­fenced yard.


Plain old The car­pet, paint and light­ing choices through­out did noth­ing for the in­te­rior.

FROM THE EX­PERT Cherie Bar­ber is a ren­o­va­tor on TV’s The Liv­ing Room and runs ren­o­vat­ing-for­profit work­shops. Cheriebar­

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