JUST ADD PER­SON­AL­ITY

With a bud­get of $10,000, Cherie Bar­ber com­pletes the makeover of a 1970s unit.

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WHEN PLAN­NING AN IN­TE­RIOR THEME for their prop­erty, many ren­o­va­tors make the mis­take of get­ting stuck on one par­tic­u­lar in­ter­pre­ta­tion of “mod­ern”. The re­al­ity is, “mod­ern” can be any­thing from the pop­u­lar mid-cen­tury look to a re­laxed Hamp­tons style or stark minimalism. It all de­pends on the bones of the prop­erty and how clev­erly you marry the ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture with your cho­sen style. While high-ceilinged ware­houses are most com­monly as­so­ci­ated with an in­dus­trial style, this “plain Jane” unit was trans­formed by adding some in­dus­trial touches.

BLANK SLATE

Some apart­ment blocks, such as art deco build­ings, come with beau­ti­ful pe­riod fea­tures that ren­o­va­tors al­ways want to play up. Not so with this

1970s block. It pro­vided a blank slate to work with. An in­dus­trial pal­ette of colours and ma­te­ri­als in­jected much­needed char­ac­ter and warmth – and also proved you don’t need a big old ware­house to cre­ate a suc­cess­ful in­dus­trial look.

VINYL SO­LU­TION

Those dar­lings of the ’70s – brown car­pets, ver­ti­cal blinds and charm­less

light fit­tings – were the first to go. Then I used Ger­flor vinyl floor­ing through­out, at a to­tal cost of $1600. It’s ac­tu­ally an easy DIY job: you just prep the ex­ist­ing floor, peel off the ad­he­sive back­ing and lay it down. It’s fully wa­ter­proof, so it’s fine to use in kitchens and bath­rooms.

SHADES OF GREY

The punchy grey tones of Taub­mans “In­vin­ci­ble” paint was used for the fea­ture walls, off­set by plain white. To pull the colour scheme together, I tinted the White Knight lam­i­nate paint I had used for the kitchen cab­i­nets in the same shade of grey. In the bath­room, I added tim­ber trim to the ex­ist­ing large mir­ror and re­peated the grey there too.

KITCHEN TRIMMINGS

For­tu­nately for the bud­get, the kitchen was ba­si­cally in good con­di­tion, but just needed an up­date. A new tim­ber bench­top, mixer tap, mod­ern han­dles and a new blind com­ple­mented the freshly painted cab­i­nets.

OFF THE SHELF

For some­thing a lit­tle novel that also proved cheaper than con­ven­tional shelv­ing, I pur­chased a butcher’s block and cut it into sturdy shelf pan­els, which could then be mounted on brack­ets. It pro­vided the rus­tic touch I was after in the liv­ing area and bed­rooms, and tied these rooms together per­fectly.

LIGHT TOUCH

In­dus­trial-style light­ing put the fi­nal stamp on the theme. These were all pur­chased at Bun­nings, which shows you don’t have to spend a for­tune to get a high-end look. The pared-back pal­ette and strate­gic mix of off-theshelf and be­spoke items cre­ated ex­actly the right bal­ance; it turned some­thing bland and bor­ing into an apart­ment with true char­ac­ter.

Go with the flow after Cherie used af­ford­able tim­ber-look vinyl floor­ing through­out, making the tran­si­tion from room to room mod­ern and seam­less.

Mod­ern makeover

The head­board, tim­ber shelves and bed­side ta­ble add per­sonal charm and cre­ate a strong fo­cal point. after

Wake-up call This bed­room was a per­son­al­i­tyfree zone. be­fore

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