From house to home

Home Renovations - - YOUR SPACE - Lizelle Cronje of Morele­ta­park writes

Your Fix it with Flair com­pe­ti­tion in­spired me to slowly start turn­ing our house into a home. We don’t have lots of money, so with a limited bud­get and a vi­sion in mind, I got stuck in and did it all my­self.

We al­ready had most of the dé­cor items. I love an­tiques and I’ve col­lected pieces over the years but un­til now they’d never found the right spot in our home. My mother also helps me look for pretty things and my won­der­ful fam­ily al­ways know ex­actly what to get me for my birth­day!

I got two wooden chairs for noth­ing from a wo­man who no longer had any use for them. I sim­ply had to sand and paint them to spruce them up. I’ve had the old steel cab­i­nets for quite a while – I plan to have new han­dles made for them. I then had the desk­tops made and used old tres­tles and crates to sup­port them.

My two daugh­ters are al­ways look­ing for some­where to do their home­work, paint or draw, so I wanted to cre­ate a spot for them in the study but still keep my workspace. There was a plat­form in the cor­ner of the room that was pre­vi­ously used for stor­age – now it’s a cheer­ful read­ing nook.

This room, which was pre­vi­ously hid­den be­hind a closed door, is now a pleas­ant, con­tem­po­rary space for cre­ative think­ing and do­ing home­work with a smile.

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