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Check out what the BHG TV presenters can do with a grand total of $4000!
after a new look but don’t have the cash for a full reno? Get down and DIY with three of the BHG TV presenters who each had just $1000. Tara tackles the kitchen, Jason the backyard and Adam the patio. With another thousand they team up to transform the lounge area. You’ll be amazed at what you can do!
THE KITCHEN PLAN
Clearing out the clutter, adding a lick of paint, a spot of re-tiling and recycling an old tabletop are all DIY jobs you can do to modernise your kitchen – saving big bucks in the process. Spend the bulk of your budget on hard-working surfaces like the benchtops for a truly fab and fast kitchen update.
The obvious place to start
a fresh kitchen scheme is with new paint. If your floors are dark, it makes even more sense to brighten up the space with a light colour. Here, Dulux Terrace White – which has a slightly grey undertone to tie in with the slate floor and benchtops – is used on the walls and the cabinet doors, while Vivid White highlights the doors and trims. Use the same colour scheme in adjoining rooms to maximise the sense of space.
Don’t like the colour
of your kitchen cabinets? Paint them! Remove all doors and drawer faces and the hardware. Lightly sand the surfaces, wipe away dust and apply Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer. Let dry. Apply two coats of Dulux Aquanamel Semi Gloss (here, in Terrace White) using a roller. Sand and prime handles, then spray with flat black paint. Then simply reassemble and reinstall for new-look cabinets you’ll love!
THE LOUNGE AREA PLAN
Just like the kitchen, a declutter and new paint job is an instant improvement to any space. Building a new furniture piece and making your own prints are easy DIY ways to add flashes of style. Finish with a couple of indoor plants sprinkled around the room.
1 Once you’ve decluttered,
move the remaining furniture around to get the best use of space. Note how positioning the sofa against the wall immediately opens up the area and gives better access to the glass doors and daylight.
2 Replace bulky furniture
with pieces that have a lower profile, opening up even more of the space. You don’t have to spend a fortune either! Cut up chunky plywood panels then glue and screw them together for the easiest DIY entertainment unit ever.