TV sum­mer favourites

Check out what the BHG TV pre­sen­ters can do with a grand to­tal of $4000!

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - February Contents -

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.

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