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RENTAL RENO // Before & After :: KITCHEN


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Our new house is finally beginning to feel like our home.  And although I still have lofty dreams of actual renovation, actually owning our own home and of making a nest for ourselves we all know Auckland is a bit of a dick when it comes to house prices.  So I accept defeat, for now.  But not absolute defeat. I still refuse to live with ugliness.  Anywhere can go from butt ugly to half decent with a little elbow grease, some smart thinking and a bit of cash.  So here is what we did with our kitchen.

Firstly, Painted the wall, Now, we had to ask the landlord, and he was fine, so away I went.  I found that this grounded the kitchen a little more. I used paint we already had, so ‘freebie’. But often you can get test pots cheap, or cheap paint at renovation dealerships and Habitat for Humanity stores.

Secondly, We changed the handles. The drawer handles from a second hand shop for 50c a pop. And we made our own handles for the others, You can see the DIY HERE.

Next, we covered the bench top with a vinyl. You can get it at your local bunnings, for $20 a roll, or I found it HERE for $3 a roll. So a little cheaper. It took 5 rolls to cover everything completely. It is basically like covering your books with duraseal, but its your benches….with this stuff.

Finally, The husband made me a shelf. with a couple of braces ( $3 each ) and we were lazy and bought a pre cut piece of wood ( $15 )

So under $50 for the change, that is not breaking the bank. And now I don’t want to throw up when I see the kitchen….Although I am still on the hunt for a fantastic lamp shade, I will let you know when I find it.

Until next time.
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Homestyle Magazine

Trying to keep my mouth shut about something as exciting as this has been incredibly hard. But the day has come! I can tell you! Homestyle featured our home in the lastest issue! A big old spread about the husband and I and our house at the time! We had to move from here only a few months ago, and sheesh it makes me miss it!

So go get a copy to read the interview and see all the photos!! Or subscribe HERE

Thanks Homestyle.x

Until next time.
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MAKE IT // Leather handles

Hands up if you rent? Hands up if your rental is pretty darn ugly? Hands up if you don’t really want to fork out loads of cash, but you don’t know if you will survive all the ugliness?

I hear you. And so does Almost Makes Perfect. ( If you haven’t been reading her blog, you reaaaally should. She is pretty cool if you ask me. And instructions for this DIY are HERE) And here is the answer. Leather pull straps. So.Easy.

Okay, maybe it was really easy because I bought the stuff and then handed it over to the husband. But even if it’s not the easiest, it is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying new handles. So there.

I used leather I got from Lapco and brass screws from Bunnings.

Done! No more ugly handles! Phew.

Until next time
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P.s That husband ah. Bit of a babe.