Take a walk down memory lane and relive some of the decorating horrors from series 1!
Check out some of these memorable transformations from resident decorating expert Shaynna Blaze!
Series 1, Episode 1 - Austinmer
This Austinmer cottage should have been a cute little beach house, but it was anything but! The exterior looked neglected and the interior was a collection of unfinished jobs. The biggest issue though, was the lack of a proper family bathroom.
Judy and Graeme were trying to sell their beach cottage as a family home, with 2 ensuites and no proper bathroom. Understandably, nobody wanted to buy the house, so Shaynna had to come up with a quick fix. She moved a wall to steal space from one of the bedrooms, in turn creating a new entrance to the bathroom that could be accessed from the living room. The clever bit was the way Shaynna angled the wall, so it didn’t steal too much space from the bedroom, yet allowed room for a door.
- Tip: If space is tight look at unique solutions like angled walls to create access without loosing too much space. The rest of the house was painting and dressing and of course finishing off all those outstanding jobs – like the window seat in the bedroom. This was a clever use of space to create extra storage, as well as giving the bedroom seating and a great feature.
- Tip: You can never have enough storage. If space is tight install multifunctional storage like window seats that can double as furniture. If you don’t have a deep window, a chest with a cushioned top can serve the same purpose
Series 1, Episode 10: Dingley Village
The house was an unkempt bachelor pad with an ugly exterior, awful bathrooms, no style and confused layout.
Shaynna’s first task was to rework the floor plan by knocking through the wall between the kitchen and what was the owner Brett’s bedroom. The wall was non-structural, so we didn’t need council permission and once done it created a large kitchen diner, essential for family living.
- Tip: if your floor plan doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to reconfigure rooms. The trick is to group bedrooms and living and don’t be afraid to take down walls to create an open plan living space.
The second issue was the awful dated retro bathroom. In isolation, the tiles were quite a funky design, there were just too many. Putting in new plain floor tiles and a modern shower screen gave the bathroom an instant facelift.
- Tip: you don’t always have to replace everything. If you have elements in your house that are 70’s or older, they can be married with modern surfaces for a funky retro look.
Series 1, Episode 8 - Runaway Bay
This house was rundown, cluttered and had no redeeming architectural features or style.
Shaynna’s first task was to give the house some much, needed character. With no real architectural style she turned to colour. Shaynna used a bright turquoise and apple green teamed with a crisp white. The turquoise was chosen to reflect the nearby ocean.
- Tip: When your house lacks any character use colour on the walls and in the accessories to draw the eye and make a bold statement.
The other major problem in the house was the awful dated non descript kitchen. There was no money to replace it, so this was a budget fix up without touching the cabinets. Shaynna replaced the dated floor with a wood look vinyl floor and painted the end wall in bold green, teamed up with crisp white on the walls. She spent most of her budget on accessories - pots of utensils and shelving, which helped give an interesting modern look.
- Tip: When struggling to update a kitchen with no money use funky accessories and single bold splashes of colour to create interest and invite the user to walk in and touch the items.
Series 1, Episode 7 - Botany
The house was a tired uninspiring end terrace on a busy road in Sydney’s south. It was dark, dated and had little to appeal to buyers. Shaynna’s biggest mission was to brighten the place up, starting with the black hole of Calcutta bathroom.
The bathroom had wood walls and a boxy dated orange shower screen, which made the room look dingy and tiny. Shaynna visually opened the space up by pulling out the shower screen and replacing it with a single clear panel. Then she painted the tiles and the wood work white and put in a new vanity. It was the simplest makeover, but the combination of white and no boxy shower screen really opened the space up.
- Tip: in really dark spaces, you cant go past white.
Next on the hit list was the kitchen. A raised breakfast bar visually separated the kitchen from the dining and family room. So Shaynna removed the high bar and put on a new light coloured work surface.
- Tip: Counters above normal bench height will close a room in. Try and keep all counters low to help rooms feel more expansive.
The rest of the house was treated to a coat of paint and Shaynna relocated the master bedroom, which was formerly at the front to the side of the house. The noisy front bedroom was given a new purpose as a study / spare room.