The final episode of Love It Or List It Australia capped this season off with the most impressive renovation to date.
Can you believe season 1 of Love It Or List It Australia is already over?! Thank goodness Lifestyle has already confirmed there’ll be a season two next year!
Of course, this season ended with a bang with Neale heading back to Sydney to help Anna and Simon with their semi-detached terrace in Rozelle.
Their home had a long list of ‘issues’ including a cave-like laundry under the house, five of the seven windows of the house looking straight out onto a brick wall, no built-in storage, tired kitchen, and small bathroom. Adding to that, there was extensive mold damage on the ceilings and roofs that needed repairing – Neale certainly had his work cut out for him yet again.
Here are the top renovation and styling ideas to steal from Neale this week.
1. Update an outdated kitchen
This was the first time we saw Neale create the illusion of a new kitchen by using the bones of the existing kitchen.
Given the budget constraints of this renovation, he kept the same layout and carcasses of the cupboards but created a new feel by updating the splashback, benchtops, appliances and cupboard doors.
The results speak for themselves – an on-trend and functional kitchen that won’t need to be touched for at least 10 years.
If you’d like a new kitchen but can’t afford a total remodel, take a cue from Neale and make updates instead. You can find tips to affordably update your kitchen here and Shaynna’s tips to revive an outdated kitchen here.
2. Style your laundry
Often a forgotten room of the home, Neale has been showing week after week just how stylish a laundry can be!
Given the amount of time we spend in our laundries – Anna and Simon confessed they often do 3 loads of washing a day – it makes sense that we put in a bit of effort to make it a more enjoyable space.
If a new laundry, like the chic Euro style laundry Neale installed from Wholesale Kitchens, isn’t within reach perhaps simply styling your laundry is something you could do.
I was inspired to style my laundry after the show (pictured below) and am sharing some of my favourite laundry accessories right now.
Marley storage basket bucket grey from Kmart, RRP: $4.00
Laundry bag from H&M, RRP: $24.99
SAX small storage bag from Freedom, RRP: $19.95
CLASSIC candle from Loobylou, RRP: $39.95
3. Paint walls half-height in colour
We’ve all heard of painted feature walls but have you seen this idea of half-height painted walls instead? It’s such a cost effective idea that adds serious interest to a room.
Neale used this technique in the daughter’s bedroom, creating a sophisticated space that flows seamlessly from the hallway.
To achieve this look, simply use painter’s tape at the desired height (such as 1/3 of the overall wall height) and paint below the line. You could use a muted tone such as soft grey as Neale did, or opt for a brighter pop of colour.
4. Simple bathroom vanity styling
There was a lot to love in the bathroom renovation this week, including that stunning section of handmade subway tiles behind the vanity, but an idea we can all steal from the show is how simply yet beautifully Neale styled the vanity.
He proved that less is often more by using a small glass jar with a few branches and floral stems, and minimal bathroom products.
I’ve used this trick to style my vanity below. If you prefer a few more items on the vanity than what Neale used, you could also use a bottle of hand lotion, add a candle and perhaps use a tray or trivet as a base.
Bormioli jar from Kitchen Warehouse used as vase $6.95
Vere hand wash, RRP: $20.00
5. Create functional storage
Finally, Neale reminded us that functionality should always come first. He dedicated a significant portion of the budget to create built-in wardrobes in all the bedrooms.
No amount of styling or tszujing can resolve the issues that a house without storage brings. And in the case of Anna and Simon, their small house was made to feel even smaller by the complete lack of storage.
Neale fixed this by adding much-needed built-in wardrobes to all of the bedrooms and adding the Euro laundry with loads of integrated storage adjacent to the kitchen.