Colourful textiles against a neutral backdrop is kind of our thing now. It worked at our last house and it’s followed us here. Can you believe this house was renovated in the mid 1990s and it still looks modern. Nothing has dated really at all. My favourite part of this place is the walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom. My hiding place! Nick’s favourite is the three car garage. Plenty of room for fixing bikes! The girls still have their huge trampoline plus plenty of extra space for riding their bikes.
Our house was a beautiful combination of heritage green trim and pink, yes pink. Not quite a normal house colour but not as offensive as it may sound. Lulu, of course, was a vote to keep the pink but we thought we might go in a different direction.
We opted for a dark grey trim with a light grey paint . While I was the most vocal person in the choosing of the colour, I think the grey could have been lighter and greyer (if that makes sense?). It is so hard to know what it will look like until it is up. It was 7 months from when we told the painter we were ready to have the outside painted, to when the painters turned up. With only one day to choose the actual colour, I didn't want it to be another 7 months before the outside was done, so there wasn't really time to paint a section and see how it went. It does look good up close and on cloudy days but in the stark sunlight I think it is a little blueish.
My first tip to you - make time to paint a section that gets lots of sun and see how it goes in all light.
My second tip - get the exterior painted as soon as possible. Even if the inside isn't done, rocking up to a newly painted house each day makes it feel like the renovation is already complete.
Have you had the exterior of your house painted? Do you have any for selecting paints for the house exterior? I would love to hear how it went for you.
Our house had undergone a loving, but shoddy, renovation back in 1971. The archways were false, the bricks fake. Lots of wood & that 70s feel to it. I loved the wood beams but the rest could go. The oodles of wood made the house dark and dreary. The sliding door was dated. It was time to lighten the house up and modernise it just a tad.
We loved an open plan look, so taking the wall out between the living room and kitchen/dining was the first step to letting in more light. We widened the space where the sliding door was slightly to add louver windows either side of wooden doors. Here is what the open plan kitchen/living room looks like now:
A few people have said to us that they went to the open inspection when our place was on the market and they just thought that there was no hope for the house. Just too much to be done to it and no idea of what they could do with it. It was the biggest compliment when a friend congratulated us on our sense of vision. We knew this house had potential. We loved the location, how small it was and simply the challenge. It has been a long process, but it sure was worth it.
Cabinets - The Cabinet Shop
Granite Bench Top - Taps Tubs Tiles
Sink and Tapware - Taps Tubs Tiles
Oven, Stovetop and Rangehood - Taps Tubs Tiles
Fridge - Harvey Norman
Coffee Machine - Harvey Norman
Hand wash - Thankyou
Credenza - Harvey Norman
Vase - Kmart
Plant Pot - Lola & Teddy
Rug - Kip and Co
Credenza - Green Cathedral
TV - Harvey Norman
Chair - IKEA
Couch - Freedom
Table - Mark Tuckey
Dining chairs - Kmart
Builder - Ebert Constructions
Painter - G&T Milne