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Bonnie’s full house renovation: Before + afters of each zone

Bonnie’s full house renovation: Before + afters of each zone

For months we’ve been busy renovating every square centimetre of Bonnie’s house and we’re so excited to say we are finally 100% DONE! Hoorayyyy!

Her original 80s townhouse was crying out for a refresh and while we were at it, we thought we’d also totally gut and replace several zones that just weren’t functional or had excessive damage.

Along the way we’ve been sharing updates of these projects, such as her new bathroom and Trex deck, but we wanted to provide a full before and after snapshot and make it easy for you to find all these projects in the one place.

Let’s start from front to back of her property!

Front courtyard

We haven’t shared any photos of this zone yet but this space was a maze of shade sails and had zero appeal when Bonnie first moved in.

Creating an inviting first impression was so important to Bonnie but she needed to find affordable ways to do this.

Repainting the front facade was one of the most cost-effective updates we made. The colours we used are Colourbond ‘Monument’ for the eaves, ‘Castle Grey’ by Wattyl for the walls, ‘Marble Mist’ by Haymes for the window trims and ‘Coastal Views’ by Wattyl on the front door. This crisp colour palette instantly updated the space and we just love the fun pop of colour on the door.

Replacing the old concrete path with a modern aggregate mix was out of our price range so Bonnie explored a lot of different options out here including stamping the concrete or tiling over the top. Ultimately she decided on timber decking tiles from Norther Rivers Recycled Timber as they soften and add warmth to this space, and are an easy-to-use product that could sit over the top of her existing concrete.

She created a garden bed using steel garden edging from EverEdge and filled between the timber decking and garden beds with small pebbles. Ambient solar lighting, vertical gardens and a mix of plants in pots finish this space.


We’re the first to admit the quality of these photos aren’t great and the space looks even worse with all the mess during construction, but these are the only photos we have to give you an idea of the nasty old concrete and brown colour scheme out here.

Front courtyard before

Front courtyard colour scheme


Now you’re greeted with a modern timber deck, contemporary colour palette and beautiful garden beds.

Front courtyard

Front door

Pebble courtyard

Garden edging

Inside looking out


We shared the before and after kitchen renovation in this blog post but to recap the original kitchen was teeny tiny, all brown and had zero storage (including no pantry). We ripped it out and designed a large new kitchen with IKEA that opens the space and is ideal for entertaining.

The grey Monsta colour wash brick wall adds warmth and interest, while the new timber flooring from Flooring Xtra makes this space flow with the other living spaces.


Bonnie’s original brown kitchen in all its glory, ha ha.

Kitchen window placement

Poky kitchen

Original kitchen

Little storage


We extended her kitchen by 2.8m to create a much larger and more functional space.

Pantry and oven

Drawer organisation


Kitchen stack styling

Dining and living space

The original dining and living space felt so dated with nasty old brown carpet and yellow-tinged window treatments. By simply repainting the walls (in ‘Greyology 2’ by Haymes on the main walls and grey Monsta Colour Wash on the brick wall), flooring (engineered Blackbutt timber from Flooring Xtra) and window treatments (sliding panels over door and double roller blind over window from DIY Online Blinds) this space feels completely transformed – into one that’s larger, more airy and contemporary.


The brown and yellow colour scheme really didn’t create an atmosphere you wanted to relax in.

Cream venetian blinds really dated the old dining space

Old curtains


Now the space feels cohesive and larger – despite actually being smaller as we stole some dining space for the kitchen!

Bonnie's dining space now

Dining flooring


We extended the timber flooring and wall paint colours down the hallway but the biggest change was installing a barn door from Doors Plus.


Hallway before


Bonnie hallway

Barn door


Renovating Bonnie’s bathroom was one of the biggest undertakings of this whole reno!

At first Bonnie was hoping to get away with minor cosmetic improvements, such as resurfacing tiles and changing tapware, however a lingering funky smell had us concerned there were bigger problems in here. Sure enough, inside some walls was rot from water damage and this opened a Pandora’s box of other issues.

We decided to gut the space and start again but keep the same layout to save on plumbing costs.


Of course, the original bathroom was brown! It also lacked sufficient storage and felt dated with old-fashioned bathware and accessories.

Looking into old bathroom

Old vanity

Old bathtub


The space was re-tiled and these were carried to the ceiling to create a more open and luxe look. Black tapware and hardware adds a modern edge and the timber top vanity brings in warmth.

New bathroom

New vanity

New bathtub

New shower


Updates in the bedrooms have been minor — repainting, adding fans and changing window treatments — but banishing the brown and adding more contemporary window treatments has made a world of difference.

Down the track when budget allows, we’ll look at replacing the carpet and possibly improving the built-in wardrobes.


Bedroom before

Bedroom before


Bedroom after

Bedroom after

Back yard

The final zone we tackled was Bonnie’s back yard. When she bought the property, there was no landscaping to speak of (other than some overgrown shrubs), no usable entertaining space and a falling down old fence.

We’ve done a few projects out here to improve that, including installing a sleek new fence from Modular Walls, adding a Trex deck, and planting several garden beds (as well as clearing away all the old overgrown vegetation).

There are still plans to add a shed out here and possible a large enclosed deck too. We’ll keep you posted on those projects!


It’s hard to see anything under these manky old sails… but maybe that’s for the best as the ‘before’ isn’t great, ha ha.

House before deck

Dirt patch before


Repainting the exterior, adding a large and low-maintenance deck, new fence and landscaping have turned the space from unsightly to one you want to enjoy all year round!

New deck

Festoon lights

SlimWall fence

Bonnie fence after

If you have any questions about this reno, please pop them in the comments below and we’ll answer them right away.

We hope you enjoyed following Bonnie’s renovation journey and if you’d like to see more reno projects like this, please let us know!

Disclaimer: some of these renovation projects were in collaboration with brands. Thank you for supporting brands that support our blog and make what we do possible.

After photography by Thorson Photography


  1. Loved this post! Thanks also for the budget breakdown too – always good to know how much things cost to help with your own planning. Jen xx

  2. So interesting to see the full story. I know you mention some work done in collaboration with brands but I’d be interested in some indicative budgets for each of the rooms.

    • Hi Amanda, great question. Full retail costs for products and trades are:

      Bathroom: $17000 (all trades and products)

      Kitchen: $22,700 (includes electrician, plumbers, builders, plasterers, glazier and kitchen installer). This could be reduced to $18,700 if you installed the kitchen yourself.

      Living / dining: $9900 (this includes new flooring, all furniture and blinds)

      Front entry: $3150 (includes all external painting of the property, timber decking, plants and planter boxes)

      Backyard: $10,185 (deck, fence and plants – total paint cost was included in front entry costs)

      Hallway door: $1500

      Bedroom: $970 (paint, blinds, plastering in an old doorway and furnishings excluding the bed we already owned).

      Total renovation costs $65,405.

      We had the property valued in November before the landscaping, front entry or hallway were complete and the property was already valued at $110,000 more than Bonnie purchased it. Hope this info helps and please let us know if you need any more 🙂


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