Old world charm on a shoe-string budget

Daniel and I have always had a love of furniture with a back-story; if you’re anything like us you will know that having an appreciation for antiques is not cheap.

So, how do you get the look you are after for an extremely low budget? You turn into a shameless ebay trawler and you learn how to use your hands, that’s how!

Find and Seek Restoration – Grand total $374

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Playing with colour palettes

There is a lot of pressure attached to choosing exterior colour schemes. Interior colours that become dated can be updated relatively easily but the Colorbond roofing and weatherboard needs to stand the test of time.


After much deliberation we have decided on a Surfmist Colorbond roof with Dulux Milton Moon weatherboard.



Dulux Milton Moon

The exterior front door will be red, just to add a little bit of Ireland to our home. I think it will give the home loads of inviting street appeal.


Dulux Signal Red

The interior will feature Preference Ebony Oak flooring and Duluxe Whisper White walls, light oak trims and charcoal carpet in the bedrooms.


Preference ebony Oak flooring
taubmans crisp white
Taubmans Crisp White
Light Oak
Charcoal Carpet 00324

It’s all in the planning

They say that planning is the key to success and I am fast seeing the truth in that. When Daniel and I first committed to this renovation I didn’t know what I wanted, I just wanted it to start. Impatience can derail a great idea, it can add frustration to what is meant to be an exciting time in your life and can lead to rash decisions that you will later come to regret.

We had our first round of house plans drawn up 18 months ago, the final plans (version number 22) have been produced through months of debate… The longer we sat with our ideas the more we finessed them until we had nothing left to disagree on. The feeling of certainty is a massive weight off our shoulders.

Same goes for pain colours, finishes and fittings… I look back on my saved Pinterest pin boards and shudder at the styles I saved in “Dream kitchens and bathroom”.  If I could pass on any bit of advice to fellow reno rookies it would be to take your time in the planning stages.


Home & Soul

Knowing where to start is half the battle! You can find hundreds of blogs online describing the how/where/when of renovation, unfortunately for us Aussie renovators most of them are based on American guides and building methods.

Home and Soul will give you insights into building to New South Wales guidelines and Australian styles.

We will be documenting each part of our journey including:

  • plan ideas
  • fees associated with council approval
  • sourcing a builder
  • construction costs
  • sourcing building supplies
  • building progress
  • style ideas
  • the challenges we might face along the way

We hope that you can take this journey with us. If you are thinking about beginning your own renovation journey or if you are a seasoned renovator we would love to hear from you!