Monday, 14 November 2011

Rental Reno - The Bedrooms

Part 4 of the renovation of our rental cottage was the bedrooms.  It really came down to fresh paint, new carpet, window coverings and light/ceiling fans.  Room by room, here are the before and afters.

The Master Bedroom - Before

Look at those curtains - I'm at a loss for words.

Oh dear - seems it wasn't only the shower that was leaking.  The roof was also leaking.  We had to pay a roofer to take off every single roof tile and replace the tile clip, then put each tile back on again.  The quotes for this work varied enormously, so it pays to shop around.  There was water damage to the ceilings throughout the house, so all the ceilings were patched and painted.

Here is the Master Bedroom After

The walls are freshly painted in Dulux Antique White, and we added a Mitsubishi split system air-conditioner.

I replaced the frilly curtains with the same ones I used in the lounge room from Curtain Wonderland.

and I polished the parquetry floor.

Bedroom 2 - Before

The last tenant left the blinds up like this hoping we wouldn't notice that the slats were all broken.

Burgundy painted feature alcoves?

Blue colour still inside the wardrobe.

Old wallpaper around the power switch and the carpet is revolting.

Bedroom 2 After

New eco-timber privacy blinds from Curtain Wonderland.

The walls and alcoves painted in Dulux Antique White.

New carpet laid - Beat Street 100% polypropylene in Sandcastle on premium underlay from Choices.

Bedroom 3 - Before

The same bad paint and carpet.

Vertical blinds - a personal pet hate of mine.

An old ceiling fan and only 2 wall lights.  No overhead lights. 

Bedroom 3 After

Bedroom 4 Before

Mustard walls with blue-grey carpet.

A non-working ceiling fan and only wall lights again.

Vertical blinds (aaarrrggghhh!!!!)

Bedroom 4 After

I also bought some new wall lights to get rid of the balls.

When I went to the house the other day, the electrician had been and installed them .... upside down!!!!  When I rang and told him they were upside down he said "that makes me look a bit stupid doesn't it?".  I thought - do you really want me to answer that?  It just goes to show, you really need to be there to supervise don't you?

We also did a little bit of work outside and in the garden.  Hopefully we will find some lovely tenants who will be very happy living there.  Now I can focus my attention back to my house and all the jobs that need to be done here.


  1. Kylie you have made a huge difference to your investment property. Great job on the white paint. Sandy x

  2. You have made a sad looking home into something bright, fresh and inviting! Well done on all your hard work. I feel exhausted just reading about it! x Sharon

  3. What a difference, looks great after a freshen up.x


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