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Kitchen & bathroom makeover, minimal time and cost?

Discussion in 'Styling & Decorating' started by Mr. Miyagi, 1st Oct, 2016.

  1. Mr. Miyagi

    Mr. Miyagi Active Member

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    Happy to hear any input from the community :) Just want to get it done for minimal time and cost, it's a little subdivision and just want to sell it off ASAP.

    Kitchen:

    I'm thinking:
    1. Remove wallpaper & tiles, repaint ceiling and walls
    2. New window coverings
    3. New kitchen and appliances (will fill in the hole where the oven currently is)
    4. New lino floor coverings
    Any tips for wallpaper removal?
    Kitchen.jpg

    Bathroom:

    Really not sure what to do here. I'd love to strip the whole lot back to studs, re-vilaboard, new shower, new bath etc but it's too time consuming.

    Any ideas?

    I'm thinking:
    1. Retile the bath hob
    2. Install new shower screen (what to do with base and shower walls?)
    3. Install new vanity
    4. Repaint walls and ceiling
    5. New tapware throughout
    6. New window coverings
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  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    What's your budget? What's the end value? Where abouts is it?

    Kitchen -
    - Remove wallpaper and paint , assume you're painting whole place anyway. Recommend you do it adds lots of appeal / value
    - Replace all the kitchen cabinets and bench. Get under bench oven and dishwasher as part of this (tenants love dishwashers!)
    - replace curtain is pretty cheap
    - you mentioned doing new lino but I prob wouldn't. If there's floorboards underneath you could sand and polish them, or maybe do tiles. Not sure where you are but lino is unpopular here.

    Bathroom
    - retile floor
    - replace sink with new vanity unit with cupboards
    - Replacing taps is fairly cheap but gives a new look
    - look into painting bath for a fresh look, I'd stay away from retiling bath / shower if you can help it as requires water proofing which costs more.
     
  3. Danielle

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    My thoughts/ideas are:

    Kitchen:
    - exactly what you said or depending on budget and layout of the rest of the kitchen you could consider a U shaped kitchen filling in the hole on back wall and then have room for a breakfast bar

    Bathroom:
    - everything you already covered ensuring that the new vanity has storage or there is storage elsewhere in the bathroom. Also if you could replace the bath with a white bath think that would freshen up the bathroom also and for the shower walls they look fine in this photograph and shower base not sure if the stains would just come off with a bit of jif or bleach?
     
  4. Joynz

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    I have heard that it can be time consuming to remove wallpaper. Though I believe you can hire a wallpaper steamer to assist.

    I'm interested in your budget for this.

    There was a recent thread where someone did a really impressive revamp for very little cost. - in QLD?
     
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  5. Mr. Miyagi

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    Will post up some more photos, they look worse in real life than the photo :) Just want to give it all a new look.

    Last completely new kitchen I did for $3,500 - got a mate who is a joiner, picked up basic oven/rangehood/dishwasher from The Good Guys. This kitchen is a little bigger, so I'd expect $4,000-$4,500 tops.
     
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    Including the bathroom?
     
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    Should mention - the house will only be worth approx $220-$230k when finished, so spending as little as possible is paramount.
     
  8. Mr. Miyagi

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    No, that was just the kitchen. Last one I purchased a little flat pack vanity from Bunnings, but this time I might get my mate to build a decent vanity.
     
  9. Angel

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    I think if the property value is so low, a Bunnings vanity will be fine. Whether cheap or well-built, they all look the same when brand new.
     
  10. WattleIdo

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    Is the back wall of the shower one of those asbestos looking type things? If so, I would put the focus on getting the whole shower area revamped. It does look very unappealing. Those doors can get gunky and the wall tiles have to go. New tapware for sure.
    In the kitchen, what are the cupboards like inside? If wonky and rotting, can you just replace the shelf part? Then paint walls from tiles up. If gyprock, leave the wallpaper on and paint over. Depends on budget and target market but if you want cheap I wouldn't remove the tiles an dcupboards because they're still practical.
    Take out lino and replace with floor boards, tiles or new lino. New lino will be more expensive than the other two options anyway :eek:! paint, new sink and tapware, new bech top, dishwasher maybe - will it be tenant proof?
    Curtains and sheers are back in fashion but that lot looks old and dusty and frumpy. Replace with some nice blinds.
    Pretty much what you've already said.
     
  11. Mr. Miyagi

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    Looks like the asbestos man will be making a visit :-(
     
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    be careful with the vinyl tiles in the kitchen if you plan on removing them as they may also contain asbestos.
     
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    Thanks, how do you tell?
     
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    The site linked above is not an Australian site so products may differ.

    Also, the only way to be sure if something is asbestos is testing. I believe asbestos was used in the backing of some tiles too.

    I had a pinkish backing on mine - had it tested and it turned out not to be asbestos; was glad I had the test though.