Smart couple renovating their entire home for only $ 23,000

Amanda Bray (pictured) and her husband have saved thousands in the past two years by abandoning designer stores and opting to do a lot of hard work

Amanda Bray (pictured) and her husband have saved thousands in the past two years by abandoning designer stores and opting to do a lot of hard work

Amanda Bray (pictured) and her husband have saved thousands in the past two years by abandoning designer stores and opting to do a lot of hard work

With the average home renovation project in Australia costing between $ 75k and $ 105k, many save for several years before they can realize their dream home.

But a sensible couple from Ballarat, Victoria, has renovated their entire home for only $ 23,000 thanks to the practical DIY tricks and the economic decoration of Kmart and Big W.

Amanda Bray, a mother of two who stays at home, and her husband have saved thousands in the past two years by abandoning the designer stores and opting to do the hard work themselves.

"My husband did the whole demolition side and helped the tradies where he could," Bray, 31, told FEMAIL.

& # 39; Anything you can do yourself, just get in the hard courts and do it. It will save you a lot of money.

"Our renovations have taken us about two years now because we've done a lot and we have two small children."

The kitchen has also had the touch of Kmart with everything it bought costing $ 96
Aldi's salt and pepper and gray pepper shaker cost only $ 30 and the plank was a $ 10 discount

The kitchen: Ballarat's smart couple, Victoria, has renovated their entire home for only $ 23,000 thanks to the practical DIY tricks and the economical decoration of Kmart and Big W

THE KITCHEN

The kitchen was the most expensive room to renovate, with the entire project taking two months and costing $ 10,000.

"We maintained the kitchen design in the same way that we simply demolished the previous one and designed a new one with a lot of additional storage space," said Ms. Bray, adding that the decoration cost a total of $ 96.

Aldi's gray and coal pepper and salt shaker cost them $ 30 for the set, Kmart's brown set cost $ 8 and added that DIY labeling costs $ 2.

"Many simple and cheap items can turn into something totally different with a little 'TLC," he said.

Other Kmart products in the kitchen include the serving table ($ 10), vase ($ 6), pot ($ 4), tray ($ 16), teapot ($ 8) and plate ($ 2).

Before: the kitchen was the most expensive room to renovate, with the entire project that took two months and cost $ 10,000

Before: the kitchen was the most expensive room to renovate, with the entire project that took two months and cost $ 10,000

Before: the kitchen was the most expensive room to renovate, with the entire project that took two months and cost $ 10,000

After: "We kept the kitchen design the same way, we just demolished the previous one and designed a new one with a lot of extra storage space," Ms. Bray said, adding that the decoration cost a total of $ 96.

After: "We kept the kitchen design the same way, we just demolished the previous one and designed a new one with a lot of extra storage space," Ms. Bray said, adding that the decoration cost a total of $ 96.

After: "We kept the kitchen design the same way, we just demolished the previous one and designed a new one with a lot of extra storage space," Ms. Bray said, adding that the decoration cost a total of $ 96.

THE SALON ROOM

The classroom costs $ 8,500 to renovate and the project took a month.

"When we designed our living room we both knew we wanted a fireplace, it was a great cost, but it's worth every penny," said Ms. Bray.

The decoration cost only $ 393 in total and the contemporary style has transformed the space into a relaxed and tidy oasis.

"Never pay the full price for the items in the most expensive stores, wait because most have sales regularly," said Ms. Bray.

Before: the room costs $ 8,500 to renovate and the project took a month

Before: the room costs $ 8,500 to renovate and the project took a month

Before: the room costs $ 8,500 to renovate and the project took a month

After: & # 39; When we designed our living room, we both knew we wanted a fireplace. It was a great cost, but it's worth every penny, "said Ms. Bray

After: & # 39; When we designed our living room, we both knew we wanted a fireplace. It was a great cost, but it's worth every penny, "said Ms. Bray

After: & # 39; When we designed our living room, we both knew we wanted a fireplace. It was a great cost, but it's worth every penny, "said Ms. Bray

"Sometimes, a too-affordable decoration can seem a little tacky, so be sure to mix it."

The sophisticated rug only cost $ 29 to Target and she decorated the living room table with a variety of Kmart trinkets, ranging from $ 2 to $ 10.

In the corner of the room, Mrs. Bray has also created a reading corner, where she incorporated the popular Kmart Occasional chair on the blush screen, which only returned $ 49.

This space also features a $ 29 Target shot, a $ 12 Kmart glass tray and fake flowers.

The living room is full of elegant touches totaling $ 393 in total
The contemporary style has created a space that allows the house to relax comfortably and the room is not full of too many decorations

The living room is full of elegant touches totaling $ 393 in total

DINING ROOM

This space cost only $ 1,000 to renew and took two weeks to complete.

"Behind our original dining room and kitchen was a large room for sunbathing," said Ms. Bray.

"We demolished a wall to enlarge the dining room and give more light to the space, and we also made the space behind the kitchen become a study / dressing closet.

Before: this space costs only $ 1,000 to renew and it took two weeks to complete

Before: this space costs only $ 1,000 to renew and it took two weeks to complete

Before: this space costs only $ 1,000 to renew and it took two weeks to complete

The decoration of the room costs a total of $ 241.

The room not only has a dining table, but also has a corner where Mrs. Bray can relax and rest, with Occasional Kmart chair making another appearance.

Outstanding items include Kmart's $ 12 DIY tablet, Kmart's $ 8 fake flowers, and $ 60 copies from the Society 6.

After: We demolish a wall to enlarge the dining room and give more light to the space. We also made the space behind the kitchen a study / dressing room, "he said.

After: We demolish a wall to enlarge the dining room and give more light to the space. We also made the space behind the kitchen a study / dressing room, "he said.

After: We demolish a wall to enlarge the dining room and give more light to the space. We also made the space behind the kitchen a study / dressing room, "he said.

The dining room has also come alive thanks to Mrs. Bray's Kmart purchases, with an entire room costing $ 241.
Featured items include Kmart's $ 12 DIY board, Kmart's $ 8 fake flowers and copies that only cost $ 60 from the Society 6

The dining room has come to life thanks to Mrs. Bray's Kmart shopping, with a room that costs $ 241 to decorate

THE LAUNDRY

This space was renovated in three weeks for a total cost of $ 3,500.

"Originally we had just one bathroom in our house," said Ms. Bray.

"Our clothes were quite large, so to use the space we decided to turn this space into a second bathroom and a laundry."

Like other areas of the home, Ms. Bray used a classic Big W and Kmart decoration to bring the space to life.

"Decorating your home does not have to cost a fortune, there are so many affordable stores to buy incredible decorative items to brighten up any space," said Ms. Bray.

Before: this space was renewed in three weeks for a total cost of $ 3,500

Before: this space was renewed in three weeks for a total cost of $ 3,500

Before: this space was renewed in three weeks for a total cost of $ 3,500

After: "Our clothes were quite big, so to use the space we decided to turn this space into a second bathroom and a laundry," he said.

After: "Our clothes were quite big, so to use the space we decided to turn this space into a second bathroom and a laundry," he said.

After: "Our clothes were quite big, so to use the space we decided to turn this space into a second bathroom and a laundry," he said.

Ms. Bray also added some special touches to the laundry, using her labeler to label the jars she uses to wash the dust

Ms. Bray also added some special touches to the laundry, using her labeler to label the jars she uses to wash the dust

Ms. Bray also added some special touches to the laundry, using her labeler to label the jars she uses to wash the dust

THE BACKYARD

The backyard was not that complicated, and the couple decided to fix it with a renovation of the $ 1,000 Big W house.

The final touch was a $ 39 Kmart bench chair and a $ 10 Kmart cushion.

"Decorating your home does not have to cost a fortune, there are so many affordable stores to buy incredible decorative items to brighten up any space," said Ms. Bray.

The backyard was not that complicated, and the couple decided to fix it with a renovation of the $ 1,000 Big W house.

The backyard was not that complicated, and the couple decided to fix it with a renovation of the $ 1,000 Big W house.

The backyard was not that complicated, and the couple decided to fix it with a renovation of the $ 1,000 Big W house.

"Decorating your home does not have to cost a fortune, there are so many affordable stores to buy incredible decorative items that brighten up any space," Ms. Bray said.
"Decorating your home does not have to cost a fortune, there are so many affordable stores to buy incredible decorative items that brighten up any space," Ms. Bray said.

"Decorating your home does not have to cost a fortune, there are so many affordable stores to buy incredible decorative items that brighten up any space," Ms. Bray said.

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