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The back of a coastal-style home with freshly painted weatherboard, painted white doors and trims and styled with natural textured rugs
Paint, brushes and rollers have been the secret weapons in transforming this once-rundown beach shack.

This 1915 weatherboard cottage, home to Nicole @theshackreno and her husband Tim, had seen better days. The roof was leaking, the verandah needed replacing, the floors were covered in black tar and there wasn’t a proper kitchen. Room by room, the seasoned renovators are renewing the cottage.

The heavily rusted exterior has been revitalised. The roof was painted in Dulux Shale Grey to get a few more years out of it before it is eventually replaced. Original weatherboard coated in Dulux Miller Mood and the rotting deck swapped for hard-wearing Ekodeck composite decking. The original timber scalloping painted in white and blue, plus hanging pots of Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’, add to the charming effect. Replacing the corrugated iron over the verandah with transparent Suntuf roofing has increased the airy ambience.

Welcome home hallway

Their hallway owes its makeover to little more than a fresh coat of paint and well-chosen accessories. Originally cream and blue, the walls were refreshed with Dulux Feather Soft, with Dulux Vivid White on the ceiling and wall panelling and trims.

A bright white hallway with panelled walls leads out to an outdoor room set up on a deck

Outdoor room reno

Tim built a timber screen to protect the back deck from the elements. The new merbau deck has a Suntuf roof to let in light while shielding from UV. A bench seat at the table allows for better flow than high-backed chairs, while a tall strelitzia and touches of seagrass offer the feel of an eco resort.

A painted white timber bench and table contrasts against lush green potted plants. A jute lamp shade with fringe hangs above.

Main bedroom makeover

Nicole and Tim devoted a weekend to installing Easycraft wall linings below a dado rail. It’s painted in Dulux Vivid White with Dulux Feather Soft above to establish a sense of flow between spaces. Luxurious soft furnishings create a stylish sleep sanctuary.

A coastal-look bedroom with feature mirror hanging above a bed with no headboard. The bed has a striking palm print cushion displayed amongst other neutral cushions.

Guest room revamp

Nicole made a lightweight frame to hang from the ceiling of her guest room, then attached a pre-made muslin canopy with tab ties to flow beautifully around the bed. The fabric is matched by Windoware sheer curtains.

She sourced the bed secondhand and painted it in Dulux Antique White USA Half. Accessories, such as the cushions, throw and lamp base, add natural texture.

A white canopy hanging above a timber bed with natural textured accessories

Safety tip: Take care when removing old paint as it could contain traces of lead. Houses built before 1990 may contain asbestos. For more information, visit our Health & Safety page.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.