Our little fixer upper

We recently purchased a wee fixer upper in Doubleview, Perth. She is a very tired old lady who hasn’t seen any love for quite a number of years but she has good bones, amazing floorboards and most importantly, is located exactly where we want to live – winning!

We moved in a week ago and have been in full gutting, repairing and painting mode! Luckily my hard working husband is as motivated as I am and our renovation project is a true labour of love for us.

We have a couple of rooms showing vast improvement and here I would love to share our daughters room. Holly is about to turn 8 years old and is already showing great promise with her creativity and flamboyance. We wanted to create a space that reflected her.

Firstly, the room was in major disrepair. A rotten ceiling, bulging walls and a rather large hole in the wall. Some previous owner had decided to try their hand on ‘textured wall paint’ as well – hmmm! This room took 3 full days with two of us working on it to repair the damage and restore this lovely room to be fit for our tiny person.

We have chosen Dulux Natural White as the shade for the entire home. It is a very neutral white that is almost vanilla in colour. It is made from a base of brown and yellow which keeps it being warm without the cream. You can find the colour sample here

Holly latest colour love is turquoise and I found a fantastic spread at Kmart for the bargain price of $10. To carry through the polka dot theme I found wall decal dots from an Etsy shop where you can choose 120 dots in various shapes and colours for $24.95. I choose purple to compliment the turquoise and had the most fun up a ladder deciding where the place them.

Holly choose a new bed frame from Ikea which is sold as a day bed and is a white iron frame. Every little girl wants to sleep under a canopy so we grabbed a white tulle one from Ikea which softens the room. Now, I’m a huge ‘roadside shopper’ and found this little Queen Ann dresser a few years back, gave her a lick of paint she is shuffled around our home, making guest appearances in different rooms. Right now she is living in Hollys room as a little dresser / desk for Hollys crafting and drawing.

As is the case with most character homes, there isn’t any wardrobes built in so we grabbed a simple and streamlined 3 door from ikea which does the job perfectly. For the collection of Hollys toys we have a few purple fabric pop up boxes which are stored nicely under my old childhood coffee table that also does the rounds of the house and has had too many different coloured paints to remember!

Finally we added a simple roller blind in beechsand shade from WA Roller Blinds which is lovely and light and can be rolled completely up to reveal the beautiful old jarrah window. Holly is thrilled with the final result and I too am in love with the polka dots! THE Painter THE Stylist decorates childrens rooms as well as entire homes, please contact us here for an obligation free quote

Take a meander through the before and after photos and shop the look!

before 2After 1

before 5After 6

before 3After 4

before 1After 3

After 5After 2


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