Friday, January 23, 2015

Bathroom budget makeover Before and After

It has been awhile since my last post but many things have improved at Kyandra so I'm hoping to share some before and after pics of our home in the near future.

If you have been a reader of Kyandra, you will remember how 'Country' she originally was but now she has a fresher style which I describe as French Provincial with a mix of eclectic modern and vintage pieces thrown in to give her some interest.

The bathrooms have been a challenge. Although completely functional there aesthetics have left a lot to be desired.

When selecting tiles during the original build I knew I would never tire of the gorgeous subway tile but I also thought I would love the pink and green floral border tile forever too.

The challenge was to update as cheaply a possible without ripping out the entire bathroom.

This is how I updated on a budget.



Her bones weren't bad, she just needed a new lease of life !



Installed  new chrome tap-ware. Love, love , love.


Due to cracked and leaking shower bases because of poor installation, it was necessary to replace the showers in both bathrooms... a cost we could have done without.


Sadly the subway in the  shower stall had to be ripped out too. So we replaced it with a
gorgeous tile that looks like Carrara marble.

I painted the previously gold luggage rack that we use to store towels matt black and installed a new chrome towel rail.

This bathroom is teeny tiny and serves as our main bathroom. It is functional and now more aesthetically pleasing and keeping with the colour and style I've come to love!

So what did we do?

Painted out the border tile with tile paint- $50
 Shower base and shower tile replaced due to leak (Tiles Beaumont Classic Carrara white) - $400
Tradesman for shower bases- $ 800
New chrome tap ware shower, bath and sink( Bunnings Mondello Maestro on special) - $220
New chrome towel rail ( Early Settler)- $ 100
Painted luggage rack - $15
Painted walls (Hog Bristle 1/4 strength)- $60
Chrome door handles (ebay) - $8

Total cost- $1653 although half of this was the cost of tradesmen due to the leak otherwise it would have been a cheap mini makeover.

I'm pleased with the results and can't believe what a difference painting out the tile border has had on the entire look. Still contemplating whether or not to paint the sink cabinet black?????

Have you completed a mini makeover?

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, December 30, 2013

The right shade of grey !

I'm trying to find the right shade of grey to paint a wall in my bedroom. Usually I'm quite confident when choosing paint colours as I've used soooo.... many over the years but the shade of grey I'm looking for has me stumped.

Currently I have a number of samples taped to the wall but they are either too purple , too blue, too light or too dark ....  oh the choice is confusing.

I just want to paint the wall behind the bed which is currently a plum colour.
The other walls are a neutral  Dulux Hog Bristle , the floor is charcoal and the bed is black.

The American blogs show some beautiful colours but down here in Australia we seem a little limited.

If anyone can suggest a fabulous shade of grey/gray I'de be delighted to hear from you.

Some inspiration from Pinterest:
Tracie's Gorgeous Grey Bedroom Makeover <3
 Inside Scoop: Monochrome Calm in a Netherlands High Rise 
 love the gray door repurposing as a headboard and the use of the branch wrapped in lights above it.....
My Sweet Savannah: ~fishtail cottage~

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas decorating

 Long time no post..... It's been a crazy year so I'm hoping next year will be a better one!

I thought I would share a few pictures of Kyandra's holiday spirit. I'm loving the way it is all coming together.

I hope you're enjoying your Christmas ...... wherever you are!!!!

Merry Christmas 


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Beautiful coral prints and a sneak peek

When  I look around my home, I am reminded of all the beautiful bloggers that I have come across over the years.
I have so many reminders of etsy purchases, gifts and how amazing is it to be a blogger.

My latest purchase arrived today from the gorgeous Kerri Shipp of Driftwood Interiors

I absolutley love them and will frame them up soon.
 You can visit Kerri HERE
If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that the transformation of Kyandra has been a long slow process. Mainly due to the fact that I wasn't sure on the style or approach that I wanted to take when redecorating.
But I think I am now becoming more comfortable with my choices.
So here is  a sneak peek of my other living area....
 So in love with my 'Revenge' sofa!!!!
 This was the same area before....
Ha ha...... how we change. It's like I've grown up!



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