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Thu, 11 Oct, 2018Basmah Qazi

Aussie mum's thrifty Kmart renovation hack

Aussie mum's thrifty Kmart renovation hack

Home décor on a budget has become the latest phenomenon this past year, with creative women showing off their inspiring rooms that look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

The most recent is a mother who has stunned thousands after completely transforming her home for less than $20,000.

Stay-at-home mum Rebecca Townsend proudly shares photos of her creations through her Instagram account and says that except for the fireplace and air conditioning system, everything else is the result of her and her husband’s hard work.

She managed to find affordable duplicates of designer pieces in order to create a “slice of heaven” on a budget.

“With help from family and a lot of hard work, we’ve managed to not have one trade come through the house, we’re pretty proud of that,” she told the Daily Mail.

“We repurposed and recycled things to save on costs so we can splash out on big ticket items such as the mirror splash back and heater.”

The kitchen was torn down, including the surrounding four walls, only a few days after they moved into their new home.

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Who loves a good renovation progress picture?? 🙋‍♀️ well, let me get more into detail on ours! . . . If you know one thing about us, it’s that we love to recycle materials and do things a bit differently 🙏 which our kitchen is a prime example of 👌 The day after we got the keys here we ripped out 4 walls, the kitchen and half the flooring (who needs to eat right?! ..or walk on a floor..🤦‍♀️) so when a family friend said they were changing colours of their kitchen we jumped at the chance to get their old one! We’ve just altered the lay out of it 🙌We’ve added the mirror backing inside the cupboards/ under them and the mirror splash back. You can never have too many mirrors 🤷‍♀️ not that we’re vein ‘round here (although I do see my 2yo check himself out more often than I could count 😂🙏) it’s the fact it plays with your perception on the space in here, which is much needed!! We’ve used railway sleepers found on our two properties to create the light fighting and bench-also our flooring was secondhand pine boards found at our local salvage yard! We sanded and grey washed the entire house ourselves to save on cash and they’re honestly one of my favourite features to date 🤩 coupling old with new is a great way to save on money, but also enables you to splash out on more expensive items that will really shine in your space! Not to mention, help the planet 🌍 . . . We’re obviously not finished in here yet, the cupboards are still in need of being refinished and we have high expectations of being able to create our own black concrete waterfall bench top ..but everyday that we’re not going backwards is a good day.. we’ll get there eventually and we’re so enjoying sharing it all with you ☺️😚✨ . . . #renovation #wemadethis #diy #diystories #reusereducerecycle #recycle #itsgoodfortheplanet #kitchen #kitcheninspo #rusticdecor #rustic #styleitdark #reclaimedwood #cornerofmyhome #apartmenttherapy #actualinstagramhomes #homeinspo #designsponge #interior123 #interiormilk #industrialdesign #earthytones #mirrors #mirrormirroronthewall #interior_design #theatmosphere #upinhere #newinteriorsontheblock #spotlightonmyhome #luxuryinteriorsonabudget

A post shared by Rebecca Townsend (@champagne_dreaming_on_budget) on Sep 15, 2018 at 8:54pm PDT

According to Ms Townsend, the home is 99 per cent decorated with items from Kmart.

“One of our favourite Kmart hacks to date is the bar stools. We used the $8 tan cushions to reupholster the tops of the $49 industrial stools from ALDI to give them a more luxe appearance,” she said.

Certain clock designs can put shoppers back hundreds of dollars, but thanks to Ms Townsend's savvy skills, she managed to find a replica for $19, which features a wooden backing to give a more rustic appearance.

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Early morning cuddles in bed with Mr.2 ..and every.single.teddy he owns 🤦‍♀️ I’ve got a corner of the mattress, but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🤷‍♀️✨🌟 Enjoy your day instafam 😚 . . . Tap for sources🌟✨ . . . #earlymorninghangs #styling #loungeroominspo #howihome #myfabhome #mydomaine #apartmenttherapy #homeinspo #interior123 #plantmom #planteriordesign #plantsofinstagram #itsajungleinhere #crazyplantlady #rustic #interiormilk #styleitdark #industrialdesign #mybohotribe #chickswithplants #myhomevibe #boholocs #bohemian #thehecticeclectic #kmartstyling #styleonadime #showmeyourstyled #hyggehome #actualinstagramhomes #cornerofmyhome

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To further cut down on costs, Ms Townsend purchased many items second-hand, which resulted in huge savings.

In the past, the mother-of-one shared her and her husband’s work after they decorated their bathroom using items from Kmart, ALDI and eBay, totalling to $800.

“You don’t need to spend a lot these days to get the designer look, you just need to be savvy, wait for the specials and shop around,” she said.

“The bathroom is the only room we didn’t rip apart the moment we moved in, we just cleverly designed it on a budget with items mostly from Kmart to make it more designer.”

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YES, I’m back! Well, I’m back ..yes, I’m BACK IN BLACK!!! . . . Black is the new black guysss and I’m all over it like a bee on a flower 🐝 (there’s a spring reference for you there 😉) . . . The bathroom is the only room in the house we didn’t completely gut the moment we walked in the door from getting the keys, we’ve just cleverly decorated it to make it ✨POP✨on a very tight budget of $800! This completely decked the room out from top to bottom including swapping all the hardware out for the more modern black look, you just need to be savvy and look for the bargains (don’t be afraid to be stingy 😜) and get your hands dirty with some #diy the money you save on the little things allows you to splash out on the bigger ticket items! . . . ✨I’ll go into more detail in my stories 🙏 ✨ . . . #diystories #blackonblack #backinblack #bathroomdecor #bathroom #bathroominspo #bathroomremodel #luxuryinteriorsonabudget #cornerofmyhome #newinteriorsontheblock #actualinstagramhomes #apartmenttherapy #interior123 #interior_design #designsponge #interiormilk #howihome #homeinspo #industrialdesign #kmartstyling #kmartaus #styleitdark #styleonadime #deliciousdarkdecor #interiorboom #myhomevibe #myhometrend #dailydecordetail #livefabulousandfearless

A post shared by Rebecca Townsend (@champagne_dreaming_on_budget) on Sep 17, 2018 at 8:00pm PDT

Ms Townsend hopes that her décor-on-a-budget will help inspire other people to step out of their comfort zone.

Her and her husband worked together on this home project during the time their baby was on home oxygen and was in and out of hospital.

“After our son was born at 23 weeks gestation and spent 125 days in hospital, we bought this house when he was only seven months old and on home oxygen, but it didn’t deter us from creating a wonderful home for him to grow up and into,” she said.

“Whatever challenges you may face, don’t put renovating off if it will provide you with happiness, if we can do it on a budget through all our ups and downs, you can too.”