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Transforming a tired old 1950's weatherboard

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Transforming a tired old 1950's weatherboard

We have spent over 18 months transforming the front facade, front yard, roof , fences all around and the general vibe of this once tired old 1950's weatherboard.  We saw the potential when we bought this back in 2019 but put in a heap of work to get it looking like this. 


This is the end product:



When we purchased this house back in 2019, the facade was a typical 1950's green, very poor quality roof, metal fences, weeds and overgrown rose bushes and shrubs with a wonky front path and crappy old grassy area. 



We began clearing out some of the weeds/shrubs/rose bushes for fun to start seeing more of the house which helped us visualise what we wanted it to look like at the end.   Bunnings products used:  shovel, pick axe, gloves, wheelbarrow.



It had an old weedy arch entranceway and the whole vibe was dark and very tired looking.



We started testing a whole bunch of different colours with test pots from bunnings.  We tried out a range of colours for the weatherboards, windows, plinth, facia, downpipes and balcony.  Most of the weathboards were intact on the facade and just needed filling and sanding.  Bunnings products used: weatherproof filler, orbital sanding discs, scraper tool, sandpaper, sanding block, ladder. 



Once we had finished painting the weatherboards, windows and plinth boards (which we ended up changing the colour down the track), we got the escavator in to level the block.  Bunnings products used:  Grey pail taubmans for weathboards, vivid white taubmans for windows, frog tape for windows.



This gave us a blank slate for the front yard.



We then laid fresh turf (tiff tuff) and built form work for the front path.  Bunnings products used: treated timber for form work, nails, cordless drill, concrete, shovel, edging for turf, edging pins.



Did a whole heap of planting and established the turf with a lot of aftercare throughout the seasons!   We also replaced the front door to solid timber and changed the plinth board and balcony colour to better suit complement the grey pail.   Bunnings products used: Composte, soil improver, mulch, hose, hose head, sprinkler, front door, cabots timber sealer, paint brush, paint tray, woodland grey taubmans for balcony and plinth boards.



This is the final product, we are super happy with the results and it has completely changed the vibe of the house.   We also had new fences installed all around the perimeter with all fences being painted by ourselves with a trusty spray gun.  The roof was restored (professionally) which looks as good as new in black.  We filled in the path with screenings and painted the formwork to match the rest of the house.   Bunnings products used:  Screenings, woodland grey taubmans paint for form work, monument taubmans paint for fence, undercoat for fences, dropsheets for spray gun overspray.


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Re: Transforming a tired old 1950's weatherboard

Hi @lewismon


Just to add to the suggestions made the store equivalent is the Windoware 4.7 x 3m Striped Semi Cassette Outdoor Folding Arm Awning. It is a D.I.Y. product, has a five-year warranty and can be installed on either ceiling or wall. 




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Re: Transforming a tired old 1950's weatherboard

Great thanks Eric I’ll check that one out too

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