Many first-time home-buyers express an interest in buying modular (or prefabricated) homes. These are not a new concept in the construction industry. But, modern house plans have only recently gained popularity. Technological advancements are a major influence. But the main reason for the rise in interest is due to a few factors. Modern consumers are generally more aware of how their actions impact the environment. So, they want to make a difference by going green. They do so, by adopting more energy-efficient practices.

Further, more architects turn to modular construction when designing modern house plans. Sustainable practices include:

  • Reducing material waste and pollution generated by transport
  • Energy-efficient building materials
  • Solar panel systems
  • Creating modern homes that reduce one’s footprint

Read on to discover the hottest trends in the evolving world of contemporary homes.

Expand Your Living Space with a Modular Extension

Modular extensions aka ‘pods’ are a great solution for expanding a home. You may need a garden shed, art studio, DIY workshop or teenage retreat. These help homeowners to increase living space without making structural changes. Built off-site in climate-controlled factory environments, mean these are fast to install. Some only take a few days before they are ready to go.

Include Space-Savvy Solutions

But before you consider extending your home, you should know how to make the most of your existing space. Keeping the space neat and free of clutter is one modern house design trend that will never go away. Consider using a combination of practical storage for decluttering purposes.

Hiding gear from sight also makes rooms look bigger. To save on space, consider built-in shelves and closets. This way, you will take care of your clutter without disrupting the freedom of movement in your home.

Finally, keep spaces refined and polished by camouflaging appliances and homewares. For example, pick a refrigerator colour that matches your kitchen counters and cupboards. Or, use a retractable chopping board built into the counter.

Let the Light In

To enhance the cleanliness and air in a space, bring as much daylight in as possible. Instead of using window treatments that obstruct the view and the sun, leave windows bare. adorned with only some sheer curtains that allow for the light to sneak through. If your space doesn’t get sunlight during the day, get some with overhead ambient LED lighting. Go for a colour that’s as close to natural as possible.

Create an Earthy Atmosphere with a Palette of Neutral Tones

Create a home that feels honest, true and connected. Introduce nature, by using natural and earthy tones in your interior. The colours lack, brown, grey and beige create a balanced look with a homely feel. Neutral tones are also popular because they make spaces appear larger.

Let Rooms Flow into Each Other

There’s no rule that says each room has only one purpose. Try to see potential in all the separate rooms in your home. For instance, a kitchen can also contain a dining area. Remove the need to build a separate dining room. And a home office can double as an entertainment area. Fuse one off a living room. Dual-purpose increase available space and offering convenience.

Look Up to Mid-Century Modern Style

Modern mid-century architecture is gaining popularity. Design is minimalist and marked by clean lines, flat or gabled roofs. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with light. This style is popular when it comes to modern house plan interiors.

For example, consider bringing in accents in retro colours. Think avocado, mustard, and baby pink. Also, use colours on vibrant tiles as a statement in the bathroom. An intricate contemporary pendant will grab attention in the dining room. These tasteful pops of colour can give sleek modern houses personality.

Elements such as peg legs or hardware can add a mid-century modern vibe to your interior. Instead of going for mass-produced (or throwaway) furniture, consider hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces. These give the interior a unique character. Reclaimed wood, bamboo, and eco-smart furniture are great for adding texture. and warmth to a modern interior.

Say Hello to Terrazzo

For all the reasons above Terrazzo is popular. Wall coverings and floors, especially in bathrooms and kitchens are on trend. Terrazzo is a composite material. It’s made up of small pieces of marble, granite, glass, quartz or other material. Then it’s mixed with a polymeric or cementitious binder, or both. It’s great for wet and high-humidity areas as the material is resistant to water damage.

Make a Statement with Large Scale Art

New home designs in 2020 include large scale art covering a statement wall. Or in other words, wall murals, decals, tapestry or large paintings are popular. This works well in interiors with a neutral colour palette and a minimalist design. This big picture art brings a bold but tasteful touch to the space. Make sure that the theme and colours of the art complement the existing style of the space.  

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We’re at the end of a 7-year renovation and ready for a well-deserved holiday. We’ve made a lot of savings and yes, a few mistakes along the way. I’ve decided to start blogging about my experience as ‘background’ girl in this project. I’m in charge of budgeting, sourcing materials, as well as admin, plans and permits. I’m also documenting hubby Richard’s trade journey. We’re both super excited this project is ending because we’re going on a holiday soon. We’ve made a lot of sacrifices over the years. So, yippee! Well, we’re looking at holidays online anyway. So that’s a start.

I’m writing this article because I’ve heard some kitchen horror stories. Some people are paying between $14,000 and $30,000 for basic new kitchens. The cost is actually in the ‘project management’ rather than the materials themselves. If you are willing to do the project management yourself, you will save thousands.

Before I get started on how we created a dream kitchen and ‘heart of our home’ with appliances for under $5k, here are a few of my biggest tips.

Of course, we learned them in hindsight – but I’d like to save you the heartache and pitfalls.

Some ground rules

Don’t be in a hurry when renovating. Your home appreciates in value while you are waiting anyway.

Rule #1: Have the goal to save more money than you spend

Our project took us a while because we funded it out of wages, rather than ripping equity out of the home. This puts us in a good position now, when coming to sell because all that money we invested, we’ll get back tenfold. It isn’t a bad thing sitting on a home while renovating. Your home is going up in value the whole time and this allows you to take breaks along the way.

Rule#2:  Don’t be in a hurry

Unless you are an experienced renovator, it is important to not do much in the first six months of a renovation. It takes time to get a feel for what a home needs. You need to live in that home a while to understand what’s good about the place and what’s not. If you rush in and renovate, you may not discover the hidden gems. Nor will you understand why the previous owners did what they did.

Rule #3: Never pay full price and shop, shop, shop around

Well, this is part of my mantra as a savings blogger, but stick to this rule. We never paid full price for anything. We’d start with an item full price and then try to find it elsewhere for at least half its value if not more. Again – patience is key.

Rule #4: Be Prepared to Inconvenience yourself

If you have to drive 40 minutes with two of your hubby’s mates in the car to pick up a $100 Caesarstone benchtop – do it. That Saturday trip, will save you at least $2900 and is well worth the effort. Oh and here’s a bigger tip: Take three mates. Caesarstone benchtops are very heavy! We learned that the hard way.

Prepare for hard work and living in a dirty-grimy renovation environment

Here’s what you need to know:

Ok. Let’s get into it. Here’s how we created our dream kitchen for a song!

  • Be prepared to work hard. It will pay off. We worked many long hours on our renovation. Hubby did all the trade work himself (except for electrics and plumbing). He learned how to do everything asking trade mates and watching YouTube videos. I did a lot of the moving of stuff (actually that’s been my life for years) while hubby worked in the day. I always pre-empted the next stages of renovation. This was so hubby could get straight to work on weekends when he had time. I looked after the kids on weekends, keeping them occupied, while we hubby got jobs done.
  • Renovations are hard on the kids. Schedule in breaks around renovation stages. Plan weekends well, so kids are either helping or occupied with friends or activities. Also schedule in quality family time away from the renovation. For example, bike rides and picnics in the park. It’s important to keep everyone connected and happy throughout the long renovation process.
  • Living in a renovation is hard. You will live a life of dust-and-grime for years. You’ll become obsessed with cleaning (like I did) so you can feel normal. Keep a tidy ship as best you can.

Your essential guide to a dream kitchen with appliances for under $5k

Search using Google’s shopping feature and sort by price. Source secondhand items. Never pay full price.

Important research tips

  • New stuff: Research can take a while. When shopping for new supplies (e.g kitchen cabinets) go to google and punch in what you need. Then go to ‘shopping’ and ‘sort by price.’ This will bring up the cheapest vendor for that item.
  • Secondhand stuff: Our ‘go-to’ places for secondhand stuff are
  • Facebook Marketplace: My hubby loves Facebook marketplace. First, people turn up to take your old stuff for cash. Second, you don’t have to travel far to grab renovation supplies from others.
  • Gumtree: Still an oldie and a goodie for all things secondhand. I always find gems on Gumtree. Gumtree is great for finding local kitchenware suppliers who are selling it cheaper.
  • Tip store in a neighbouring town: We travel 15 minutes up a highway to a large secondhand shop next to a local tip. The area is a ritzy, so the secondhand goods are always high quality, but the goods go for a song.

Demolition – how to do it

  • Before you rip the old kitchen out, know the materials in your kitchen. Old vinyl flooring and walls can be asbestos-filled. Seek professional advice from a builder about what is hiding in your kitchen.
  • We used our old laundry, which is near our kitchen, as a kitchen while renovating. This worked fine as an interim kitchen.
  • Don’t rip up the entire kitchen. You can still use cupboards for food storage, while completing the sink area for example. Do areas of the kitchen in stages. Be prepared to bring in temporary storage. For example, I grabbed a large white pantry from a tip store, and we used that for all our food while renovating.
  • Demolition is so much fun and a great stress release. I love it and it was one of the most fun parts of our renovation. Be safe, wear safety masks and glasses. Try to do it when the kids aren’t home.

Costing – what we did and how we saved (in order of timing)

Kitchen cabinets and pantry: $1804

Tip: If you project manage your own kitchen, you will save big $$$

It took me a while to get the kitchen cabinets pricing right. I did a lot of shopping around. There was always the weighing-up of quality versus price. I ended finding a supplier on Gumtree – in one of their adverts.

First, create a 3D scale sketch and layout of the kitchen (pictured here) to give them specifics. There are plenty of apps and online sites for doing this. A simple sketch on paper (top view) will do too. You’ll need to do this first.

One thing to note, you’ll need side-panels, kickboards and spacers when buying cabinets. As well as handles. You can buy handles online at very reduced prices. Factor this in too. Side panels are around $30 each, back panels for islands are around $160 (which we didn’t need). Allow around $300 for extras.

  • 4 x 800mm cabinets $160 each = $640
  • 1 x 900mm cabinet $166 each – $166
  • 1 x 800mm drawers = $292
  • 4 x lge pantry cupboards $99 each = $396
  • 1 x extras – side panels, kickboards, handles = $300

Cabinet Installation: DIY

If you can’t install the cabinets checkout Airtaskers offering this service. Or go to an online trade site like Hi-Pages. You can get a tradie for a day for between $200-$400 for putting cabinets together. Some tradies jump on sites like this to fill gaps between bigger jobs. So this a win-win usually because they’d usually work for more. Many specialise in Ikea kitchens but can usually do other similar kitchens. Checkout installation services before investing in your cabinets. You need to make sure you installation experience runs well and doesn’t go over budget. I’m lucky – my very skilled hubby installed ours.

Kitchen Bench, Sink and Installation: $510

  • Benchtop: You can pick up very cost-effective benchtops at places like Bunnings. We actually got ours at the Masters closing down sale. It was around $300. But if you’re not handy, you will need to factor in a cutting service. Bunnings standard 2400x900mm white bench includes a cutting service. The price is $541.
  • Sink: Also factor in cutting the hole for the sink. Plumbers can usually help with that, as well as the cost of getting the sink plumbed up. It took our plumber about two hours to get ours all sorted. Roughly $200. We got lucky with the sink itself. I found a brand new double sink at my tip store for $10. This was very good find indeed.

Big tip: Avoid square-cornered sinks on eBay. They are cheap but horrible to use as the food doesn’t drain into the sink hole. Go for modern looking sinks with curved basins that drain water out well.

Penina Petersen – Reno Savers

Large 1200mm (not 900mm) wide benchtop $200:

Richard scored some high-quality bed heads for FREE from a home demolition on Gumtree. He cut them to size and built the base of our bench. The approximate cost was $200 for the base including materials, paint and silicon. Note: Caesarstone benches can cost up to $3000 for ones that are only 900mm wide.

We wanted a big family ‘feast table’ as the heart of our home. We achieved it at such a low cost and guests love, love, love sitting at our big feast table. It’s a real hit when we’re entertaining. Everybody gravitates to our big bright bench. We have so much fun here. It’s also a spot where the kids do their homework. We tell stories and of course, enjoy a lovely meal together every night. Happiness doesn’t have to cost the Earth.

Pendant Lights $120:

We did a lot of homework on the lights. We picked them up for around $40 each online. Note: If you are buying lights from China make sure they are Australian standard. Check with an Australian electrician before buying anything electrical from China.

Splashbacks $240:

Splashbacks look awesome but can be costly. A toughened glass splashback will set you back about $450 – $600 per metre. A standard splashback can set you back over one thousand dollars. If you buy tiles you will also have to pay for labour.

We wanted a splashback to style our kitchen but didn’t have the budget to pay too much. We wanted a stylish and classic (not overdone) look-and-feel. We ended up settling on Rivet Pressed Metal, which Richard painted white. These come in long sheets suitable for a splashback. We purchased two and Richard cut them down to size. I recently discovered you can get these already painted white at $120 each. If you’re not handy, hire a handyman on Airtasker to do the cutting and measuring for you. This doesn’t add too much to that cost. Make sure you hire someone with excellent reviews of course.

Etiquette Tip:
You could ask a handy friend to help. Of course, you must insist on paying your friend. No-one likes being taken advantage of. People should always receive fair compensation for their good work. Good friends will usually give you mates rates anyway. Don’t even go there if you think the ask will affect the friendship. Keep a good level of etiquette when enlisting help from well-meaning friends.

Penina Petersen – Reno Savers

New rangehood $50:

I found a guy on Gumtree who was cleaning out his mother’s garage. I drove 30 minutes to pick it up. It was in perfect condition and never used. Richard spent a Saturday afternoon installing it.

900mm Oven and Installation $1639:

Ovens are something you should buy new. Then they’ll last the test of time. We shopped around and settled on a Technika 900mm dual-fuel oven. It is was the cheapest at $1389. We had it delivered for $50 and had our plumber install it for $200.

Recycled Coffee Tea Station Cupboard: FREE

Finally, we saved on the cost of an extra cabinet by recycling some more of the wooden bed heads we found. Hubby made a stylish square open cupboard for our coffee and tea. Again FREE.

Brand new $2500 fridge: FREE (Think outside the square)

This was our super special move. Since we are living in a renovation we needed to remove around 3000 bricks from our backyard. My husband discovered on Facebook marketplace that our bricks were worth good money. They were worth at least $1 each. My husband advertised the bricks on Facebook marketplace. People came from all over Melbourne (and beyond) to collect them. There wasn’t a day that went by, that I didn’t see a new person in our backyard. Each with wheelbarrows full of bricks. We also met a bunch of lovely people in the process. For a month, our little backyard was a hub of excitement. We collected $2500 for the bricks and used the money to pay for our black fridge. It was such a win-win and a great way to recycle. It was so cool to use our new fridge after the process was over.

Happy Renovating!

So there you have it. You can have your dream kitchen and put those hard-earned dollars away for a holiday. I hope you enjoy your renovation ride. The hard work and savings sure are worth it!

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Australian home prices recently experienced one of Australia’s worst property downturns in generations. But there’s good news. Home prices may have found some solid ground. The real estate industry is experiencing a revival in auction demand. New data shows buyers are increasing, compared to the same time last year.
The latest CoreLogic data reports a clearance rate of 72.8%. Out of 262 auctions, 190 properties sold. That’s a 25.9% increase compared to the same week last year. In Melbourne, the clearance rate reached 70.6%, which was an increase on last year’s 56.2%. Across all the capital cities, the clearance rate reached 65.4% compared with 52.0% in the same period last year.
Adam Rigby, founder of Upside, Australia’s biggest fixed-fee agency is positive.
“Auctions are a great way to sell right now. Buyers are back but supply is low so many properties are selling above reserve. The signs are there throughout the entire sales process. Our average open home attendance in July sitting at more than double the yearly average. Buyer interest is back, and savvy homeowners are taking advantage” said Mr Rigby.
He says now is a good time to make small improvements to get top value if you’re considering selling.
“There’s a sliding scale of how much value you can create versus how much you spend,” says Mr Rigby. “It’s no secret that styling your property pays off. Our real estate agents estimate that it adds around 2.5% to the value of your home. This can also help your house sell faster.
Here are the secret tips you need to know to increase the value of your property. These hacks will help you maximise the results of your sale and you can do it all without breaking the bank.

1. Choose low-fee agents

Fixed-fee selling is a great way to reduce sale costs. You’ll know exactly what you are paying for upfront. Upside, for example, charges a flat-fee of $8,900 for private treaty sales. They charge $9,700 for auctions, compared to commission which are often in the 2-2.2% range, but can climb higher than 3%.

2. Add a coat of paint

Paint will spruce up a room and cover up wear and tear. This is a fast and effective way to revitalise a home for sale. Keep colours neutral. Stick to white, off-white or cream.

3. Invest in new plants

Plants offset harsh looking fascias. They also soften the edges of a a home. Indoor plants and flowers make a home feel fresh and modern. The breathe new life into tired-looking rooms.

4. Improve curb appeal

Research shows 80% of Australians want a home with a yard for their family and pets. Having a well-presented outdoor space can win over potential buyers. Landscaping can cost thousands. But there are plenty of little touches you can add that will make your backyard shine. Start by trimming hedges and mowing the lawn.

5. Open up the space

Everyone wants a space that feels big and open. You might find that removing items of furniture works. Or consider replacing them with smaller pieces creates an impression of space.

6. Hang up mirrors

Mirrors are an inexpensive and fast way to give a feeling of space to a room. Here are some great spots for a mirror:

  • Behind the sofa
  • A shelf in the living room
  • The headboard in a bedroom
  • In a hallway to make it look bigger

7. Quick fixings

Kitchens are expensive to renovate, but they’re also the room that sells a house. If your kitchen is looking tired, freshen up the space by painting cabinets. Finish the look with new knobs or handles.
In bedrooms, invest in affordable new linen to make brighten a room and make it feel more inviting and cosy. Add cushions and a throw to complete the look.
For more information visit www.upside.com.au

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It’s an exciting day here today at The Petersen’s home. Recently we heard about an amazing new product by White Knight called White Knight Ultra Pave. Word on the street (well among all the YouTubers and tradies we spoke to) was that the concrete covers easily (in two coats) and is very resistant to damage. My hubby Richard Petersen (a master painter who works on millionaire homes) was sceptical. He’s used most products on the market and he didn’t believe there could be a product he didn’t know about that could be that good.

So these were my 10 goals for this project:

  1. Put this ‘amazing’ product (White Knight Ultra Pave) to the test on our dirty old shed floor
  2. Launch our new website ‘Room Reveal’ showcasing our six year renovation project, the savings we made (over $70k) and much more.
  3. Transform the shed for a budget of just $200 (because well… you know I’m always on a budget)
  4. Get the kids off digital for an entire weekend & get them working
  5. Clear all the clutter we’ve accumulated from living in a home with so many rooms (when we declutter the house it ends up in Richard’s shed!)
  6. Clear out the shed and create a space for the kids to ride their scooters in if they want
  7. Create a man cave for Richard to enjoy a beer with his mates
  8. Include a nice and comfy space for Richard and I to enjoy a few Friday night wines and a natter that isn’t too blokey
  9. Get a bit of exercise and lose a bit of weight lifting and lugging stuff around all weekend
  10. Get it done within one entire weekend starting Friday night

These are the exact steps we took to get this job done:

Step 1: Take a Before Shot

I do this alot – even when I’m cleaning. Why? Because it is motivating. I love the warm-and-fuzzy satisfaction of looking at a before-and-after kitchen, bathroom or living room. We’ve taken it up a notch for this story because we filmed the entire process and it is so fun to watch this transformation in video format.

This was the shed before the transformation (poor Richard):

Step 2: Create a Plan

Never execute any project without a plan. If you read my blog you know I can save you up to $600 on groceries a month by using a simple plan. The same goes for renovating. If you don’t plan your project well and create a budget like my $200 goal you will absolutely overspend.

Tip: Try to use FREE tools for creating your plan. I used a free tool called Room Sketcher – which I find easy to use. I have also used this tool to draw up our entire renovation. Otherwise, just google ‘modern shed or garage’ to find an image of the look and feel you are after (note: see palettes next to include colour in your search).

This is the plan I created. Make sure you make the plan ‘fluid’ as it may change depending on what you find at Op Shops and so forth.

These are the simple drawings I created at RoomSketcher:

Step 3: Pick a Palette

I wasn’t sure I could get the pool table for FREE on Facebook Marketplace – but this was our fluid plan and starting point.

I learnt this little trick from creating websites. It is important to pick a palette for a room. You can use any palette that takes your fancy but I recommend picking just three colours for the shed. Two neutral colours and one colour to make the whole room pop. My choices were charcoal, silver/grey (the Taubman’s tint we chose for the White Knight Ultra Pave Paint) and finally yellow. I just like yellow. It’s a colour that makes me happy and other people happy, I feel. Our style is a mix of what we call ‘Club’ and we also love Scandinavian style. So we like to add a little wooden feel to our ‘Club’ look. Wood always makes a room look natural and not so clinical. This worked well in our makeover, because Richard had a heap of old school signs (he’s an ex-signwriter) and retro wooden pieces (like his old signwriter box) that fitted well with this choice.

Here’s a palette I found online and what they look like. I just omitted the blue but we might add it in at a later stage. I thought it looked pretty blokey too but still had the female touch I wanted for when I visit the shed.

It is so much easier to work to a palette than not to!

Step 4: Stocktake Your Home

As you know I am massively into reducing, reusing (repurposing) and recycling just about everything. This world has a huge rubbish problem and I want to leave the planet better than I found it for my kids to enjoy. There is a win-win in doing this too. You will save hundreds of dollars in the process. I highly recommend taking the eco-smart shed makeover path for these reasons.

There are plenty of FREE home inventory apps out there where you can also add images. I downloaded an APP called exactly that ‘Home Inventory.’ You can use it to wander around your home, take photos of items and then put then in categories.

I created a category called ‘Richard’s Shed’ and then walked around my home finding items that could fit into the ‘fluid’ plan we made.

Here’s a list of items around the home that we could repurpose:

We found 15 items we could repurpose (and hence FREE in terms of our $200 budget).

They’re listed below with the reasons we wanted to repurpose them:

  • Brown Chairs that were cluttering the house
  • Yellow chairs from Kmart that were cluttering our deck up
  • YEAH Picture that was lying around (not-in-use)
  • Black and white picture we from inside that looked better in the shed
  • Silver ladders, fans and other silver gear to match the floor
  • Yellow items in the shed to ‘act’ as style items to match the palette
  • Old JBL speakers we had in storage
  • Plants brought from outside in
  • Coffee tables, candle holder and fake plants getting lost inside the house
  • Richard’s old signwriter’s box, old suitcase, our existing pizza oven & homemade stand
  • Yellow tools and neutral coloured toolboxes matching our simple palette
  • Kids skateboards, large ladders
  • Yellow hoses and sponges to place on hooks
  • Macrame hanging plant bowl to match the brown chairs
  • Yellow cushions from inside the house – we had way too many inside

Step 4: Source Gear

Now that you know what you’ve got, the next step is to list and shop for gear you need to purchase.

As you know I am massively into reducing, reusing (repurposing) and recycling just about everything. This world has a huge rubbish problem and I want to leave the planet better than I found it for my kids to enjoy. There is a win-win in doing this too. You will save hundreds of dollars in the process. I highly recommend taking the eco-smart shed makeover path for these reasons.

In hindsight, the most vital part of this room makeover being a success was the White Knight Ultra Pave paint (Etcher – an acid you apply, wash off after surface) we wanted to try for this experiment. The reason is that it totally transformed the shed floor and refreshed not only the concrete itself but also the entire look and feel of the space.

  • Paint Shop: Visit your local paint shop (Taubman’s and Bunnings stock White Knight Paint or head online to White Knight Paints for more information. Ask your Taubman’s or Bunnings paint rep to tint the paint to the colour you would like.
  • Op Shops & Facebook Marketplace (Budget $40): We purchased the bar stools for $40. Because Richard was nice to the guy he got a $20 discount.

Important Room Reveal Tangent…

Before I reveal this amazing room makeover to you (and get into the awesomeness of what happened) here are the main reasons Richard LOVED this White Knight Ultra Pave (and yes, it certainly did live up to its rave reviews) in the end:

  • Gave the concrete a whole new lease of life
  • The process itself was easy (in terms of its application)
  • The product was super easy to apply and durable (Richard found learned about its DuraTough technology which delivers long lasting results)
  • Richard did a ‘scratch’ test and dragged furniture along the floor and it still didn’t scratch (he was very impressed!)
  • The paint is cost-effective as you only have to apply two coats to get the finish we got
  • White Knight Ultra Pave range includes preparation, primers, sealers and topcoats which is an added bonus
  • Richard liked the idea the product has multiple uses such as driveways, garage floors, paths, patios, verandas, courtyards and even more applications that that
  • I researched other products they bring out and here’s the list of those: White Knight Ultra Pave Quick Dry • White Knight Ultra Pave Topcoat Grip Additive (if the surface is very smooth please also use White Knight® Ultra Pave® Concrete Etcher)
  • You can add tintable bases (Taubmans) to the paint to get the colour you want. This is good because there are 1000s of colours to choose from to get the colour to match the palette you choose.

This is what the paint looks like:

Source: White Knight

We picked our paint from our local Taubman’s store. We needed enough paint for about 35 sqm – so this 4 Litre drum was more than enough. Richard actually used leftovers to paint his bench edge too and still had some left. He a happy man when he gets leftover paint because he can use it on other projects. It takes a lot to make Richard happy when it comes to paint (he’s a major perfectionist) so to see him loving a product like this was rare.

Step 5 – Get To Work!

Here’s exactly what you need to do to make your Total Shed Transformation a win-win weekend:

Saturday – Declutter and Paint:

  1. Check the weather report for the coming weekend
  2. If sunny, remove all items from the shed onto the lawn or if it looks like rain try to put as much as you can into the house (Note: Non-flammable items only).
  3. Completely clear the shed floor of all items and sweep thoroughly with a broom
  4. Apply the White Knight Concrete Etcher (You’ll need a bucket, water, broom, safety glasses and gloves). Richard mixed this in a bucket with water.
  5. Use the Etcher sparingly at the beginning and really spread it out – otherwise you risk running out of it too early in the piece
  6. Wash off the concrete etcher about half an hour later using a hose or high pressure hose (Richard did it with a high pressure hose)
  7. Richard also painted the walls of the shed (in dark charcoal) using his spray gun and allowed them to dry
  8. Cut in the walls/floors of the shed and allow to dry
  9. Paint the floors of the shed using a long roller with the White Knight Paint and allow to dry
  10. Apply the second coat of the White Knight paint and allow to dry.
  11. While Richard was painting we (as a family) completely went through everything that was out on the lawn. We made a rubbish pile for Richard to take to the tip. We also made a pile of items for the Op Shop. Finally – we organised items that could neatly go back into the house. We also photographed and put items up on Facebook Marketplace straight away.
  12. Saturday night – bring important pieces back in. For example, we brought in Richard’s equipment that couldn’t be left out in case it rained. We managed on the Saturday to deal with anything we couldn’t leave out and find homes for those items.

Sunday – Style:

  1. Enjoy bringing the new pieces of furniture and items into the shed to styling it. We had so much fun with this part of the process and seeing the amazing results.

Tips: Plan a trip to the tip and Op Shops the following weekend to remove rubbish from the home. Sell unwanted items to FB Marketplace bargain hunters.


Here is our amazing new shed – totally transformed using our biggest secret White Knight Ultra Pave paint. Plus Op Shop finds, a fun family working bee, repurposed items from the home and a big pinch of love. Isn’t it amazing how a totally transformed floor can completely change the look and feel of a room. Thanks White Knight!

Watch the Vid: Amazing Budget Shed Transformation In Action

Room Reveal: Design Notes & How We Did It

After Richard finished all the grunt work I was left with the lovely job of completely styling the shed. I couldn’t believe my luck. We usually style rooms together – but I think he was