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This family gave their Hamilton rental a major makeover for $3400

Vintage finds picked up for a song and old furniture revamped with paint give this family home a cool, arty style

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Tash Stokes, 26, Arie Stokes, 31 (photographers and co-owners of Black Robin Photography), Ruby, 3, and George, 1, plus Bobby the family pooch.

Thanks to a unique agreement with their landlord this creative couple was able to turn this tired rental into a fresh family home. We chat to Tash and Arie about their highs and lows and get a full budget break down.

Where have you saved money? Tash: Not doing anything structural to the property.

Where have you splurged? Not many areas!

What was your best buy? The Karen Walker Blanched Pink paint on the office feature wall. It has such a beautiful tone.

Best memory in your home? Bringing our new baby home and starting life as a family of four.

What would you never do again? After removing wallpaper in every room of the house, I will never put wallpaper up, ever!

Best lesson learned? Take your time with prep work; it always shows in the end result.

Top Tips

  • Shop secondhand; there are some great op-shops in Hamilton.
  • Refurbish old furniture.
  • Start collecting. You never know where you’ll come across something that will fit in with your home. Sometimes it’s an op-shop, sometimes it’s a big chain store, so always keep an eye out.
  • Change things around. Don’t live with things looking the same for too long; keep it fresh. Shop in your own home! Ask yourself what you could move to make the space look new.


  • Kitchen
    Paint: $300
    Vinyl for splashback: $200 Lighting: $100
    Styling: $150
  • Living room
    Paint: $250
    Shelving and desk: $150
    Carpet restretch: $250
    Styling: $150
  • Bathrooms
    Paint: $150
    Bedrooms Paint: $450
    Styling: $450
  • Home office
    Paint: $300
    Landscaping $500

Total: $3400

See more of the rental home below

Contacts & shops

Furniture and decor: Citta, EziBuy, Father Rabbit, Ikea, and Little Whimsy for the kids.

Photography by: Alice Veysey.

This article was first published in Your Home and Garden. Follow YHG on Instagram, Facebook and sign up to the fortnightly email for inspiration between the issues.

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