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Top 10 most popular renovation projects

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager



The Workshop community loves a good renovation project. It’s always inspiring to see before and after photos of what people have achieved, whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, or an entire house.


While a reno can be an intimidating, costly and time-consuming proposition, it’s fantastic that we have many experienced renovators in the community who can share their knowledge so you can learn from their experience, avoid common pitfalls and get a brilliant result.

 3396i2BA5BC22F2D50A9C.jpgDarren's gorgeous modern bathroom

Here are the Top 10 reno projects posted by Workshop members:


1. 1950s Bathroom renovation by @Darren


Darren’s comprehensive diary of his bathroom renovation is an entertaining and informative account of his reno journey. It takes us through the comprehensive transformation of a traditional 1950s-era bathroom into a modern oasis.


2. 1970s Millard caravan renovation by @RobPegley


This Christmas holiday project by experienced caravan renovator Rob has been incredibly popular with Workshop members. It’s stylish and playful Penguin Classics book theme highlights how much fun you can have renovating a mobile home, and what amazing results you can produce.


3. Tiny bathroom makeover by @Darren


Darren’s objective for this reno was to update a small bathroom for less than $1000. It’s a great example of what paint (and some hard work) can achieve.


4243i221C2D9C866E7DB8.jpgRob's caravan reno was inspired by the Penguin Classics book range

4. 1970s kitchen renovation by @Jason


The 70s-era kitchen that my wife and I inherited when we purchased our house would be typical of many Australian homes. It deserved the sledgehammer. Over 10 years later we still love the functional and clean design.


5. 1980s kitchen renovation on a budget by @ProjectPete 


One of Workshop’s most prolific contributors, Pete spent just $1000 on materials for this kitchen transformation. The makeover included refreshing the cabinetry with laminate paint, new benchtops using project panels, and a subway title splashback. 


6. Coastal cottage house flip by @2Belindas


Renovation expert Belinda Smith transformed a tired weatherboard into an absolutely gorgeous cottage that sold after the very first inspection. Belinda typically sets a renovation budget of 10% of the purchase price, spending the money where it reaps the most return – kitchens, bathrooms and front gardens.


7. Laundry renovation by @ProjectPete


The versatile handyman Pete completed this stunning reno of a large laundry  by himself. Highlights include a gorgeous timber benchtop, subway tile splashback and plenty of storage. 


959iECC6190BC5D8CDE4.jpgThis coastal cottage transformation was remarkable

8. 1960s kitchen renovation by @cupofchloe


With dated décor, limited bench space and little storage, this 1960s-era kitchen needed a major overhaul. A Bunnings kitchen consultant was used to help transform the space, which now includes a wonderful large island bench, farmhouse sink, subway tiles, loads of space and a cute little café-style counter for enjoying a morning coffee.   


9. Coastal cottage transformation by @2Belindas


The difference between the before and after photos is astonishing. Belinda described the project as one of the most rewarding transformations she has done, and it is hard not to get inspired by her work.


10. Old garage to pool cabana by @2Belindas


A small, dated garage transformed into a poolside oasis that is perfect for relaxing and entertaining friends. It also turned an eyesore into a stunning feature.




More inspiration and advice

6514i813887E2F90A5778.jpgCalifornian Bungalow renovation


If you click on the Renovation label anywhere on Workshop, you can browse many other reno projects posted across the site.


Other highlights include a Californian Bungalow renovation project from @simon_can old shed to funky studio transformation by @Kermit and apartment renovations like @Bec's investment property reno.


Also don’t miss Belinda Smith’s top tips for renovators. 


Happy renovating. We look forward to seeing what you can achieve. 


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Amazing to see all the work people are doing!

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