Our Villa Renovations

In July this year (2016) we bought a run down and unloved 1890's villa in Marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand. Despite my husband's misgivings about the work involved we decided to give this old house a new lease on life starting with the exterior. This is our journey.....trying to make a silk purse from a pig's ear on a very low budget. Helps having a builder husband though:)
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The side verandah/deck of our 1890's villa in marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand.

The side verandah/deck of our 1890's villa in marton, Rangitikei, New Zealand.

Upcycled headboard fro our scullery.

Upcycled headboard fro our scullery.

Renovated fire place in our 1890's villa, Marton, New Zealand. Stones for the heart collected from the local river then sealed. Native timber hearth surround and mantel, Slate tile surround. Walls painted in Resene 1/2 Truffle, trim in Resene  1/4 Black-White.

Renovated fire place in our 1890's villa, Marton, New Zealand. Stones for the heart collected from the local river then sealed. Native timber hearth surround and mantel, Slate tile surround. Walls painted in Resene 1/2 Truffle, trim in Resene 1/4 Black-White.

Resene Half truffle with Resene hald Black-White trim.

Resene Half truffle with Resene hald Black-White trim.

Definite improvement......the grubby mocha/tan walls have been freshened with Resene Half Truffle, timber ceilings and trim in Resene Half Black-White. Lightens it right up and makes it look bigger.

the grubby mocha/tan walls have been freshened with Resene Half Truffle, timber ceilings and trim in Resene Half Black-White. Lightens it right up and makes it look bigger.

Shabby Chic kitchen in our 120 year old villa. Walls and cupboard doors painted in Resene Half Truffle, trim and table in Resene half Black-White.

Shabby Chic kitchen in our 120 year old villa. Walls and cupboard doors painted in Resene Half Truffle, trim and table in Resene half Black-White.

Walls painted in Resene Half Truffle, shelf and trim in Resene Half Black-White.

Walls painted in Resene Half Truffle, shelf and trim in Resene Half Black-White.

The kitchen of our 1890's villa after it's shoestring budget shabby chic make over.

The kitchen of our 1890's villa after it's shoestring budget shabby chic make over.

My husband made this hanging pot rack from an old cot end.

My husband made this hanging pot rack from an old cot end.

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