Updating 1970 s cabin

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28 Inviting Colors to Paint a Front Door You don't have to go for the expensive tile backsplash, try something simple and inexpensive like tin ceiling tiles, or wooden beadboard, wallpaper, stainless steel, chalkboard or magnetic paint.7 Budget Backsplash Projects Headboards can be made out of anything – find something you're passionate about and turn it into a headboard.Use old skis or skateboards; or make a collage by decoupaging magazines or attatch family photos to an old headboard.Also, think about using salvaged materials such as fencing, old doors or window shutters.It was the stunning view and the beach-suburb location which gave them their decor direction: a light, bright, character-filled Hamptons-style beach house with a contemporary twist. Painting the entire inside of a 175-square-metre house was no small feat, so the Teagles decided to get stuck in straight away, before moving in a single piece of furniture. First they had to apply a sealer to the walls, then fill and sand the knot holes before applying an undercoat.The coat of sealer was an integral part of the job as it stopped the varnish from bleeding through the white paint – but the smell was overpowering.

But Sammi and Ben were too taken with the scene-stealing coastal view which stretched from the northern end of Orewa Beach all the way to the Mahurangi Peninsula to pay too much attention to the interior details.

Before: Cold Cottage Bedroom Dark wood panelling needed a fresh look.

The modest 900-square-foot cottage seemed even smaller with unstained ceilings and walls.

Ben Teagle, 34 (real estate agent), and Sammi Teagle, 27 (producer).

The original two-bedroom Lockwood was built in the 1970s, with extensions added in the mid 1990s.

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