Little fibro duckling transforms into a beautiful swan

Denise Burkitt's beautiful home.
Denise Burkitt's beautiful home. Kelli Jean Black Photography

A COMBINATION of bright colours and neutrals, modern and vintage, clean lines and warm textures, has given this gorgeously renovated home its style and story.

Owner Denise Burkitt, builder Tony Reeves, woodworker Brian Peterson and Thunderbird Demolitions have worked magic on what was a fibro house built in the 1960s.

With new windows, doors, lights, wiring, plumbing, doors and walls, it was akin to building a new home.

"All the fibro was taken out of the house and all the guttering was replaced," Ms Burkitt said.

"The roof was good and so were the frame, the floors and the stumps. Structurally it was sound."

The open-plan design captures the morning sun and soft breezes.

Kelli Jean Black Photography

The old laundry was removed and replaced with a large timber entertaining deck that opens on to landscaped gardens, fruit and nut trees, and vegetable patches.

What used to be the garage is now a studio or extra bedroom.

"It was a bit of a mess when I first saw it," Ms Burkitt said. "But I love it now."

Mr Peterson, from Tewantin, made a barn-style kitchen door.

"He does really lovely woodwork. You can't buy barn doors any more, and he did a beautiful job making that one for me," Ms Burkitt said

"I took that other front door to Brian also and we re-did it, because someone had cut a makeshift dog door in the bottom of it."

He also made a wall-mounted hat rail that runs the length of the wall from the timber entry door. Vintage brass taps act as novelty hangers for hats or coats.

Ms Burkitt's creativity can can be seen in the hand-printed cushions scattered throughout the house.

They echo the rainbow of inviting tones of the larger furniture pieces, wall-hung artwork and varied treasures.

The welcoming feel of the house starts at the entry.

A hall table built of uncut driftwood displays hand-painted eggs.

Kelli Jean Black Photography

Paper-mache bricks made of old newspapers are funky fillers for a retro timber sideboard in the corner of the living room.

A huge chalkboard runs the length of the dining area. Filled with a list of mouth-watering meals and drinks, it lends a cafe style to the room.

"I picked that up from a second-hand store in Pomona," Ms Burkitt said.

"They started to clean the menu off but I told them not to."

She also cut up an old tinder box and painted it in array of fresh, rainbow hues to use it as a novel bench beside the dining table.

Three of her cushions are propped up against the wall here, contrasting the timber-framed chairs with leather upholstery and studding.

Mr Peterson restored the dining table and a solid outdoor table.

"The dining table used to be my Dad's old workbench, which Brian turned into the dining table," Ms Burkitt said.

Kelli Jean Black Photography

A striking inclusion in the master bedroom is a multi-coloured painting that stretches across the top of the bed.

"It was actually just the base canvas I had been using underneath my printing, like a dropsheet," Ms Burkitt said.

"All the leftover paint spillage and print outlines just carried on to it and I thought it looked nice so I stretched it on to a frame and put it in here to match the cushions I'd done for the bed."

Warm peaches, magentas and gold hues tie the artwork in with Ms Burkitt's hand-printed manchester.

An Underwood typewriter on display in the guest bedroom was a gift, adding a touch of whimsy to the fresh, contemporary beauty of crisp duck-egg blue linen.


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