'Retro at the Bay' - Jervis Bay NSW Australia

This 1960s fibro house had terrible floor plan and needed a major renovation. After much hard work it's now up on Stayz for holiday rental. The only door that is still in the same place is the revamped front door. The house was almost entirely furnished and decorated with retro finds from op shops, garage sales, local tips, curb side finds and purchases from ebay and gumtree. We only added a front deck and a small laundry but that was enough to completely transform the house.
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My cousin getting right into the retro experience - yes the magazines are from the 60s and 70s too. The wallpaper was bought online from Spoonflower in the US. I'd readily recommend them - quick and efficient service PLUS all the wallpaper drops come pre-cut.

My cousin getting right into the retro experience - yes the magazines are from the and too. The wallpaper was bought online from Spoonflower in the US. I'd readily recommend them - quick and efficient service PLUS all the wallpaper drops come pre-cut.

The kitchen before .... Note that there is only one tap in the kitchen. There was no hot water for over 50 years!!!

Note that there is only one tap in the kitchen. There was no hot water for over 50 years!

These beds were a curbside find in the quiet little village of Erowal Bay where the house is located.

These beds were a curbside find in the quiet little village of Erowal Bay where the house is located.

The bathroom was large but only had a bath and a tiny vanity. We added  double vanity and a separate shower - complete with funky curtain. The walls were painted to match. TIP: Undercoat with grey when painting with orange or it just won't cover properly.

The bathroom was large but only had a bath and a tiny vanity. We added double vanity and a separate shower - complete with funky curtain. TIP: Undercoat with grey when painting with orange or it just won't cover properly.

This is the school room corner of the kids/TV room. The 1950s TV has had all the tubes removed and has a flat screen TV/DVD player inside it - ready to play DVDs of all the old shows like "I love Lucy".

This is the school room corner of the kids/TV room. The TV has had all the tubes removed and has a flat screen TV/DVD player inside it - ready to play DVDs of all the old shows like "I love Lucy".

I was looking for something to make shadow boxes out of at the op shop when I found ... shadow boxes! I put some off cuts of the wall paper behind to link to the other wall.

I was looking for something to make shadow boxes out of at the op shop when I found . I put some off cuts of the wall paper behind to link to the other wall.

The old record player was bought from the local tip.  Another of my 'finds' that my husband had to do a bit of work on to get it going.

The old record player was bought from the local tip.

Kangaroos relaxing literally at your doorstep.

Kangaroos relaxing literally at your doorstep.

People often wonder how I find such good stuff at garage sales or the tip. The reality is that I mostly don't find anything! You have to go to LOTS of garage sales and call in at the tip and op shops all the time. You also have to look for potential. This was a payoff day for all my early morning trips where I didn't find anything useful. I got all these goodies in one morning's garage sales and it cost me less than $35.

People often wonder how I find such good stuff at garage sales or the tip. The reality is that I mostly don't find anything! You have to go to LOTS of garage sales and call in at the tip and op shops all the time. You also have to look for potential. This was a payoff day for all my early morning trips where I didn't find anything useful. I got all these goodies in one morning's garage sales and it cost me less than $35.

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