Selling In The City Season 1

Selling In The City S1 Episode 6: Marrickville


Jess and Ben moved to Marrickville in 2017, purchasing a 220 sq. m property for $1.35M.  Since then their family has expanded to include three-year-old Hunter and pug, Boof.   

The charm of Marrickville is its humble, almost daggy vibe.  Its exact identity is hard to define – there is a mix of gentrified properties sitting alongside completely original terraces. 

And then there is the culture – craft breweries, vibrant music and arts scene, and a plethora of eateries.  In fact, Marrickville was recently named one of the top ten coolest neighbourhoods in the world! 

But for Jess and Ben, they feel they want to swap their home for a larger property, one closer to the bush – say Sutherland Shire – where they could double the number of rooms they have and create more space for their growing son. 

Despite its humble surrounds, Marrickville’s property prices range from $1.6M upwards for a two-bedroom dwelling.  So, in order to maximise the property’s sale price, the couple turn to Rosie and Paddy for a winning transformation – one where the outdated kitchen and bathroom are reborn and the entire house is more reflective of the vibe that is Marrickville. 

First stop for Rosie and Paddy is to find out what exactly does define the character of Marrickville.  In a tour around the neighbourhood they experience an eclectic mix of Axe Throwing, nude life drawing, a warehouse brimming with creatives and even a pub endorsed by the only Prime Minister to scull a beer!  They discover there is something different behind every self-effacing door. 

With a limited budget, Rosie refines her renovation plans by focusing on the weakest points of the home – the kitchen and bathroom. 


Her first step with the bathroom is to reconfigure it from a three-piece nightmare to a four piece ‘spa’ that includes a separate bath and shower.  A bold colour scheme, one of terra/ochre embossed subway tiles and a soft-grey veined stone-look tile, is complemented by the ochre hue, above the datum and on architraves and door, of Wattyl Colorbond®Paperbark® (in Wattyl I.D. Advanced Ultra Low VOC). 

The kitchen receives an ultra-modern makeover that manages to retain the eclectic character that so defines Marrickville.  Benchtops and splashback are in a boldly veined stone while cabinetry is in Crown Cut Oak.  The choice of Wattyl Sand, with its raw linen hues, picks up on the striations of the stone, while the neutral white of Wattyl Calcium on the ceiling increases the perception of height within the room. 

The rest of the home receives a refreshing, cosmetic upgrade with the same raw linen hue of Wattyl Sand on all walls and a clever repositioning of furniture to maximise the scale of the room. 

All other interior walls are finished in the neutral white of Wattyl Calcium, while ceilings are finished in the same colour in Wattyl I.D. Advanced Ceiling Flat paint. 

With the majority of the renovation budget being spent on the interior, Paddy relies on his ingenuity to stage a facelift that relies almost entirely on a clever use of space and the repurposing of existing materials. 

First he de-clutters the backyard and then introduces a little symmetry and intimacy to the area by cutting a circular shape into the existing stonework around a new dining table. 

He also breathes new life into the existing deck by introducing a sleek outside heater and some strategic re-planting to entice the owners out of the kitchen and into the fresh air. 

Paddy chose three Wattyl Solagard Low Sheen paints in his makeover – Ground Mist for the deck, Sand for the fence and Dewkist for the façade. 

If you love the idea of bringing colour into your home interior, book in a colour consultation and get started on your next paint project with Wattyl.


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