Mum transforms RENTAL property into stunning space saying landlord lets her do ‘whatever she wants’ 

A mother with an eye for design has transformed her basic rental property – saying she is lucky enough to have a landlord who lets her do ‘whatever she wants’ with the Sydney-based home.

Mum-of-one Tricia Montgomery, 44, said when she moved in to the home five years ago, the property was ‘in desperate need’ of some tender love and care.

When she realised she would be living there for the long haul, Tricia spoke to her landlord.

‘I asked if we could paint and change a few things and the landlord said he was more than happy to let us loose to do what we wanted,’ Tricia told FEMAIL. 

Several years later, the home is a stunning monochrome space – complete with new carpets, paint and modern interiors.

A mother has transformed her basic rental property - saying she is lucky enough to have a landlord who lets her do 'whatever she wants' with the Sydney-based home (pictured after)

A mother has transformed her basic rental property - saying she is lucky enough to have a landlord who lets her do 'whatever she wants' with the Sydney-based home (pictured after)

A mother has transformed her basic rental property – saying she is lucky enough to have a landlord who lets her do ‘whatever she wants’ with the Sydney-based home (pictured after)

Mum-of-one Tricia Montgomery, 44, said when she moved in to the home five years ago, the property was 'in desperate need' of some tender love and care (pictured before)

Mum-of-one Tricia Montgomery, 44, said when she moved in to the home five years ago, the property was 'in desperate need' of some tender love and care (pictured before)

Mum-of-one Tricia Montgomery, 44, said when she moved in to the home five years ago, the property was ‘in desperate need’ of some tender love and care (pictured before)

When she realised she would be living there for the long haul, Tricia spoke to her landlord and asked if she could paint and change a few things (pictured before)
When she realised she would be living there for the long haul, Tricia spoke to her landlord and asked if she could paint and change a few things (pictured after)
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When she realised she would be living there for the long haul, Tricia spoke to her landlord and asked if she could paint and change a few things (pictured before and after)

So how did Tricia transform the property? 

First of all, she explained she spoke to her landlord.

‘He has helped to cover some costs, like the new carpet and things, but we have paid the rest as it’s our home for now so we might as well make it a happy place,’ she said.

The 44-year-old said all the work has been carried out ‘on a budget’, and within that $6,000 budget, they have laid vinyl flooring, replaced all of the blinds and light fittings, and added a new kitchen bench and sink stove.

There have also been numerous decorative changes that have been made. 

Several years later, the home is a stunning monochrome space - complete with new carpets, paint and modern interiors (bathroom pictured after)

Several years later, the home is a stunning monochrome space - complete with new carpets, paint and modern interiors (bathroom pictured after)

Several years later, the home is a stunning monochrome space – complete with new carpets, paint and modern interiors (bathroom pictured after)

Tricia said before she started, she spoke to her landlord and asked how much he would cover and how much he would allow her to change it (bedroom pictured after)

Tricia said before she started, she spoke to her landlord and asked how much he would cover and how much he would allow her to change it (bedroom pictured after)

Tricia said before she started, she spoke to her landlord and asked how much he would cover and how much he would allow her to change it (bedroom pictured after)

The 44-year-old said all the work has been carried out 'on a budget' (pictured before)

The 44-year-old said all the work has been carried out 'on a budget' (pictured before)

Within that $6,000 budget, they laid vinyl flooring, replaced all of the blinds and light fittings and added new elements (pictured after)

Within that $6,000 budget, they laid vinyl flooring, replaced all of the blinds and light fittings and added new elements (pictured after)

The 44-year-old said all the work has been carried out ‘on a budget’, and within that $6,000 budget, they have laid vinyl flooring, replaced all of the blinds and light fittings, and added a new kitchen bench and sink stove (pictured before and after)

Tricia (pictured) said she knew the rental was going to be long-term so she wanted to do it

Tricia (pictured) said she knew the rental was going to be long-term so she wanted to do it

Tricia (pictured) said she knew the rental was going to be long-term so she wanted to do it

‘Before, there used to be a green sink, a green faded bench and green trim yellow walls,’ Tricia said.

‘This is a LONG term rental so I thought if I have to live in it it might as well be semi nice!’

Today, the Montgomery home is a modern property filled with industrial-style fittings and stylish-looking extras.

While everything looks expensive, Tricia said she got many of the home items from the likes of Kmart, Target and TK Maxx.

She also did not stray over her $6,000 budget, proving you don’t need tens of thousands to transform a home. 

Today, the Montgomery home is a modern property filled with industrial-style fittings and stylish-looking extras (pictured)

Today, the Montgomery home is a modern property filled with industrial-style fittings and stylish-looking extras (pictured)

Today, the Montgomery home is a modern property filled with industrial-style fittings and stylish-looking extras (pictured)

'This is a LONG term rental so I thought if I have to live in it it might as well be semi nice!' Tricia said (bathroom pictured after)

'This is a LONG term rental so I thought if I have to live in it it might as well be semi nice!' Tricia said (bathroom pictured after)

‘This is a LONG term rental so I thought if I have to live in it it might as well be semi nice!’ Tricia said (bathroom pictured after)

Speaking about her tips for renters, Tricia said the first thing you need to do is get your landlord on board.

‘Ease your landlord into the makeover by making little subtle changes at first,’ she said.

‘Then, as he sees the improvements, hit him with your next lot of ideas and projects. Ours is the bathroom.’

The 44-year-old said you don’t always have to spend lots of money to make things look good, too.  

Stores such as Kmart stock plenty of on-trend cheap items.

Speaking about her tips for renters, Tricia said the first thing you need to do is get your landlord on board (main area pictured after)

Speaking about her tips for renters, Tricia said the first thing you need to do is get your landlord on board (main area pictured after)

Speaking about her tips for renters, Tricia said the first thing you need to do is get your landlord on board (main area pictured after)

When Tricia shared her home online, others were quick to say it looks 'divine' and she should be an interior designer (bedroom pictured after)

When Tricia shared her home online, others were quick to say it looks 'divine' and she should be an interior designer (bedroom pictured after)

When Tricia shared her home online, others were quick to say it looks ‘divine’ and she should be an interior designer (bedroom pictured after)

When Tricia shared her home online, others were quick to say it looks ‘divine’.

‘Wow, you’re so clever well done. You should look at styling homes for a job, you’ve done a great job!’ one person posted.

‘You’re so fortunate to have such a great relationship with your landlord. If it were mine I’d be more than happy to let you loose on it, you’ve done a great job,’ another added.

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