Cherie Barber has her Finger on the Pulse with the Vintage Design Trend

Channel 9’s Space Invaders is back for Season 2 and ‘Australia’s Renovation Queen’ Cherie Barber, is doing fantastic work renovating homes and transforming lives! Granite Transformations is proud to work with Cherie and this season started with a bang when Cherie brought to life a retro-themed home that Lisa and Jason had always dreamed of.
From imagination to reality

If you know Cherie, you know she LOVES all things vintage,

especially the 50’s era so this vintage renovation was a lot of fun for her.  In 2022, the vintage design trend is back in a big way and will only continue to pick up steam – think bold colours, mixed materials, rattan and velvet furniture and lots of curves!

the Home Owners' Dream Kitchen

Cherie’s choice of finishes for Lisa and Jason’s kitchen tie in perfectly with the 50’s style and with resale purposes in mind, she still managed to keep the kitchen looking fresh and current. 

Combining a strong, on trend door colour with warm timber and lighter coloured stone benchtops, the transformed kitchen was then styled with vibrant pops of colour found in the accessories and appliances.  Not only do these colourful additions enhance the desired 50’s retro vibe, they’re also easily removed if the owners think of selling in the future and want to tone down the space for potential buyers.  We think Cherie did an amazing job bringing this previously drab kitchen to life!

What do you think? 


Bringing the past into the present, we see a mix of materials and textures like timber, stone, metal and colourful plastics to create a bright and colourful mid-century modern atmosphere.  An eclectic mix of old styles and new forms, the pops of colour, retro accessories, soft curves and plant life all inject vibrancy and a sense of fun! 


The benchtop was resurfaced with our popular Ocean Pearl stone which contains an extremely high content of granite and quartz making it heat, scratch and stain resistant. What sets Ocean Pearl apart, is its real shell pieces giving subtle crystal like reflections. This colour is perfect for a neutral, clean, fresh and calming palette. Visit our showroom to see our stunning Hamptons Style Ocean Pearl kitchen and pick up a free sample.


The doors were replaced with 2 different colours from our very affordable Melamine Range:
1. Notaio Walnut in Woodmatt finish - a rich caramel toned walnut woodgrain pattern with grey-brown highlights throughout.
2. Habitat in Smooth finish – a solid mid tone teal-blue with minimal reflectance.

Other Spaces

In keeping with the 50’s Retro-theme, see how Cherie brought the Vintage Design Trend to life with the home’s other rooms on Space Invaders.. in just 3 days!  If you’d like some renovating help from a professional, we highly recommend Cherie Barber’s Renovating for Profit Course. It’s filled with practical tips, ‘do’s and don’ts’ and professional know-how.  Having renovated hundreds of homes globally, Cherie really knows her stuff!


Space Invaders

Catch the full episode at 9Now and discover how Renovating for Profit’s, Cherie Barber works her magic transforming Lisa and Jason’s cluttered space into a Delightful Retro-Themed Home.

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