As promised, here are the “before” pictures of our new home! Yesterday we bought supplies and slowly started work, scraping back the chipped and blistering paint on some of the skirting boards and door frames. We’ve got lots of stripping, sanding, smoothing and filling to do on these old walls before we begin painting. We’re going to be painting the same colour all the way throughout and have chosen Taubmans’ “Ocean Pearl”. It’s a lovely, warm, soft white. But for now, here’s a little tour of our new home, before the transformation…
This picture was taken from the front door. You enter the house into a nice wide hallway. The previous owner has already ripped up the carpet here, revealing the lovely old floorboards underneath, but the wood has not been sanded back or treated, so is in desperate need of some TLC. We can’t wait to make them shine again! I’m also thinking about creating either a gallery wall or a display of pretty vintage plates here.
This is our living room. It is absolutely flooded with natural light which makes my heart really happy. It looks like the last owner might have already started work on painting in here but has only done one thin coat. I’m not yet sure exactly what kind of furnishings to put on those wonderful big windows, but anything has to be better than the current blue vertical blinds! We also really need to replace those hospital-like fluorescent lights.
This is the living room from the other end. We’ll put our dining table and chairs just in front of that window to the kitchen. I’m so exited about pulling up the awful stained carpet and wrinkled brown lino! I think the room will look bigger once we’ve got the same flooring all the way through too.
Isn’t this moulded ceiling lovely?! Unfortunately some silly person in years gone by thought it was a good idea to paint around it with terrible textured paint, and now we have no idea how we’ll ever get rid of it. We might just have to live with a lumpy ceiling for a while…
This is our apricot kitchen. (Whoever previously decorated this house was obviously a big fan of apricot!) The kitchen cabinets are in pretty good condition and we can’t afford to replace them right now, so we are just planning to paint them and change the handles. That should freshen things up a bit.
This shot was taken looking out to the living room from the kitchen.
This is the main hall, leading to the bathroom and bedrooms. The skirting boards and door frames along here are very chipped and the paint is bubbly. I forsee many, many hours spent scraping and sanding paint here…
And this is our bathroom. It is small and very, very, very beige. And a little bit apricot! The bathroom shares a wall with the laundry which is about the same size and home to a second shower. One day we’d like to pull down that wall and create a bigger bathroom but we don’t have the budget for a bathroom redo so, for the moment, the small and beige is here to stay.
Next up is the guest bedroom. It’s the darkest room in the house but still quite light! It will be even brighter once we’ve ripped out the old brownish coloured carpet, painted over the apricot walls and pulled down those hideous blue vertical blinds.
This is the main bedroom. (More apricot!) It has not one but two lovely windows. Light, light, light!
And finally, this is the third bedroom, which we will use as a studio/craft room/study. This room is small, but beautifully sun drenched and bright, all day long. The previous owner had obviously started work in here, patching up cracks and prepping to paint, but unfortunately hasn’t done a very good job. There is putty everywhere. No really, everywhere.
This picture was taken from the studio/craft room/study, looking back up the hall.
And that’s it! Our house. Tired and grubby, but so full of potential. As I’m sure you can see, we have lots of work to do…