The house is starting to come together really well – albeit slowly! The majority of our efforts have been concentrated on the downstairs area as we save up money to have upstairs carpeted. Oh the joys of renovating! What I’ve learnt through this process is that things take a lot longer to do up than you expect, it often costs more than you think and to celebrate the small steps of progress along the way. It can be disheartening to look around and feel like the house will never look like all those picture perfect Scandinavian homes that I covet on Pinterest. But weekend by weekend, our home is taking shape and with every pair of curtains, wall decoration and picture frame; our vision of an industrial, Britain meets South Africa fusion home is coming to life. The entrance hall is my reminder of this vision and a place of joy when I feel disheartened about the kitchen looking a mess or having underlay as carpeting upstairs.
The hallway before.
We stripped the stairs of their horrible dark pink, dirty carpets and sanded them down and painted them grey. We also laid laminate flooring to replace the pink carpet and painted the staircase white. As I mentioned in a previous post, the house was not in the best of shape when we bought it. Everything was dark, dirty and dated. Matt and I really wanted to bring light and life back into the house with clean modern lines, warm wooden finishes, lots of glass to encourage the sunlight to bounce around and a light colour palette with lots of grey touches.
Our dining room is the first room to be complete – hurray! On the day that we viewed this house, we couldn’t even get into the dining room as it was so full of clutter. Until everything was taken out and we repainted and laid laminate down, I had no idea how big the room really was.
The dining room before.
I absolutely adore the room now as it feels so light, modern and fresh. It’s an eclectic mix of primary colours, silver finishes and some South African touches.
And the next steps?
- Carpeting upstairs- yay!
- Built in wardrobes – double yay!
- Replacing the horrible pink and chocolate brown bathroom – oh my gosh!!! I am literally counting down the days until this next stage.