WEEK 1 & 2 - HOUSE RENOVATION

13.12.15

It's a very exciting time at the moment and we're at the end of the second week of house renovating on our first home and everything is well under way!

I thought I'd share with you the current situation with each room and the 'before' and 'work in progress' images, as well as some of the purchases I've made for each room!


(Be prepared that all the rooms are still a work in progress, but I'll share with you the picture of when we first got the keys compared with where we are 2 week into the work. So please have an open mind!)


BEDROOM 1
The house is a Victorian Terrace House build in 1890.
The master bedroom is a large room with a huge window and his and hers original built in wardrobes.
We knew before we put our offer in on the house that there was original pine flooring under the rather vile pink carpet, which was one of the reason we fell in love with the house because of it's hidden original features we couldn't wait to expose. 


The first job was remove the 'rather vile pink carpet' followed by removing all the staples and nails in the glorious pine floor underneath, and then finally hand sanding the whole floor.
A dusty, dirty job but when you see the finished product makes it all worth while.

Bellow shows the finished product after the work which we're going to wax and polish after the room is painted. To think someone covered this stunning original feature up with a hideous (and rather vile) pink carpet is beyond me, but I'm glad it was us that got to reveal and restore its true beauty.



LIVING ROOM
This was the room I fell most in love with when we viewed the house and was the room that already looked beautiful with the original pine flooring already exposed and the original pine door that are so full of character.


Most people would leave this room as it is, as it was a lovely room!
However, after some close inspection we realised the original brick fireplace was behind the plaster and decided to expose it to its original look.
Bellow is where we currently are with restoring the fireplace after some strenuous raking out and I love it so much already.
We just cant wait to see the finished product with the wood burner on, on a winters evening.


On the other wall on the opposite side of the room was plaster boards, we hoped that underneath them would be a stone wall and luckily for us, there was!
So again, another amazing feature we've decided to restore to its original glory as the main feature in our living room.




LIGHTING
White light fixtures and switches are always something I've found really basic and not at all attractive.
I've always loved brass flick switches however and has always wanted those in a house.
However the condition of the ones currently in our house are just awful and desperately needed replacing.


Tom knew he wanted USB Plug Sockets in the house for the ease of phone charging and technology.
However, they didn't do USB Sockets in brass, only polished chrome.
So, we compromised!
We decided to go for chrome fixtures with the vintage style flick switches and the modern USB Sockets just have that perfect 'meet in the middle' look!

Polished Chrome Sockets & Light Switch from ScrewFix.com

KITCHEN
The kitchen was something I wanted to replace from the start as what was there at the start was very basic and minimal and definitely wasn't a location I saw myself happily baking in.


I knew I definitely wanted to keep the stunning deep Belfast sink, so we decided to go for some traditional but simple kitchen units in a shade called Burford Grey with pewter cup handles and knobs with a rustic solid oak work top.
I also really wanted a wine rack feature in our units and luckily we had the perfect space to add one in!
I absolutely love the kitchen and can't wait to show you the complete finished product in a matter of weeks.

(The picture bellows shows the Belfast cupboard unit door fitting strangely, that was because Howdens supplied us with the wrong size door which has been now changed)

Kitchen Units from www.Howdens.com

So, that's Week 1 to Week 2 on how we're getting on renovating our first home!
I hope you've found this interesting and informative, and if there are any particular things you'd like me to blog about to do with renovations, buying a first home or interiors please leave a comment and let me know!

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