Kitchen and Lounge: Before and After

In a few weeks time, it will be two years since we bought our first home. Two years on and it’s looking a bit different (better I hope!).

So I thought I’d share a few before and afters, starting with the kitchen and living areas.

Kitchen – Before:

IMG_4291Our house is 30 years old, but the kitchen was only two years old when we bought the house. It’s not to my taste, but it’s functional, and so it remains until we’ve run out of more important things to deal with. We have made some minor improvements though.

Kitchen – After:


We took out the ugly skylight and put pendant lights in, removed the lacy curtains, the walls have had a lick of paint and I painted some Ikea stools to brighten it up a bit. Oh, and there’s the baby gates!

I can’t wait to rip it all out and start again at some point. I don’t like the cupboards, the stove, the bench tops, the tiles or the sink. So that’s pretty much the whole thing.

One day!

and then there’s the lounge..




Like most of the rooms in our house, we got in there and ripped everything out, plugged up any holes, and painted it a nice neutral white. I’m a big fan of colour, but that red wall and yellow curtain combination just wasn’t going to work for me. Especially since those curtains were stapled to the walls!?!?!?!


and another angle of the lounge room…

Before: We’d already ripped those lovely yellow curtains out by this point, and the lounge was tool central while we worked on the bedrooms




There was a rather useless dividing wall between the front door and our lounge room that we decided had to go.




Here I am, after work one evening, smashing that wall down!


no wall

The wall is gone, but we still haven’t done anything about replacing the flooring, so we have this lovely section of exposed concrete instead. This room’s also in desperate need of curtains, they’ve been on my to do list for so long, but I just can’t decide what I want.

So there’s been progress, it definitely looks better, but we’ve got a long way to go as well!

Abby xx

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