When I bought my Victorian apartment in October 2015 I knew it needed work but I wasn’t quite anticipating how much work I would need to put in to get my home how I want it. Before I start sharing any pictures of what my flat looks like now, ten months on, I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what it looked like before I started changing everything in sight.
The living room didn’t present too many issues. It’s a good size and the carpet wasn’t in a terrible state. Basically, it’s the only room where I’ve not had to spend a huge amount of money on.
There’s a lot to love about this room, the big bay window being one of them! But while it offers a lot of light, they are the original windows so they’re not very energy efficient plus their size has meant that it’s been difficult to find curtains that fit that don’t cost a fortune.
Love love love the original fireplace. I have since painted the surround white and then the back wall I am planning on painting dark blue. For some reason, the previous owner covered the original tiles in the hearth with horrendous brown matt tiles, I still can’t figure out why. Plans include removing the horrible gas fire and hopefully restoring the original tiles.
It’s difficult to tell but the walls are all beige/brown. And the radiator? Also light brown.
Ah the kitchen, what a nightmare you have been! For the record, the units themselves were fine. The original plan was to remove one tall cupboard so I could fit my large tall fridge into it, then possibly re-tile and paint the cupboards white. Once we removed said cupboard, this opened a can of worms that basically entailed ripping the entire thing out and starting over, but that’s a post for another day.
As you can see, it’s pretty grim. Brown, dark, brown, beige and brown. Yuck. And yes, that is wallpaper.
I don’t know what else to say other than brown. And yuck.
The orange door of wonder got taken down on day one. And yes, the lino is pulling away from the floor. YUCK.
As you can see I was so eager when I first got the keys, that pulling down the BEIGE wallpaper was more important than taking before shots.
For some reason, it was really important to me to get this room DONE before I actually moved in, hence the mad desire to rip the wallpaper off straight away. Very satisfying.
Once again, the radiator is painted brown. The previous owners either had a bucket load of the stuff or they have odd decor tastes. And yes, that is a blue carpet. So much colour horror in this house, I’m telling you!
We think the carpet was original and in it’s day was very expensive. Alas, it’s now in a dump somewhere because it’s condition wasn’t the best and it wasn’t to my taste either.
This is actually classed a single bedroom, but I knew when I had my first viewing that it was destined to be my new studio/office space! However, it is now destined to become a guest bedroom and my craft space.
For a few months I actually thought I’d be able to live with this room. Yes, the suite is hideous and dated but I was okay with that. However there’s no shower and I work full time, so my spare time is precious and as much as I love a bath, a shower is just so much more convenient. This is a room I should be able to reveal soon as it was completely renovated last month, I’m just working on the finishing touches now.
I hope you’ve liked this little tour of my home as it was when I first moved in. I’m looking forward to sharing in progress pics of the rooms I’m currently working on over the coming months!