Friday, October 31, 2014

Renovations...The almost AFTER photos

We're almost at the end of 'Stage 1' of the renovations and the house is looking a lot different to it did in those BEFORE photos. Which I posted at the end of September, along with a list of things we still had to complete:

Still to complete over the next few weeks:
- replaced the rest of the internal doors and paint them
- fill (nail holes) and paint all the skirting and architraves
- install roller blinds  (half complete)
- install kitchen kickboards
- paint the kitchen cupboards
- tile the kitchen splash back

Still to complete over the next year:
- the entire front room (still gutted)
- the downstairs bathroom (still gutted)
- renovating the existing bathroom
- sanding all the timber casement windows back to bare timber
- building a new deck
- painting the house/roof (external)
- all landscaping

We haven't knocked much of the list since then, but we've finally completed all the painting which is nice. Still a bit of work to go in the kitchen and a few other random jobs around the place. I have a friend moving in with us this weekend and we'll be rearranging a lot of furniture, so the house will already look quite different to these pics...which were taken back on the 1st of October anyway when we hadn't painted skirtings or put in all the doors. You get the idea though.

Bed 2/Wardrobe

Bed 2/Wardrobe from the other side

Bed 3 - The bed is off the wall because I was about to paint the skirtings. It will soon be in Bed 2 and this will be the wardrobe anyway lol

Bed 3 again. Notice the sanded back window sills?

Main bedroom/Our bedroom. No decoration as yet, but it has a bed!

Main Bed again. Ditto decoration, the current art is there as storage rather than deliberate lol

Hallway - showcasing the unpainted Bed 3 door

Bathroom - this hasn't really changed since we moved in...except it's cleaner and has a newer shower curtain

Front room/study/current storage room. This is the room that still needs everything done to it. It's on The List.

Living room with our chandelier (my favourite piece in the house right now...really though almost the only piece haha)

Dining Room - this will change soon, swapping this second hand table with a cousin for another second hand table

Living room. Needs some life but the wall photos and mirror I mentioned in Wednesday's post will help. There's a rug coming (see next Monday's post) and I want to vamp up the second hand tv unit. Plus some wall art which is on the longer list...and better cushions. Everything is hand-me-downs at the moment.

Another Living/Dining shot showing off our floor lamp (my second favourite piece)

Another Dining room shot (with the big fridge visible)

And yet another dining/living area photo. Can you tell I just wiped down the table? haha

Kitchen - a repeat photo from my kitchen post

Ditto.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Decorating...Travel Photo Wall Gallery

This is just a quick post while I get a few others sorted. Friday's post should be photos of the whole house as it was a few weeks ago before I started painting all the skirtings, architraves and doors.

While renovating the house has been fun (sometimes) I'm really itching to get into decorating the house properly. All the furniture we have is second hand or old (our bedroom setting as been mine for almost 10 years) for the most part, we'll make do for the time being and slowly upgrade but I'm really keen to starting putting a personalised mark on the house...beyond choosing the paint colour.

I'm really excited to be able to put up photo frames and want a travel photo wall gallery. SJ and I have so many good photos that need to be freed from the computer.

My Inspiration
I found my inspiration from an image I found either through flicking through Google Images or on Pinterest, either way the original image is from a Martha Stewart article (here). Arranging photos in two lines with a gap basically, as far as arrangements go, it's the one that really resonates with me. I like the clean lines and the offset symmetry of it all. I also liked that there's no real centre to the display and it can be as long as required, perfect for a hallway. Though I do like some of the eclectic wall galleries that are all on trend right now, I'm not really one for starburst mirrors, vintage mirrors and painted letters.

Hallway

Living Room/Kitchen wall
I plan to turn the wall between the kitchen and living room and the wall between the hallway and the second bedroom into galleries. The other living room wall will have a large mirror on it.


The hallway/Bed 2 photo plan

The kitchen/living room wall photo plan
And because I'm a bit OCD, I have already planned out all the photos and sizes I want for the walls. I intend to use black Ikea Ribba frames. All that's left now is  to go and buy the frames and print all the photos. I'll be at a stage where I can do that hopefully after this weekend!

My original sketch plans for the space
Does anyone else do this? I make a lot of sketches for SJ, he needs to see my vision to understand it. A few things have changes since I originally sketched up the living room space but the photos and mirror have stayed the same.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Renovations...The kitchen (part 2)


Attaching our cupboard doors was a bit of a drama. When my cousin delivered the kitchen to our house, I was busy painting the bifold door and window. I didn't help unload it but her husband presented me with a bag of screws for the doors reminding me that they were very important and I should put them somewhere safe. I swear I did but for the life of me, I couldn't/can't find them. I fear they were put with other old screws/nails/etc. and thrown out by a helper. We searched for new screws to purchase, but most are sold with hinges (worth $10-20 each) but in the end bought a $3 pack of screws the right gauge but wrong length which SJ cut down at work. Worked a treat in the end! Now we have cupboard doors the kitchen looks a lot more finished.

We also bought two cheap white melamine pantries for either side of the fridge. The fridge is about 700mm deep and sticks out quite noticeably, but we didn't have much choice. The doorway between the dining and kitchen only gives 500mm of wall space (the one we widened on the other side, shortening the door was too much effort with matching the plaster) so we could only have 500mm deep pantries (rather than the usual 600mm deep bench/cupboards). We were going to use a pigeon pair hand-me-down from my sister, but the freezer is broken and would cost $700 to fix (or $1200 to replace) so we decided to stick with our old fridge.

The pantries should look better when I paint the kitchen cupboards, we're planning on a warm grey. A lot of people like the green, but as you know I'm a Red girl so I'm not a huge fan. I'll also be tiling the kitchen splash back with white subway tiles (I say 'I will' but Dad wants to at least do the first course so he's sure I've got them level ha). We're also making a small cabinet to fit i the 150mm gap between the oven tower and drawers, current plan is for pull out spice racks. Haven't put any kickboards on yet either, but the kitchen is functional, all the appliances are connected and everything else is on The List.
From the door (ignore the side of the bench, I still haven't glued on the strip there)

From the living room corner, the beige cabinet is a Bunnings Kaboodle one to fill the space

From the hallway door, we'll be replacing that external door. 

The fridge/pantries it does stick out a fair bit. And we positioned that low powerpoint badly

Another one with the ugly door.

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