A month and a half ago I shared the before photos of our new house. These aren't quite the 'after' photos, but they definitely show we are getting there! The first month was taken up with fixing the things you can't see, but are pretty important (I have learnt!) in keeping an old house in good condition - new wiring throughout the house, a ahem small rodent issue we dealt with, insulating all the pipes to keep us toasty and warm, replacing lead pipework with lead-free, making sure our damp proof course actually is damp proof... the list goes on, and probably will do for many years to come!
This got us to the point in the photos above, where the walls were mostly smooth and plastered, and ready for painting! This is where James' family came up trumps, as the extended family consists of a carpenter, kitchen fitter, bathroom fitter and several painters and decorators (As James puts it - he's the only non-useful person in the family! Which is obviously not true - he's the dogsbody!) so we had an army of helpers to sort us out. I really don't know what we would have done without them, probably I would be sobbing my eyes out right now in a half painted living room!
And so now it looks like this:
I am so so happy with the colours. The white makes the whole room so much brighter, and the green wall makes me so happy! We ummed and ahhed over colours for a while, with James favouring card room green by Farrow and Ball and me loving Homebase Sanctuary Olive Grove. I won the battle, and I think it was a good choice, it looks so rich and warm. The green end of the room is going to be our study area, so I like that the colour helps divide the room and create a little space within it.
We continued with white up the stairs and into the bedroom, with one very dramatic wall in the bedroom! It looks quite black in these pictures but it's actually a very dark blue, Hague Blue by Farrow and Ball to be precise. Last time I photographed the bedroom the fireplace looked a bit of a mess and I think everyone thought I was a bit mad to have exposed it from behind the false wall that used to be there, but the builder plastered it up perfectly, and it looks so nice.
Our house has gone from looking like a building site to just looking like a house without any floors or skirting board now, and I am just itching for them to be finished so I can move in!