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House tour of our first home part 1 – the ground floor

Living room after

Okay so I’ve been completely and utterly useless at posting recently. But it’s been for a good reason – we’ve moved house! I can’t wait to show you our new home, but first I wanted to do a house tour of the home we’ve left behind to begin a new chapter.Β  After trying to make this post into a full house tour, as the house was really very small, I realised it was still going to a mammoth post. Not wanting to bore you all crazy, I thought separating it out into 2 posts would be a better idea. So here is a house tour of our first home part 1.

We moved into our first home nearly 7 years ago and it’s undergone so many changes in that time. It was a real fixer upper of a house, needing a great deal of work before we could even move in. Take a peek at my first ever post to see all of the before photos and how bad it really was! I’ll share some of them below so you can get an idea of the how different each room looked.

Knowing that we wouldn’t be staying in this house forever, for various reasons, we wanted to make the house into a really comfortable and pleasant space to live but without spending a huge amount of money.

Here is what we achieved.


Living room before

Our first home. Living room before

Living room after

Living room after

Living room after

With the house being so small, we made the best of the space available in every room. Many of the tricks I’ve used I wrote about in the post how to make a small house feel bigger.

Because there’s no hallway, we turned the small section by the front door into a little storage space for coats and shoes. I wrote a post about finding shoe storage for a small space.

Living room after

Upcycling old items is a great way to save some serious money and the white storage unit was saved from the bin by white paint and wicker baskets.

I’ve been slowly trying to bring in a more modern look and the black glossy TV unit is one of my favourite purchases ever.

Read about our living room progress from the beginning on my living room makeover progress post.

Kitchen before

Our first home. Kitchen before

Kitchen after

Kitchen after

We fitted a whole new kitchen when we got the house and Dan tiled the walls and laid new flooring. This was probably the room we spent the most money on, as we had to buy all new appliances, as well as new cupboards, sink, worktops etc.

Not much has changed over the years since we did all of the initial work, apart from new bits and pieces we’ve added over time.

Kitchen after


Kitchen after


Back garden before

Our first home. Back garden before


Back garden after

Back garden

One thing I definitely miss about the old house is the back garden. We put a lot of work into improving it.

Not wanting our garden to just consist of 2 patio areas, we chose to lay turf and have a border of plants at the back as our first step in transforming the garden. This made such an impact to the look of the garden.

Next step was replacing the patio and building a brick wall, which I later painted white. We also painted the garage in magnolia masonry paint, which made such a big improvement to the seriously ugly grey pebbledash it was originally.

Back garden

We saved so much money by doing a lot of the work ourselves. Similarly to every room inside the house, we also completely revamped every part of the garden. I think the only thing that has remained the same is some of the fence panels.

Thankfully we have a good size garden at our new house, which I can’t wait to get stuck into improving, as it will need quite a lot of work. Here we go again!

Come and take a look around theΒ top floor of our old house.

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  • Reply
    Yara Mel
    23rd November 2017 at 20:57

    I love the basket drawers, the kitchen chocolate tiles and ohhh you guys did a great job with the patio !! Enjoyy πŸ™‚


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    Courtney Hardy
    24th November 2017 at 03:13

    Looks awesome!

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    24th November 2017 at 11:20

    Wow I love the kitchen and the floors make such a difference in any room!! And the back garden is so pretty, well done!! I can’t wait to see more!


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      4th December 2017 at 13:28

      Thanks so much! We were so happy spending time in the back garden x

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    26th November 2017 at 09:41

    Wow, what a difference you’ve made already! The house looks so much lighter and brighter! Your upcycling efforts have more than paid off! I am incredibly impressed at what a huge impact your work in the garden has had – it’s gone from a bit of a bare space to a really welcoming area, I bet you can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that you can utilise it properly!

    Abbey ? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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      4th December 2017 at 13:31

      Thank you Abbey! We loved spending time in the garden. We’ve moved to a new house now, so we’ve got lots of work to do on the new garden x

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    LIsa Autumn
    27th November 2017 at 15:02

    OMG your house looks gorgeous… GOOD JOB!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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    28th November 2017 at 10:25

    You really transformed your first home; it looks so fresh and clean now, especially the garden! It must feel strange leaving the space after 7 years – but exciting as you’re heading towards new adventures! Really looking forward to seeing your new home πŸ™‚


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      4th December 2017 at 13:42

      Thanks so much Gabrielle πŸ™‚ Yes it feels so weird! I can’t wait to share the photos soon x

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    28th November 2017 at 13:15

    Wow this transformation is incredible! I love your fireplace, I really want a new one. I also didn’t know you could get hanging scratch posts for kitties!

    Lauren xx – bylaurenjane

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      4th December 2017 at 13:54

      Thank you so much! Yes we thought the scratch post would be great for them but I don’t think they ever used it! x

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    29th November 2017 at 12:42

    Oh what a cute house! I love what you did with the garden! We tried everything to get grass to grown in our garden and had no luck – I don’t know what we will do when we sell it, something we will have to figure out if we ever find the perfect home to move into haha!

    Hope you are having a lovely week, and you got some bargains in the sales. I ended up grabbing a little something on Cyber Monday after resisting temptation all weekend, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      4th December 2017 at 14:01

      Thank you! Oh that’s such a shame about your grass – I wonder why it won’t grow?

      I was really on the lookout for some Black Friday bargains but I couldn’t find any! Glad you managed to find something x

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