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House tour of our first home part 2 – the first floor

First home finished master bedroom

Last week I showed you around the ground floor of our finished first home. I really need to get a shift on so that I can show you our new home! So this week, I thought I would move onto a house tour of our first home part 2 – the first floor.

As I mentioned in my previous post, our first home was really small and there were only 3 rooms upstairs. I separated the house tour into 2 posts just because I didn’t want to create 1 huge post and I wanted to include before photos too.

We did such a lot of work to each room in the house, so it’s nice to see how awful each room looked before and hopefully how much better it looked in the end!

Master bedroom before

Our first home. Master bedroom before

Master bedroom after

First home finished master bedroom

You can read about the bedroom progress we made from when we first bought the house in my master bedroom progress post.

There are several changes we’ve made since that post, like buying much nicer curtains, getting rid of the glass shelves and changing some of the pictures on the walls.

First home finished master bedroom 2

Whilst the master bedroom wasn’t the biggest of rooms, we did manage to fit a good amount of storage in. I still couldn’t wait for a little more space though!

Bathroom before

Our first home. Bathroom before

Bathroom after

First home finished bathroom

Using the bathroom when we first got the keys to our first home was not a pleasant experience. We completely replaced everything in there and moved the layout around before we moved in, which you can read about in my bathroom progress post.

After firstly putting in some super cheap laminate flooring, we more recently replaced it with some much nicer porcelain tiles. They made such a big difference to the look of the room.

First home finished bathroom

After searching around for a long time for a great value new bathroom cabinet, we found this bargain mirrored cabinet from IKEA.

First home bathroom after

Because the bathroom was really small, it was hard to fit in enough storage. We built the bath panel ourselves and built storage spaces into it to make use of what is usually wasted space.

Shelf built into bath panel

A really small shelf in the long panel meant I could put miniature toiletries, which created a nice display as well as being handy storage. The small bath panel was able to have a much deeper shelf that could hold lots more products.

Spare room before

Our first home. Spare bedroom before

Spare room after

First home finished spare room

With the amount of work we had to do throughout the house, the spare room wasn’t high on our list of priorities for quite some time. When we finally had some time and enough energy to spend on making it a much nicer room, we got started on the full spare room makeover.

We recently made more changes too. The spare room was really small, so we had to make best use of the space available. Designing it as a multi-functional space was important, especially as the rest of the house was really small too.

Mirrored dressing table

My make-up space was one of my favourite areas of the whole house. As we didn’t have space for a dressing table in our master bedroom, it fitted into the spare room nicely.

Spare room desk space

Knowing that we would be moving house in the not so distant future, we got a super cheap console table that would fit easily in the small space. It just about managed as a makeshift desk for the computer.

Tall and narrow storage units made the most of a small amount of floor space for plenty of storage.


It feels quite surreal looking back at these photos and reminiscing over all of the work we did to our first home. We couldn’t wait to move into a bigger home. It’s a been a weird mix of feeling very sad to have waved goodbye to all of the work we did mixed in with excitement to have moved onto a new chapter.

We’ve already made a start on improving our new house but there is plenty more to do. I can’t wait to share it all with you.

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  • Reply
    4th December 2017 at 14:06

    this is so beautiful

    The Glossychic

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    4th December 2017 at 14:10

    Your house looks awesome so far!

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      9th December 2017 at 18:36

      Thanks so much! We were really pleased with how it turned out x

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    4th December 2017 at 19:13

    the bath tub is so cute

    Wonder Cottage

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    Bernadette Rihana
    4th December 2017 at 23:31

    The house looks gorgeous! I love the look of that makeup station. x


    • Reply
      9th December 2017 at 18:38

      Thank you! I loved doing my make-up there every morning x

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    6th December 2017 at 09:41

    How exciting, what a beautiful update!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x

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    7th December 2017 at 02:56

    Congratulations on your new home, it looks lovely. I guess it is no joke moving home. You have such a great taste in design and interior.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

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      21st December 2017 at 13:52

      That’s lovely of you to say – thank you! x

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    8th December 2017 at 16:50

    I can’t imagine the amount of work that renovation took! Love the little detail of the recess in your bathroom wall for toiletries etc. Well done!

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      9th December 2017 at 18:41

      It took us such a long time! Thank you 🙂 x

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    Abbey Louisa Rose (@abbeylouisarose)
    13th December 2017 at 21:51

    You’ve worked your magic yet again here, Jenny! The master bedroom is so inviting now, very light and bright with an extremely cosy-looking bed! The bathroom is unrecognisable, it doesn’t even look like the same room!! The IKEA mirrored cabinet was a wise buy, it looks wonderful! I’m sure you’re so proud of how everything is looking!

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

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      21st December 2017 at 14:02

      Oh Abbey you’re so lovely! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 Yes we were so happy with how it all turned out x

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