The Renovation: Before and After

The great thing about having a lot of people over is the motivation it provides to tidy up. If it’s a few friends, I can usually let stuff slide — after all who doesn’t have piles of papers, books, a selection of Elsa costumes and the last three years’ worth of kid-crafts spread all around the kitchen? (Or is that really just me?)

But when it’s a whole bunch of people — children, parents, old friends, new friends — well, the hubs and I both felt we should at least try to tackle some of the clutter.

As we were going through the boxes still hiding in plain sight  nooks and crannies, we found some old pictures of the current house pre-renovation. One thing I’m really really bad about doing before we start doing demolition anywhere is taking pictures of the “before”. So finding these little snapshots of the way it used to look made the aching back and dust up my nose seem worthwhile right then and there. Kinda.

But those photos were real gems, dating back to when the house was in it’s mid-70s glory: heavy, heavy stucco on the walls (because why would you ever want wash them?), Liberace-inspired crystal and brass chandeliers, a kitchen that could only be described as culinary gothic, and BEAMS! Beams everywhere!

My personal favourite though was the photo of the ensuite bath. It had carpet. Avocado carpet. Avocado shag carpet. But not just on the floor, oh no! It was also on the walls and, possibly to give the effect that you were performing your ablutions in a fuzzy green cocoon, also on the ceiling. Trippy.

Now, I’m fully aware that all the things we’ve done recently to update the house will also date in time. Before we know it, grey will be passé, minimalist will be over; the hardwood will be covered, and the stainless replaced. But the marvellousness of these photo is not really so we can make fun of times past but to realize what a difference paint, flooring and finishing makes … even if you have to rip out all that shag carpet.

Foyer: Before
Foyer: Before
Foyer: After
Foyer: After
Original kitchen
Original kitchen
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Kitchen: After
Kitchen Nook: Before
Kitchen Nook: Before
Kitchen nook: After
Kitchen nook: After
Looking from Dining Room to Living Room: Before
Looking from Dining Room to Living Room: Before
DR to LR: After
DR to LR: After
Living room: Before
Living room: Before
LR: After
LR: After
Dining Room: Before
Dining Room: Before
Dining Room: After
Dining Room: After
Bathroom: before
Bathroom: before (see the carpet?!)
Bathroom: After (same angle)
Bathroom: After (same angle)
Bathroom: after
Bathroom: after (vanity closeup)

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9 comments

  1. Oh. My. Life. Now that IS a transformation!!! I think the sitting room is the biggest change for me, in your pics — although the bathroom!!!??? When was that *ever* a look? Absolutely priceless that you have these pics and well done for seeing past what was there — you have such a lovely home now. Thanks so much for linking up with us! #HomeEtc

  2. What a transformation! I too know grey will be passe in a heartbeat, but I love it!! You must have worked so hard to make such a transformation xx On another note, where’s that mess you mentioned???

  3. Wow! What a transformation! You’d house looks amazing, I’m jealous! Definitely need to declutter my house and have a good tidy up. I would love to be able to decorate it all.xx #mg

  4. I was staggered! This cannot be the right before & after photo’s!!!!!!!! YIKES! What a huge job and amazing job you did. How dark was it before? Amazing. Thanks for linking up, Jess xx

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  5. Oh you should have totally kept that carpet!! It is amazing how fashion and decor changes and some comes back in, lets hope not that! What a change, the foyer blew me away it went from so dark to so light, fresh and totally gorgeous! I loved this post as I am a bit nuts with interior design. Your home looks gorgeous #mg

  6. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your house! The balustrades are gorgeous. Such a quirky place originally, I think the layout is so unusual but it really works, you’ve done a great job and I’m amazed at how tidy it is! I am exactly the same as you and we have piles of stuff everywhere but have one photo of the kitchen when we’d just moved in where it looks catalogue perfect. Just one! 😀 Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

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