renovating day 1

It was all happening here yesterday! And the smell of paint and dust took me right back to our last house. Yesterday was all about getting the built ins out, old picture hooks out, some doors out and holes in walls filled. That is a whole lot of brown……

and it was great to see all it all out of the house! It had been on retro daddy’s to do list but it’s so much nicer when someone else does it for you and takes it to the tip too. Now in the twins room that window on the far left once had an air conditioner half in/half out of the window. Always a good look. It’s nice to see that gone and just have pretty windows .

And this was once a huge brown shelving unit with desks attached to the wall. I couldn’t put the twins beds against it and it really took up a lot of space. It’s great to see it down and I can’t wait to see it painted. I know you’ve been wondering how we’ve been living in the house through this. Well the painters are starting with the twins room first upstairs and moving around upstairs before moving downstairs so that we can go and hang out upstairs while they work downstairs.  We only have to move out when the downstairs floorboards are being done and with the amount of sniffing and nose blowing (from me!) that is going on, well I can’t wait to move out for that job.

And with the twins bedroom covered in plastic it meant camping out in the loungeroom for the night. Never a complaint there.

And you should always be prepared for some wallpaper in unexpected places……… behind built ins. There was once a wardrobe here which hid a lot of my craft stuff. It was great for storage but was getting a bit old and smelly. Thankfully retro daddy took one look at the room and said I think we need to put another built in here…………..great news for me.

And that is day 1. It’s certainly a big job but it’s fun to go upstairs at the end of the day and have a peek at what has been done. Stay tuned……..


  1. WOW – It will all be SO worth it. This House has such good bones and I know you are going to make it something absolutely wonderful.

  2. The transformation is going to be amazing!

  3. How exciting! I love old houses and seeing their potential past the old carpet & wallpaper. Looking forward to see what you do with it. :)

  4. So exciting Corrie – really looking forward to seeing the progress as it unfolds! xo

  5. Exciting! I love seeing homes transform. I bet you are so glad to see that brown go along with that delicious looking carpet!

  6. Ooooh it’s going to look great when it’s finished Corrie! I will be following with interest as we have just bought a house that needs quite a bit of work. You will no doubt provide inspiration!

  7. Heartsdesire says:

    Corrie, your house is going to be so fabulous when you finish. Love seeing the before and soon-to-be after pictures.

  8. I love these befores and can’t wait for the afters! :)

  9. So excited for you all. Looking forward to seeing your progress. It’s going to be great! :-)

  10. Can’t wait to see the rest of the photos of each days progress.
    Great start.

  11. Very exciting for you all to have fresh painted rooms.
    I love reading your blog daily, I need to take more time and comment

  12. Mama of 2 boys says:

    Wowzers! That is huge Corrie, so exciting to see all that potential coming to life. And so much fun for us to get a peek at the process… but not live through the mess, thank you very much! Don’t know how you’re coping with all that dust, poor thing xo

  13. eek! wall paper I still have nightmares. We lived in and renovated (a tiny bit) my grandparents house. There was wallpaper in every room incl the bathroom! waterproof wall paper! we would peel and find another pattern – something like stripes, roses, brown, paisley….. never ending!!

  14. Such a big change already! Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  15. I can’t wait to see it Corrie. I wish you’d filmed a video of the house though. :)

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