It’s transformation central here, folks!
Back in the summer of 2021, my fiancé and I bought a filthy, unloved, terraced Victorian house that smelt of smoke, weed, and cat pee. I’m very aware that on paper that does not sound like an appealing buy. But we managed to look past the flea infested carpets at what it could be – a charming, colourful, and spacious family home. Despite my dreams of turning up in my dungarees like Donna in Mamma Mia and going at the whole house with tins of paint, reality was a little different thanks to the fact it was filthy, unloved, and full of cat pee. So our priorities became making a usable kitchen, painting the bedroom to get rid of the smell, and completely renovating the lounge space whilst on a budget.
So after six months of living in the house, we finally could get on with the exciting part. A full room renovation baby! We completely re-did our spare room by ourselves and made it into a cosy, bright, boho home office meets spare room of dreams. You ready for some before and after shots?
The wallpaper was bright pink, damaged, and peeling. The carpet was an even brighter pink, was fitted with no underlay or gripper, and came with a variety of sticky and smelly stains.
So, we gutted that room; walls, floors, and doors. As we didn’t have an unlimited budget, we decided to do all of the DIY ourselves, beside carpet fitting. So we filled the cracks in our one hundred year old walls, put up wallpaper, got the paintbrushes and frog tape out, and hotfooted it to IKEA.
Oh the joy I get walking into that room is just incredible. The soft carpet under foot, the bright mural, the colourful art prints. It’s just a heavenly place to work and rest! We still do have some work to do – sorting the corner out behind the divider, filling out my desk, touching up the ceiling. But now, it’s a usable and comfortable dream office where I can get my blog on!
Let me know if you want me to talk more about my renovation experience, from how we manage a Victorian house to how we pick our colour scheme!
Tell me, what would be a necessity for your dream office? For me, it’s a gooood chair. I picked up the chair by my desk from Facebook Marketplace, and it’s actually an ergonomic chair! It makes me sit up very straight but also makes me realise how hunched over I sit everywhere else in my life. Whoooops.