Phil says we have to call it the Sitting Room, because he is fancy. But we all know it is really the lounge.
Phil says the lounge is where you wait for your flight. Hmm.
When we walked into this room when we viewed the house, we just stood and stared at the huge picture windows and the view of the park beyond. It really is lovely.
Here are the before and after shots from the same angles (with the same posing children). I will bore you with the paint colours too.
Poster is Phil’s – an old Schiele exhibition from his yoof – frame was from the refuse shop at the tip and painted in F&B Mole’s Breath.
A new modular Fontanot staircase has been built behind the sofa, the floors covered with real oak flooring (from Magnet, v. cheap).
Walls in Farrow and Ball Ammonite.
Upcycled TV cabinet was 15 quid from St. Margaret’s – painted in F&B Eggshell Purbeck Stone and a Dulux satinwood (forget how good this is) in teal, colour matched with the teal from the Laura Ashley Wallace Lampshade.
The lounge fireplace:
The fireplace was beyond hideous. After much deliberation I slapped on Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in Old White. I removed and dismantled the gas fire: I rescued the surround which I painted in Annie Sloane Graphite and the bricked inside of the fireplace in Annie Sloan Paris Gray.
The fireplace really does look fab in the chalk paint. Looks great at night too:
Here are our Before and After pics of the kitchen – our favourite room in the house. It used to be an unused basement room, but it had lovely doors leading out to the garden, and seemed the perfect location for a kitchen-diner.
We moved the kitchen units downstairs and created a kitchen island:
The paint is F&B Borrowed Light. Kitchen lights all from B&Q. The kitchen island is a light blue colour and was made using kitchen unit wooden panels from Howden’s.
We knocked out the old fireplace to open it up as a feature. Mirror from the tip. Fireplace slate from South West reclamation in Bridgwater. Kittens from a nice chap I met in the park.
We knocked out the old staircase and replaced it with a lighter, modern modular staircase from Fontanot:
We knocked out the old staircase to make an eating area, complete with a reading snug and a handsome man stroking kittens:
The larder: Every housewife’s dream. We painted it white and tiled the floor. And hoovered up the carpet beetles.
This old bookcase was built by my dad when he owned a bookshop in Weston-super-Mare in the 1960’s. The shelves are made of glass. It’s REALLY heavy and I had to use some very long screws and make a great deal of noise putting it up.
I thought it would be good to restore it to it’s former glory and use it to display our Penguin books….