Before & After: Our Grey & White Lounge Needs A New Sofa
We received the keys to our house three years ago. I thought you might like to see some before and after pictures of our slow progress transforming it from an old ladies’ yellow and orange house to a family home. I’ll start with the lounge, as it was the first room we (just about) finished. Here is the ‘after’:
Now, are you ready for the ‘before’? Brace yourself!
WAAAH looking back on that, I can’t even believe we bought the house! It actually looked even worse when we got the keys as all the furniture and rug had been removed, revealing the true horror of the carpet, lurking beneath.
I vividly remember walking through to the French windows with Ryan and looking at the garden. We told ourselves “Just look at the view, ignore the beams and the smell.”
But look at it now!
So how did we get from there to our current lounge? With a lot of blood, sweat and tears!
Starting from Scratch
We started with a chainsaw. The black beams were purely for ‘decoration’ so were not structural and could be removed, thankfully. My brother in law hacked them off with his chainsaw on day one, and even though the room was filled with petrol fumes and smoke, it immediately looked better! We took out the ratty, faded and stinky old carpet and stripped the wallpaper off.
The walls had to be smoothed over a bit when the ceiling was boarded and plastered. We also had the wall lights replaced with simple uplighters. I got a quote to replace the gilt gas fire with a wood burner. But it came to three thousand pounds, as we don’t have a chimney. So I decided to paint the fire until we can afford to get a woodburner. Luckily it turned out really well, as it will take us years to prioritise a new fire!
Since painting the hearth white, I have added a coat of grey paint, and eventually I’d like to add slate tiles over the top. We found some oak from a salvage yard to go over the fire, and it goes well with the LVT oak effect floor tiles we chose. We replaced the grotty 1970s board doors with oak framed glass doors, to allow light to flow around the house. They do work well, but I hadn’t thought about the amount of little fingerprints that would cover the glass panels! We got new radiators and painted the walls in Sail White by Crown. We liked the slightly grey shade of white so much we continued it throughout the house, apart from the girls’ rooms.
We brought most of the furniture with us from our old house, including the shelves my brother made us. Luckily they fit well, as we have tonnes of books to house. That end of the room is the play area for the girls, so it has their dolls houses, play kitchen and play shop.
The other end is for sitting, and I got the Ercol sofa set when I was a student. It really needs recovering, and I want to get the dark varnish stripped off. I have a matching chair in the bay window and two more that we can’t fit anywhere at the moment.
We have another sofa opposite the fireplace, but it is very old and sagging and really needs replacing.
It’s a sofa bed and it sags in the middle, and the brown doesn’t go with my grey scheme at all!
Choosing a New Sofa
I actually designed the lounge around a sofa that Ryan spotted at Made.com. It’s the Ritchie sofa in grey with rainbow buttons for £599. Isn’t it lovely? I think it would go so well with the Ercol sofa as it is a similar shape. It’s also the only piece of furniture Ryan has taken any interest in.We would get it with oak legs instead of these dark ones. But when I went down to London and tried it out, the back is a bit low. I have a bad back so need something more supportive. So I have been looking at options we can sit on here in Milton Keynes and have found several good options.
Top left: Ellison Grande Sofa from DFS for £998
Top right: Zinc 4 Seater Sofa from DFS for £899
Bottom left: Zuri Large Sofa from DFS for £599
Bottom right: Stocksund 3 Seat Sofa from IKEA for £525
Which do you think would go best in our lounge? I’d love to know what you think! Either way, I don’t think my poor back can take sitting on the sagging old sofa for much longer.
More Before and Afters
If you liked seeing this Before & After, you might like our monochrome bathroom reveal – click on the ‘before’ photo to see the ‘after!
And this the the ‘before’ on our downstairs cloakroom makeover.
Thea’s woodland nursery tour featured over on Rock My Family, but it was over a year ago and it looks quite different now she has her big girl bed instead of her cotbed. I’ll have to post about that soon!