The best words I can use to describe this look is Industrial Farmhouse!
LOL! Think it’ll catch on?! I needed to come up with a name after I got some very concerned looks from friends when I explained what we were going to do with the house.
You remember my last blog post showing you the renovated bathrooms? Well, it’s about time I showed you a bit of the rest.
As I mentioned in my last post, and some of the other posts about our renovation, we needed to replace all the tiles because they were awful… and the big thing, the main thing, we aimed to do in this renovation was bring light into the house.
Our house was very dim with cream walls and dark wooden beams on the ceiling… and at night it was even worse because the light fittings in the house were terrible and didn’t light up the house at all.
This is what it looked like:
So, here’s what we did to the rest of the house…
1. Replaced the tiled floors with Cemcrete (grey Colour Hardener). We wanted the unfinished concrete look, so are quite happy that the floors change as they get older.
2. Replaced every single light fitting. This was a problem, because of the lack of ceilings in the house, and we were stuck with getting wall fittings, unless we rewired everything… so we opted for spot lights and managed to find something we both liked.
3. Painted every single wooden beam white. I think the builder cursed us a few times once he got going, he needed to paint them 3 times! And he did the entire house… this has made an enormous difference, and the whole house feels bigger and more airy.
4. Painted the dark wooden staircase grey. Strange, I know, but our other option was white, and that would not have worked with a house of boys and huskies. I’m thrilled with the stairs! They work so much better than I thought they would.
5. Painted all the walls a very pale grey (incl all the bedrooms and the study).
6. Replaced all the old inside doors and handles with new panelled doors… the cheapest part of the renovation and it’s made a huge difference!
7. Replaced all the brown wooden blinds with white wooden blinds (incl all the bedrooms and the study).
8. Replaced the old dining room chairs with new ones that I found online at Robert Thomson. I was about to buy similar chairs at Mr Price Home, and then found these. I’m thrilled I did, because these are so much more sturdy!
9. Bought new rugs and pale grey curtains from Mr Price Home.
10. Ooh and we replaced the old steel framed sliding patio door with a new aluminium door.
And this is what it looks like now…
See that old cabinet? It was our old teak TV cabinet that I’ve now repurposed into a wine cupboard… I found awesome wooden wine storage boxes that fit in the cupboard beautifully.
The persian rug that was in the dining room has been moved to the lounge to get more colour into the space… although the jury is still out on that one. We may move it upstairs to the study.
My Joburg skyline looks amazing under the new lights… oh and every single piece of art, apart from the images in the bedrooms are “made by me”
The passage is crying out for a new rug and the photo walls to get put up properly… with new frames and a lot of new images.
All this has made an enormous difference to the house. The house feels bigger. It’s airy. It’s light for the first time ever! We don’t even need to turn on all the lights at night to read a book…
What still needs to be done? The photo walls down the passage need to be put back together again… with new frames. We need a “something” to hang on the one huge wall in the dining room, it’s double volume, so whatever we choose needs to be big. We need a new piece of art for the entrance area because the old one is red and orange and won’t work there anymore. And then of course, we need to start thinking about replacing the patio and repainting the outside of the house!
So, what do you think?