Before and After's

Our house is still a work in progress but here are some Before and After's. We have plenty of tweaks to make but it's fun to see how things have changed since we moved in!

Entry Area

Before: Red and grey walls (some of it painted over wallpaper), tatty greige Berber carpet, wood look vinyl and a stylin' 70's wooden curtain rod with a green velvet curtain covering the sliding door. The interior door on the left leads into a huge storage cupboard, fantastic for all the junk we don't want on show. We haven't changed anything in there yet.

After: Wallpaper removed, walls replastered, primed and given two coats of paint in Dulux Off White. Old vinyl ripped out and new porcelain tiles laid - Sienna Almond 450mm from the Tile Warehouse. Old carpet removed and a new sisal-look, heavy duty, 100% wool carpet installed from Carpet One. Curtain rod and curtain replaced by white aluminium 50mm blinds in white from Venluree Blinds. Wicker ottoman used as seating from Early Settler, blue cushion from Ezibuy. Silver coat rack found on Trade Me and canvas tote bag from Bed Bath n Table.

Living Room

Before: More dull grey walls, half of it painted over wallpaper - ack! Faded 25mm wooden venetian blinds, worn Berber carpet and the first sofa and bookcase we ever bought!

After: Lots of changes here! Wallpaper removed, walls replastered, primed and painted in two coats of Dulux Off White. Flimsy 25mm wooden venetian blinds removed and replaced with 50mm white aluminium venetian blinds from Venluree. Small pine bookcase replaced with a larger white painted bookcase. Ottoman replaced with an oak and glass coffee table, also painted white. New art, lamps, cushions and decor. This is my favourite room so far!

The oak coffee table is a favourite find from Trade Me...

Cut-out votive holders and pineapple candle holder from Bed Bath n Table,
vase from The Warehouse, wicker tray holding remotes/magazines from Ezibuy...

View from the sofa toward entry way...

Throw pillows and blue throw rug from Freedom furniture,
coral art by Driftwood Interiors on Etsy...

The new larger bookcase and a woven basket holding extra throw rugs...
Blue vase holding pretty pink seasonal flowers, a favourite from Freedom...

Mounted coral and glass milk bottles (filled with taper candles and small sea shells) found at Bed Bath n Table...

Framed driftwood photo (top shelf) taken at Pauanui Beach by my hubby,
silver candle holders from Ezibuy...
Some favourite reference books - Domino book of decorating, Coastal Homes, At Home in Greece, Beach Cottages...
Beautiful coral Peruvian lillies and the view looking towards our dining room.
Dining Room

Before: Two grey walls and one very RED feature wall along with the sad old wool Berber carpet and dismal grey drapes framing two french doors that lead onto a huge entertainers deck - the only thing I liked about this room at that point!

After: Another room I love, It's so much brighter now! We painted half the dining room in Dulux Off White and painted a feature wall in Dulux Island Bay, a fun mid blue. The old net curtains and tatty grey drapes were replaced with 25mm white aluminium venetian blinds that can be rolled all the way up for easy outdoor access and help control the heat that comes in the west facing doors. The old light fitting was replaced with a white 500mm drum pendant shade from Lighting Plus. New carpet was installed and a sisal rug with leather trim from Bunnings helps ground the dining area. We replaced our heavy farmhouse-style dining chairs with white Eames DSW replica's for a lighter look, that visually increased the size of the space. Metallic mirror found at Early Settler and the table runner, starfish and blue votive holders were from Freedom. The blue seascape painted on canvas is an original by my talented Father.


Before: I didn't mind the old kitchen, it was kind of funky with the red walls and we don't have any plans to rip out the perfectly functional appliances, bench tops and cabinetry so all we needed to do here were some little tweaks to tie things in with our new laid back beachy style!

After: A fresh and more spacious look was achieved very cheaply by repainting the walls in a lighter shade (Dulux Off White), replacing the chunky old spotlights with more streamlined halogens (that give off amazing light for cooking at night!) and adding some blue and white coastal accessories with the rustic basket of daisies, the navy striped tea towel and oven mitt and the cream and blue tea and sugar jars. New 50mm wooden venetians were added to the bare windows for privacy and cosiness at night. Tiling the kitchen floor in a light, beachy shade is the next thing on our to-do list!

The crystal decanter and glasses and the silver candelabra are all favourite antiques found on Trade Me...

I love our stainless steel splash back! It gives off a professional
kitchen vibe and is easy clean!


Before: I don't have a true 'before' of the laundry room, I think we avoided photographing it because it was THAT BAD. In the photo below we had already touched up the heavily marked grey walls and installed a new laundry tub. The old one was seriously nasty and original to the 35 year old was rotting and there was mould behind it and it was just not nice at all. The floors in here were the wood look vinyl just like in our old entry way.

After-ish: While this room isn't completely done it's getting there. We still need to install a floor to ceiling laundry cupboard (where the dryer is) and wall mount the dryer above the washing machine, oh and replace the old wooden back door with a new aluminium one to match the rest of the joinery in the house. So far we have had the old painted-on wallpaper removed, replastered the walls, then primed and repainted with two coats of Dulux Cut Glass, a pretty blue-green. The ceiling was also replastered, sanded and painted white. We installed new halogen lighting (which you can't see in the photos) and hung 25mm white aluminium venetian blinds in the window for privacy at night. The vinyl flooring was ripped out and replaced with the same porcelain tiles we used in the entry way (Sienna Almond).

Spare Bedroom

Before: The spare bedroom wins the award for the second nastiest room in the house (laundry gets No.1). You can't really see in the photo but the walls and ceiling were in BAD shape. There was bubbly old wallpaper that had been painted on numerous times, a hole in the ceiling above the bed and yellowy trim around windows and door oh, and that patchy old carpet again. The view out to the deck saved this room!

After: Simple, light and airy! We stripped off all the old wallpaper, then filled and sanded as many of the holes that we could find, including the ceiling hole. The ceiling was then repainted and we hung new wallpaper on the walls in a pale latte shade with a matte textured finish to hide any imperfections (we may have this room replastered and painted at a later date). The old roman blinds were removed and replaced with 25mm white aluminium venetians to keep the room bright but still private from neighbours. All the trim and the wardrobe door was sanded back and repainted in semi-gloss white. We bought the white headboard and bedside table from Target furniture and the white lamp is from Early Settler.

Black and white framed photograph taken by my hubby at
Cornwall Park, black silk lamp from Lighting Plus...

The mirror reflects the light and the pretty view outside and
makes the room look so much bigger...

Hydrangea (unfortunately not in bloom), apothecary jar filled with sea shells from The Warehouse, silver candle holder from Stevens...


Before: This single room used to be used by my husband as a home gym. It had the same grey paint and Berber carpet as the rest of the house and 70's curtain rods and calico curtains. We decided to turn this room into something more functional - an office!

After: The old carpets were replaced and we repainted this room with two coats of Resene Nebula, an airy green-blue. The old curtains and rods were replaced with white metal aluminium venetians to let in the light and we bought the white bookshelf and computer desk at Target furniture. The rattan and white filing cabinet is from Freedom. The trio of black and white beach photographs were taken by my hubby.

Rattan baskets and a hurricane lamp provide a beachy touch...

I found this cute pin board at Bed Bath n Table along with the shell ball
and conch shell.
Master Bedroom

Before: Another grey room! The master bedroom had the addition of an even darker grey feature wall. Not the best idea in such a small room we thought! There were also heavy grey curtains obstructing the windows. It wasn't really the kind of room that I find very restful so it had to go.

After-ish: Another not quite complete room, it's on my to-do list but here's what we've done so far. We repainted all the walls in 1/4 strength Dulux Lake Wakatipu (it was really hard choosing the right blue for this room, in pictures the colour looks almost baby blue but in life it's more grey, it changes a lot with the light as we have a huge window on one wall looking onto the green of the garden and a smaller window on the left hand side). We also replaced the heavy grey curtains with white metal venetians for privacy from neighbours but to still allow the light in and added a chrome curtain rod and neutral champagne-y coloured eyelet curtains on the main window for extra darkness in the mornings. New carpet was laid and I bought a new white lamp night time reading and replaced the dresser mirror with a wooden one that I sprayed painted silver. I have just ordered some new art to hang above our bed and I would really love a new white dresser and headboard too, they are somewhere down the to-buy list!

New beachy bedding and white and rattan side table found at Farmers

Apothecary jar and frames from Bed Bath n Table

Hoping to replace or paint this dresser soon!

That's it for the Before and After's, I will update things as we make changes, there is still a lot to go and I intentionally left off our scary bathroom pictures since not much has changed there yet, but since the bathroom is our BIG project for 2012 there will lots of posts coming up as we figure out what we want to do with it!

Thanks so much for checking out our home!

xo K


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