My french house – before and after pics …

I think it’s a good idea to do a quick recap. Sometimes even I forget just how awful our French house was when we bought it. So this blog post is a simple before and after round up. No, you’re welcome.

Kitchen

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Our kitchen on the day we moved in – nice huh?

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Varde units from Ikea and crockery from my parents and local brocant markets.

Master bedroom

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This was where we slept for about six months – the futon I bought in Australia when I was 24 and living there – its travelled to here via LA, Newcastle and London.

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Mirror from ebay and light fitting was here originally! Wallpaper is Laura Ashley Josette.

Downstairs bathroom

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er yuk!

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Still one of my have makeovers. Walls Cornforth White from Farrow and Ball and bathroom from a local discount bathroom supplier. Extras from local Brocante.

Downstairs guest bedroom

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This is actually ‘after’ quite a bit of cleaning up and painting. Don’t have a truly ‘before’ pic but you get the idea

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Ta da! Bed from Ikea. Curtains made by me! Everything else brocante or local market.

Kids sitting room

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Oh.My.God!

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The kids have a room of their own! Sofa was found in a skip and recovered with John Lewis fabric. Walls are Farrow and Ball Parma Grey.

Dining room

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Can you see why we bought the place? nope, me either….

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Because I knew it could look like THIS! Walls are Earhbourne Paints Bandstand. Lights from BHS and everything else from local brocante markets. Table from our friend Steve who has a great Brocante in Aignan.

Kids room

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Again this is a mid way makeover pic – don’t have true befores. Our friend James’s stripped the wallpaper from the walls in here as it was too disgusting to even go in with it on apparently. Thanks James.

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The boys chose the colour – its a Dulux red can’t remember the name. Bedding is Cath Kidston.

Small bedroom

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My dressing room/spare bedroom

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Ready for the arrival of my god-daughter! Bed Ikea and towels from Matalan!

Upstairs bathroom

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Letting the rain in….

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Paint is Earthbourne Bandstand (leftover from dining Room) Tiles are from Topps Tiles and called Henley

Grand Salon

Our 'rat run' home to lots of furry friends

Our ‘rat run’ home to lots of furry friends

Not yet finished but looking better right? Walls are Calamine by Farrow and Ball and lights are Graham and Green.

Not yet finished but looking better right? Walls are Calamine by Farrow and Ball and lights are Graham and Green.

So there you have it. We do also have a few ‘sub rooms’ which are small bedrooms attached to the other rooms which we’ve painted and thrown some beds in plus we have a very basic utility room. ANd then we have two of these…..

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Attics – one day will be two VERY large bedrooms with ensuites!

But that’s definitely for another blog post. How do you think we’re doing so far?

18 thoughts on “My french house – before and after pics …

  1. Wow what an amazing difference. You have worked extremely hard to restore this gorgeous house and hopefully you can now enjoy it. I Enjoy reading you blog as you give me inspiration to carry on with the work which is needed in our house in France as it is in a similar state to how yours was before the fantastic transformation. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Amazing transformations
    Our hovel smaller than yours, also bargain, but awful state
    Our original photos weren’t taken with digital camera so will have to get these scanned so I can show .
    My blog is being updated regularly but we have so much material to get in since 2006.
    (Up to 2009, bits of it look better now1)
    Find diary v therapeutic, reminds me why we keep going and what we have achieved in 7 years, although we coudn’t do anything for great chunks of time due to planning, health and domestic(?)isues- on home straight now

    I’ll follow you if you follow me………………………

    Gill

    • Done! Going to have a good read of your blog this weekend! I think is v therapeutic to keep diary especially as we’re currently renovating our Lindon home and is taking forever! I can look back on how bad France was and take heart!!! Xx

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