This is what our living room looked like when we moved in. The carpet had stains all over (the previous occupants dog obviously wasn’t housetrained), the radiators were not attached to the walls, the electrics needed sorting and the windows needed replacing. This was the view looking towards the bay window.
And this was the view looking towards the 1950’s fireplace.
The living room is the first room that we renovated. We wanted somewhere, where we could switch off and not see about a million DIY tasks that are yet to be completed. Before even moving in, we removed the carpet. Then we had the windows and the radiator replaced and the electrics sorted. The tulip design in the stained glass is a copy of the original one that would have been there.
Then we had our new fireplace fitted and stripped the ceiling and walls. You can see that there is a line around the wall where the original picture rail would have been. I was a complete mess, but this is what we lived like for a few months until we finally had the room plastered.
When the room was finally plastered we refitted the picture rail, had the cupboard and shelves on either side of the fireplace installed and replaced the missing trim around the windows. The last big job before painting everything was having our floor sanded.
And this is what the room looks like now.
We still need some new furniture and the curtains desperately need replacing. We like the arrangement with the 2-seater sofa and two armchairs, but would like to replace the armchairs with something that is more in proportion with the 2-seater and the rest of the room. We haven’t been able to find any chairs that we like (and that are in budget). If you have any ideas let us know!