Key day and a home update


Friday 29 July, otherwise known a ‘key day’, came and went, and four days after opening the door to our new home, quite a lot has happened.

First of all, I’m going to rewind to Friday when excitedly we put the key in the lock only to discover the previous owners had left us the wrong keys. A bit of a false start, but we got there in the end and realised we were just as in love with it as we were when we first saw the house back in May.

We knew when we bought it that it was going to be a project; the previous owners had lived there for 50 years. So on Saturday we set about taking small steps to make it our own.

Over the course of the past five days, we’ve stripped padded wallpaper off pretty much every wall in the house, we’ve lifted all of the carpets and we’ve cleaned, and cleaned, and cleaned.

The upside is the flat is magnificent and even in its current state of chaos I still love it. The downside is it’s going to be way more work than we ever thought and things like rewiring the house are now at the top of the agenda, which is something we hadn’t considered. But, it’s a labour of love, and with every day that passes it gets closer to resembling our home.

We’ll be doing a lot of the renovations ourselves and I’ll be posting regular updates on Instagram if you’d like to keep up to date with the various things that come with owning a house that was built is the 1800s.

Have you ever renovated a house? If so, I’d love to hear about it.


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  • http://cavaforlunch.com Christina – Cavaforlunch.com

    Congratulations on the flat, Chiara! I’m excited to follow your renovation process xx

  • http://www.gisforgingers.com/ Claire Smith

    Oooh now exciting! I can’t wait til I get the keys to my first proper home <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Congratulations on your new adventure Chiara! I wish you all of the best in your new home! <3

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Congratulations. I know how exciting it is. We got our home almost 2 years ago and we are still doing small things as it seems we always have new ideas and we need more space for storage. I hope the renovations will go smoothly. xx