Real Homes: Before and After – 4 Bed Victorian House, The Lounge and Dinning Room

Author: Boho

Real Homes

Today we are back with Ruth and the fantastic renovation project of her 4 bed Victorian house. So far Ruth has shown us round her Blue bedroomher stunning Kitchen and last time her gorgeous Bathroom……All very impressive! Today it is the turn of the rather splendid open plan lounge and dining room. This is a great space and somewhere that I can imagine is great for entertaining! Personally I love open plan houses, the whole downstairs in my house is open plan, not ideal in the winter but it’s great for creating space and wonderful for having friends round! Ruth has done a wonderful job on this room, I just love it! 

The open plan Lounge and Dining Room Before and After

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Background on the house itself…

When we first viewed what is now our home, we fell in love with its original Victorian features, huge rooms and high ceilings. It needed some love and attention as well as work in every room so we purchased this, our first house, in July of 2011 and decided to take it room by room doing everything we possibly could ourselves! Mike even did a plastering course before we moved in so he was then able to plaster every room which probably saved us a small fortune!

The open plan Lounge and Dining Room

We spent around three months doing this space up. Mike plastered all the walls and ceilings. He ripped out the laminate flooring and laid darker wood flooring down to keep with the look and period of the house. We purchased new radiators and my Mum and Dad bought us a wood burner that Christmas which works perfectly in the open brick area in the dining room.

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It took us months to build up all our furniture for this space, we’d purchase an item of furniture every month once we’d been paid and were so pleased when it all finally came together! It’s a great space to entertain as well as to just chill out, we’re really happy with the finished result.

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  • Cream sofa – Laura Ashley
  • Grey sofa – made.com
  • Leather Chesterfield armchair – eBay
  • TV stand & coffee table – Laura Ashley
  • Dining room table – bargain buy, £60 from Tesco Home
  • Dining room chairs – made.com
  • Flooring – B&Q


Ruth will be back in a few weeks time to share with us another room renovation.

  • I’d love to feature your home on the blog, if you have a restoration project or a new room you would like to show off then please email me [email protected]


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