Before & After: Basic Brick Provides a Canvas For Change

published Sep 10, 2014
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(Image credit: ashley williamson)

Ashley experienced a happy situation we all find ourselves in from time to time: she made one change to her small, three bedroom home and she was so inspired that the improvements just spiraled from there.

(Image credit: ashley williamson)

From Ashley:

We needed to make the space feel bigger and allow for us all to feel at home. We decided the best way to convert the space on a tight budget was paint. We used Dulux Natural White Wash and Wear, it’s a soft and warm white which keeps the space bright but peaceful. Interior brick tends to soak up paint, so a primer allowed us to use a single coat to complete the space.

While the painting was happening we had a serious look at the furniture throughout our home. There was a bulky modular leather sofa that ate up a good portion of the living area, a cluttered Ikea box shelf, and some other bits and pieces that did nothing to make the space flow. So, we uploaded it all onto a buy and sell site and used the profits to buy a new sofa, coffee tables, desk, rug and an amazing sideboard and side unit from Gumtree for a steal. We carefully simplified every room and closet, clearing the clutter. We now move a thing out for every thing that comes in. Our home is a work in progress, but we have been following the advice of not keeping something that isn’t beautiful, meaningful or useful. It is a simple rule that works.

See more at Piper & Poppies.

Thank you Ashley!