To be honest I’m not sure what really constitutes a ‘tree change’. Do you have to move to the bush, or does a regional city still count? Regardless, I’m calling our move to the regional Victorian city of Ballarat our tree change. It’s not quite complete and won’t be until Mr Good finds himself work in this absolutely beautiful regional city. Until then he’s got the somewhat onerous task of commuting back and forth from the city four days a week.
We’re now just a few days into our big move, the house is pretty much unpacked and we’ve started doing some minor DIY jobs. It’s an old Victorian weather board cottage and while it’s in pretty good condition with a nice modern kitchen and manageable bathroom (and a laundry I adore), but it does need some work. To begin with the cupboards in the bedrooms and laundry have been fairly shoddily installed and contain only hanging space. Mr Good has been busy installing shelving and I’ll paint it up tomorrow so it looks nice and bright.
For now I thought I would show you some of the rooms that I have finished unpacking and organising.
Firstly the girls’ bedroom.
The blue walls really need a fresh coat of paint, but the 14ft ceilings are slightly daunting so for now it will stay. The blue actually looks really good with the greens and blues of their bedding and accessories. And you can bet how long the room stayed in this state…. about 15 seconds.
The wall behind where I’ve taken these photos from has a fire place that has been boarded up and some very dodgy built-in robes. One side had huge cracks and gaps which Mr Good filled before building the shelving. I’ll show some before and afters once that little project is finished.
Next is the spare room.
Not much to inspire one just yet and we definitely need some bigger prints for the walls, ours are looking dwarfed against these very tall walls.
The next three photos are the lounge room – a determinedly toy-free zone!
The fire place is actually a gas heater, but with open flames not one that we will be using with the girls around. The ceiling has been lowered which gives it a cozier feel, but with only an east facing window close to the neighbours house and our side fence it can be a little dark and dingy on overcast days.
I’m thinking of removing or plastering over the dark wood panelled wall and painting the whole room white, except perhaps the dark red around the fire place. I’m also not sure about the built in cabinet on one side of the fire place. I like it as a piece of furniture especially the two-toned timber, but it doesn’t really go with the rest of the room. Any thoughts? The final thing this room is calling out for is nice curtains instead of the cheap timber Venetian blinds. This would keep the room a bit warmer, but also allow in more light during the day when they’re pulled back.
The kitchen is next….
It has an amazing amount of storage space with full length cupboards the entire way along the rear wall, plus under bench cupboards and draws (pots draws!! Love them!) and a couple of overhead cupboards. Unfortunately the laminate coverings have bubbled and come away from the cupboard doors so they don’t quite look right. And there’s not a lot of bench space, but I’m used to working in small kitchens so for now I can deal with all of that. The big issue is that there is no space for a fridge, hence why it’s sitting in front of the window.
I’m planning to find some second hand timber stools, giving them a bit of a make over and sitting them under the bench on one side. I’ll also paint the blue walls white again to brighten this area up a bit more. But in the long run I have plans for a complete refit, including a large walk in pantry and galley-style kitchen. I dream of the perfect kitchen, it will be years before we can afford anything like that, just image how much I could add to my dream by then!
Off the kitchen is a lovely dining area…
Sorry about the photos, these were taken late in the afternoon. I love this area, it’s spacious enough for our table without it getting lost in a larger space. It is a rather large back room opening onto a deck, but we’ve divided it into two zones. Other than painting the yellow walls white (hmmmm I do like white) this area will stay just as it is…. unless I find some light shades I prefer over the ones on the rear wall.
And the final show and tell for tonight is the girls’ play area which takes up the other half of the back room.
Again I’m loving this space. It allows the girls more area to play without spreading their toys all over the house and they can get to all the toys and books I’ve put in this space. I’ve got some plans to improve this with a low bench along the wall with cushions on top and storage below, a gallery for their art creations and some sort of small couch or couple of arm chairs so we can sit and read together. There’s no TV in this room so it has already reduced the temptation measurably.
I’ll do part two soon which will include the two front rooms (master bedroom and study), the bathroom, laundry and the outside front and back. I’ve been known to sit in the car at the front of our house and pinch myself when I realise we own a house this cute!! It’s screaming out to be cross-stitched, that’s how cute it is. And as you can imagine I have to most wonderful plans for the garden.
Apart from showing you all the house and the improvements we make to it, big and small, along the way, I have plans to breath new life into the New Good Life blog. In the meantime, if anyone else has made a tree change, sea change or just a life change I’d love to hear about it. Did you love it? Was it what you expected and hoped for? What made you make the change in the first place?