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Renovating Our Floors: The Before Photos

Posted Monday, October 24, 2016 in: Nerd Life Before & After Dare to DIY

If you already follow our home renovations and my rantings about our dog nearly breaking my nose on Instagram, you might have already seen how VERY excited I was recently when we redid our floors.

If you know me in person, you will probably vouch for the fact that 80% of what I have ever talked about in real life over the past five years has been our floors – specifically how much I always hated them. Seriously I am like that friend you have who is always whinging about her annoying, boring boyfriend that you know she will never break up with, only I am the friend who is always complaining about her ugly flooring.

I’ve been like this pretty much since we bought our house nearly six years ago, so that’s a long time. People would come over and be like, “Wow, the new kitchen is really nice!” and I would sigh and say, “Yeah, but I can’t wait to do the floors. They suck.” So I think all my friends are secretly like, “Just renovate your stupid floors already. I’m sick of hearing you talk about them.” DONE. My floors and I have officially broken up. 

We’ve been living with our new floors for about a month now and oh my God, I love them. I loved them as soon as I saw them. And I’ve had so many questions about them and why we chose this option (they are vinyl planks from Karndean Designflooring) so I thought I’d start giving you guys some answers properly on here, which I’ll be doing in tomorrow’s post – sharing why we chose vinyl planks over other flooring options on the market, and why we chose Karndean specifically.

But before I do that, I thought I’d give you a little tour of the way our house used to look. You can tell I cleaned up the house for your visit – HA. Brace yourself for some seriously unstyled images.

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Beautiful Bali Interiors: Get the Look at Home

There is no doubt about it; the Bali we all know and love to visit today is hugely different from the Bali we knew 20 years ago. The somewhat daggy country I first visited when I was 12 years old has evolved.

Hands up if you are one of the many Australians who adore Bali? I have a small confession to make. Everyone’s been crazy about Bali for ...

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The Cottesloe Box House

The words ‘minimalist’, ‘modern home’, and ‘crawling baby’ are probably not words that many people would think belong in the same sentence when it comes to homes. Since we had Little Nerd, I have discovered that there is nothing that manages to compromise the way your house looks and functions than the destructive force of a ...

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Designed for a Baby (and a Dog): Our 1970s Bathroom Renovation

Well, this is a little embarrassing. We finished renovating our 1970s main bathroom AGES ago... during which time we went on our honeymoon, I got pregnant, had a baby, we've renovated our kitchen, laundry, floors and windows... and yet I’ve never actually got around to doing a full before and after story of our bathroom reno on here.

I think ...

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An Australian Farmhouse with a Malaysian Twist

A little while ago, I wrote a story on the home of Etica Studio designer Carla Karsakis who downsized to a one-bedroom ‘apartment’ on a 200sqm inner-city infill block.

These days a lot of Perth people are downsizing and building on blocks that are smaller than they ever traditionally were. But we are definitely still seeing the opposite - ...

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A Roomba Review + WIN! An iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

I have never fallen into the “clean freak” category. But now that I am a working mum and we have a baby (still sounds strange even to me… deep down I am still 14 and have a crush on Mr Nerd who is giggling through his braces at the back of my Social Studies class) our house gets dirty eight times faster than it did before.

Not only has Little ...

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Two Apartment House - The Upper Floor Apartment

Ugh, what a frustrating month July turned out to be! We recently started Little Nerd in day care for two days a week so I could have more structure and time to work. It’s been both good and bad.

While he loves day care – the women are lovely, the centre is brilliant and we love seeing all the new things he’s been learning – he’s been there ...

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Two Apartment House - The Ground Floor Apartment

One of the things I have always liked about visiting my mother’s family in Germany has to be the houses. So many European houses have this cosy, loved, familiar feel to them that I find so welcoming.

Another special thing about the houses, to me – and one of the things that really differentiates their residences to ours - is that so many are ...

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How to Drill Holes In Your Walls (and our Pantry Re-Makeover)

It is one of the most basic DIY skills but one of the things I have never been comfortable doing on my own is drilling holes in my walls to hang up pictures and shelves.

Yes, people often mistakenly presume that because I write a blog called House Nerd that I am inherently practical and handy. I am actually more flaky and useless. My worst ...

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WA Architecture Awards 2016

Last night was a celebration of Western Australia’s best architecture with the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 WA Architecture Awards.

Held at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom, the Awards celebrated excellence in the design and construction industry. The WA Architecture Awards is one of my favourite events of the year but I am presently ...

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