A rustic renovation in 1 shade of grey.

A rustic renovation in 1 shade of grey.

After trying (and failing) to sell our house, we admitted defeat and decided to improve rather than move and change what we didn’t like with our little home. This was no mean feat and looking back was more stressful than I anticipated but it was all worth it. It’s a year on now from finishing it all and I’m starting to get the decorating bug again! Our first project was to rip out the dated 1980’s alcove shelving with its artex plastering, the gas fire and to strip the wooden floors back. With children and a dog, we needed something that was easy to clean and Hubby longed to put his chainsaw skills to task by installing a log burner.

Grey and cream living room Mum in a Nutshell

Rustic grey and cream living room

It was all done on quite a tight budget. I spent hours trawling the internet to get the best possible prices and up cycled the wooden furniture with Annie Sloan paint. Even the runner is an off cut from Teenager’s bedroom carpet.

home style photo shoot with a photo bombing baby

Never try and take home decor photos with a crawling, mischievous baby on the loose. I didn’t have the heart to edit him out though so here’s the original, bare bones version!

I’ve recently changed the colour scheme to grey & cream. The whole of our downstairs is open plan so I’ve kept the same muted colours through out. Pinterest has been my main source of inspiration, if you’re all about the greys (no, not that grey!) you can follow my Home Decor board where I’m still on the look out for new ideas

Annie Sloan up cycled welsh dresser with Emma Bridgewater crockery Mum in a nutshell

Annie Sloan chalk paint up cycled Welsh dresser with Emma Bridgewater crockery

I found the dresser on ebay, it was originally dark brown but I sanded it back and painted it in the same Annie Sloane that I’d used in the living room, just leaving the work top in a bare waxed finish.  The wall sticker is a reminder of our family rules. I love using them as quick, cheap decorating updates.

Slate Top Table, bench and mismatched chairs in a neutral dining room

Slate topped dining table, perfect for withstanding all that family life has to throw at it.

The slate table is on loan from a small firm in Devon called Slate Top Tables  I write the evening meal on it, place names, the boys use it for homework to practice spellings amongst other things. We’re finding more and more each day, meal times are definitely more fun! Although the best thing has got to be not having the worry of it being ruined or stained, I’ve even used it for a quick ironing job!   I’m getting itchy fingers again and scouring Pinterest for some more inspiration for my next project, Tween’s bedroom.



  1. 24th February 2015 / 7:06 pm

    I totally fell ya hun. Absolutely STUNNING house. Don’t move, it’s gorgeous and I love your taste. We’ll be doing the same. At least you tested the waters. Xxx

    • 24th February 2015 / 7:22 pm

      awwww thank you, that’s so lovely of you. You’re right, at least we tried. Pinterest is doing me no favours though, I keep wanting to decorate all the time!

  2. 25th February 2015 / 10:29 am

    I love your style. We are moving soon and are being given a dresser that I plan to paint with chalk paint too. You colour scheme is very calming x #sharewithme

    • 25th February 2015 / 8:31 pm

      The chalk paint is so easy to use, pretty fail safe. Good luck with the move.

  3. Jenny
    25th February 2015 / 11:05 am

    I love grey and cream and that is what my house is mostly and I am always revamping rooms. We might be moving and the thought that I get to redecorate again is amazing. I would do all greys and creams and neutrals it’s so inviting and cozy. I love what you have done. beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 25th February 2015 / 3:46 pm

      Thank you Jenny. I’m still looking for more accessories. Need some inspiration though.

  4. El and Baby A
    25th February 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I love it!! Want to come re-decorate my house? X

    • 25th February 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Ha! I’m still rearranging everything and keep changing my mind

  5. 25th February 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Bless ya, it took us 3 years to sell, and another year to buy! It looks like you are doing a grand job of giving that property a new lease of life! #sharewithme

    • 25th February 2015 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you. The boys still want to move but I’m happy where we are

  6. 27th February 2015 / 9:32 am

    Love, love, love the dress and table! Gorgeous colours.


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