Before & After Guest Blogger: Ness from Marley & Lockyer

Hi there!
I just wanted to say thanks to Lauren for asking me to join this fantastic group of talented guest bloggers on her beautiful blog. You know by now that Lauren LOVES a makeover and we are no strangers to this. I am going to show you all some before and afters of our old Australian home which was built in...

1883. This is the original date stone from our house. It is now in the
garden as we have a veranda where this used to be and thankfully the people
who built it never covered it over.


Our home looked a little too like a dolls house for my taste, so
we spent 5 weeks painting this old place to look like this...


We had to remove the old rails as they were all rotten and left it open to let more light in. The cottage flowers have been moved to other areas and box hedges put in their place along the veranda. They are growing nicely now. My Dad done all the wood work, so all we paid for was the materials! We get a lot of people stopping to take photos of this lovely old place, which used to be the Doctors residence in the 1800's. All of the colours are from>.  Main colour is 'Warm Grey', trim 'Antique White USA', and the darker grey is 'Woodland Grey'.Dulux>, 'Chalk White USA'. We also had to get a custom hall runner made as our hall
is really wide and a standard size one just looked lost!
BuysterLighting and is just right for this home...not too flashy and a little subdued. The sofa with the pattern is being covered as we speak to match the other sofa, which I covered myself with a drop sheet. It looks so much like my expensive linen and with two little boys running about, linen is an option we will go with later. You might notice there is no rug down...well this is taken up in Summer and with the boys in and out we just pull it up and put it back down come Autumn. The canvas is temporary and is normally above our bed, my Sister painted it for me as a gift and nearly
everything you see has been picked up at old wares stores, charity shops, markets and the like.

The trunk was $5.00 and all of the pillows on the sofa are from myStore.


Next up is the kitchen. We have an amazing big cast iron combustion stove in here which makes the best winter stews. This shot was taken when we viewed the house and the previous owner was a folk artist and loved the real country look.


Gone are the mice and the dolls etc. I gave the mantel a fresh coat of paint and painted the black brickwork in a stone coloured paint, inspired by Tricia Foley's Long Island home.

You can see the stone paint a little better here. This mantel changes weekly, so not many shots of this are the same. This mirror was hung to bounce some more light around and was made by Dad with mirror tiles from Ikea and scrap wood.

Here is a shot of the kitchen when we viewed the home. It was only recently that I have painted the cupboards. We lived with this 70's wood for nearly 7 years!


A fresh coat of 'Chalk White USA' and some chalkboard paint made the cupboards look so much better. This was taken before our brushed nickel handles arrived. We also put in a new kitchen window and added the wicker roman blinds. The iron chandelier above the table was $10 from a cheap junk shop. The bloom sign was painted by me from left over exterior paint and scrap wood (and I know it is crooked in this shot, it moves all the time). I really like this space now.


Next up is the bathroom. It actually looked worse than this when we bought it can you believe?! The bath was black, the walls were a bile creamy colour and it had a yellowy pull down blind on the windows which stopped any light coming in.


A coat of primer over that cheap pine and some white enamel paint and a fresh coat of white on the tub outside has made such a difference already.


Now for the inside. This was the dark hallway when we first moved in. There was really thin ranch board (the fake wood stuff) on the walls and a very dated colour scheme. Oh, and the red carpet we named 'Prostitute Red' was horrid!


Much better. New plaster board, polished floor boards and a lighter colour palette let so much more light in and all of this was done by my Husband, Mic, his Uncle and I.


This shot doesn't do that red carpet justice!! The old arch in the hall way blocked a lot of light also, so it had to go too.

Another angle of the hallway. This is when I painted it white and it was this way for about a week. Mic didn't like the all white, so I painted it back to a shade he thought was the original!!! All of the carpets were ripped up and the original boards were sanded and polished with a high gloss. We had the pro's do this as there was a lot of work with the old wood.

The colour in here between the picture rails and chair rails is a custom colour which I matched from a piece of linen and the white is from

I am sorry but I couldn't find any before shots of our living area. This is the family room and we have a main living area which is our main bedroom at the moment (I will show you in a moment). The same colours are carried through in here and we added the double French doors as the windows were rotten and could not be opened and I am a fresh-air-aholic!. We get the most amazing breeze from the ocean through these doors as you can see.

Here is a shot through the French doors. The light fitting is from  .We have since ripped up the disgusting linoleum floor to expose the original Tasmanian Oak floorboards from the 1880's.  Mostly they are in great condition, but there are a few which we need replacements for and finding them is proving to be difficult. They are an inch thick and you can't put new ones in as they stand out (we tried in the kitchen) and they will never get the patina of old the search continues. The mirror here is by Dad, and the little cupboard Dad made also out of an old wardrobe to get us by until we renovate this room properly. At the moment our laundry is in here too...the room is massive and we will be adding some walls to section off the laundry from the bathroom...stay tuned!


We are blessed to have 5 fireplaces in this old home, but they were not all that pretty when we bought it!
This one is in the main living room which is now our bedroom. We don't need 2 living areas as we like to be together. I wanted to show you this one as it is the most dramatic change I think. The old mantel was cracked and my Mum rescued it for her own place (Dad fixed it) and we found a great one in the garage under some old wood the previous owner left behind!

We painted this 'new' one white and used the stone coloured paint to cover the Burgundy that was one the tiles, actually it was more purple than burgundy (I have a horrible name for this colour, but lets not go there!).
The purple was painted white also and the red carpet, which had a iron burn right in the middle of the floor, was ripped up and the floorboards painted with> Cabot's Timber Colour in Chalk USA...and what a difference it made. So, as you can see I love a challenge...and a bargain. If you would like to see more, just head over to myblog or to myStore. I would love to have you.

Thank you again Lauren for asking me to take part. I enjoyed finding the old photos.
It just reminded us how far the old place has come.
Ness xx

Ness!  THe difference in the house is night & day!! It's so light & airy & easy breezy now. You did such a beautiful job on your home & thanks so much for sharing it with us!!


Red Door Home said...

I love following Ness's blog. She is very talented and creative!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow what a beautiful transformation.

Totally pure and simple. :)

I've been super swamped, but was just able to catch up on blog reading. Love Justin's nursery. Now I just need to figure out a weekend to come visit so I can check it out in person.

Miss you!



Living It At Home said...

I love how old the house is and the transformation to make it fresh and updated. Really well done and shows such creativity with tons of talent thrown in!

Thank you for the tour! Enjoyed seeing your before and after.


Dreamy Whites said...

I LOVE Ness, I love following her. This was the first time I have seen a lot of her photos of her home. I love what Ness has done to her home. She is a very talented girl! I also found out about your blog because of Ness.
Great post!
Take Care,

white flower farmhouse said...

Hi Lauren, It was great to see Ness as your guest blogger. What a treat to see the way house once was before she transformed it with her amazing style. All the best, Lori

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love it! isn't blogging great, that we get to see a houses all across the world with the click of a button. So neat!

The House That A-M Built said...

Yay Ness, lovely to see it all together in one comprehensive post... boy you have been busy! Love from one of your loyal Aussie fans! A-M xx

Ness Lockyer said...

Thank you so much Lauren for including me. I really feel like a lot has been done now that I have done this post...maybe I will have a little break!
Ness xx

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

incredible transformation, looks like a different place!

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

Wow, what an amazing transformation. Hard to choose a favorite but I really love what you've done with the fireplace. Beautiful.

Alison Gibbs said...

Ness it is amazing to see the transformation of your home in the one post. Love it

Little Emma English Home said...

Ness has an extraordianry taste, loved to see her home makeover. So much to learn about!! Great post, thank you Lauren, hugs xx

Tricia said...

Such fun to see all of Ness's fabulous home in one post. Both of you ladies have such vision and talent AND inspire me endlessly.

Thanks for sharing.

Haven and Home said...

Looks great and I love that it is so old!

shella said...

What a transformation!

gigi girl said...

I truly love the way you took a "diamond in the rough" and transformed it into a lovely home keeping costs down. You are truly my kind of woman! Thanks for sharing!

Tiina said...

fabulous re-do's!
have a sweet day :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a beautiful home! She did an amazing job with that lovely transformation! Thanks for sharing pics!!

Velvet and Linen said...

Ness is one of my all time favorite bloggers. I could live in her home (or any place she designs). It's great to see all of her updates in one place. Just beautiful and serene.


Averill said...

Amazing how some simple white (or gray) paint can completely transform a house. Incredible!

OneCraftyFox said...

Thank you so much for welcoming us into your home, Ness, the transformation is amazing!!

Great guest blog, Lauren :)

LindsB said...

Wow, what a difference! Each room had such a drastic transformation and the outcome is beautiful- what a great job!

@^$$^#* said...

blog is so sweet i visit it daily
how to replace ur window at your home without go any where.
it"s interasting

Bespoke Letterpress Boutique said...

Oh a beautiful transformation - so lovely to see fellow Aussies bring back our old homesteads to life!