Kitchen renovation. Before- after.


 When I found this house in 2011 it was outdated and screaming for a makeover. But still I immediately fell love with the old kitchen. Handmade in Rosendal in 1954. So nostalgic. And such a beautiful color!

When I bought the house I did not have anything to do with the town Rosendal at all. I had been here twice during 2011 working. I was amazed with the surroundings, the fjord and mountains. And the constantly changing light shining through the cloudy western sky reflecting in the fjord. It made me calm. I had difficulties finding this calm in Oslo where I was living for the past 20 years. And I wanted change and longed living closer to the countryside and sea. As a freelancer I felt I could live and work here, and travel when needed. So I sold my flat I was living in at the time and became a house owner and owner of 30 metres shoreline in the Hardangerfjord! What a dream! 🙂

I thought I`d show you some pictures from the renovation prosess! There was so much to do, nothing was done since the 70ties, you can imagine! Several of them budget-smart! I will post several rooms on Mondays, next room will be the bathroom! Please stay tuned!

This is the kitchen, you can tell something has been done 🙂 I`ve tried to reuse what I can, but the kitchen needed a more modern and practical solution.

I just had to keep the old kitchen and integrated cutting board. The respatex kitchen countertop is kept too, but a new is built on top of it, giving room for storage!

The floor is linoleum from Storeys, the paint is from Beckers, the new kitchen from Marbodal, lamp from Northern lighting, tiles from Modena.

The lounge area is kitchen closets with practical drawers. The seating and cushioned backrest is made of leftover plank, and old mattress and fabric from Clark & clark / Borge.

Otherwise the porcelain plates are from my mom, grandmother Signe and Fretex. The panorama picture is by the Norwegian photographer Christian Houge.

The table has always been in the kitchen, made once upon a time by the man who built the house. The chairs used to be brown, but have been given a grey coating, the same colour as the floor! The pillows are the old curtains from one of the bedrooms! I do love reusing & redesign!

Let me know what you think! Perhaps you have had a similar project?

Pictures by Filippa Tredal.



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Boligkrise Larvik


On this evenings program of Boligkrise we made interior renovation in Larvik.

The smokey, dark outdated Dj livingroom did not reach potencial customers. The ceiling was really low. I needed to lighten up, remove the smell of cigarette, add some color and make it a av inspirational place to live!

With grafic lines, yellow, black& white, redesign, new furniture and a custom made lounge it really became a room full of sunshine!

Here are the before and after pictures!

Thank you Smail & Hege, you are too cool!

And by the way the house is sold and the couple have moved to France!





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Boligkrise program 3

DSC_5299DSC_5369Boligkrise episode 3. A dark interior with alot of sloppy work done gave this home a undelicate approach. The owners had been trying to sell for a while, without luck.

The interior was begging for help.

I decided to lighten it all up giving the heavy look a little lightness.

The wooden walls were painted in a light blue. a1510-r80b which gave the livingroom and kitchen a feeling of air and the sky.

The dark painted and black furniture was switched out with white furniture and made out of natural materials. Some elements like the black wall candleholder was spraypainted in gold. So easy!

The kitchen was painted closet doors were painted in white and inside some of the closets I chose a green to give depth and a wow factor. The kitchen tiles were painted in greens and blues with an epoxy paint, ask at your paint store!

And the terracotta tiles in the hall got a coat of deep blue paint s5020-r90b. A simple way to redo tiles without removing them.

All furniture from Ikea.

All in all a makeover with a smart budget, don`t you think?


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Interior: From dark to light and bright, Boligkrise


I love interior makeovers! Before and after. Using what you have, but adding a little new and of course paint!

Boligkrise episode 2 from Arendal was a total makeover in an beautiful white house by the sea. Before the makeover it was furnished with dark furniture and dark painted elements. The house had been for sale a year without being sold.

The house deserved a lighter look situated in the south of Norway and so close to the sea. And they really needed a fence around the property!

The family needed help so the Boligkrise team moved in for 5 days to redo the home and make it ready for sale.

Here are before and after pictures! And please follow Boligkrise on Facebook! 

Signe 🙂

All lamps from Northern design// Furniture in livingroom Ikea// Furniture in diningroom Ikea except table from Jysk// Kitchen furniture from Ikea, fridge from Gorenje// Plants from Plantasjen!


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