Our Victorian Terrace: Courtyard Transformation | Before & After

If you follow me on Instagram (@RutlandBlog) you'll know that we've been doing lots of DIY around the home during lockdown - preparing to sell our first home!


We bought our first home - a Victorian terrace built in 1890 - in 2015 and did all the main renovations in 30 days before we moved in on Christmas Eve.

Since then, we've been making the house a home and with the extra time we had during lockdown, we've been painting, upcycling furniture and we finally got to round to the final piece of the puzzle, the courtyard.


When we bought the house, the courtyard was very neglected and we always dreamt of it being a private and relaxing place we could enjoy in the summer evenings.

Before: 2015

On Instagram, I've been sharing little sneak peeks of the transformation and it's finally complete! For the big reveal, I thought I'd collate all the information in a blog so you can #ShopTheLook and find out what we did and what we bought!


The finished courtyard now features a private relaxing space, which is also a little sun trap! We installed a wood burner for colder evenings and accessorised with a herb trough, outdoor rug, plants and handmade decor pieces such as a hanging twig star and coffee sack cushions.

Yesterday, our house went on the market with Rutland estate agent Hurfords - so if you fancy taking a further look around our home, you can visit the RightMove listing here: https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-82878919.html

After: July 2020

Wood & Walls:

Gates & Fencing: B&M Bargains from £34.99

Wall Paint: Plymouth Grey from Sandtex

Gates & Fence Paint: Crown Paint in Slate Grey


Furniture: Bamboo Stacking Chairs: Homebase £55 NOW: £33 SALE

Outdoor Rug: Very.co.uk £52.99 (230X160)

Vintage Galvanised Chest: £35 (bought in 2015) from Gilberts in Uppingham


Plants & Accessories:

Plants: from Welland Vale Garden Inspirations in Uppingham | AD • Paid Partnership

Genuine Sheepskin Rugs: eBay £30

Cushions: Inners from Dunelm and cushion covers handmade from Two Chimps Coffee sacks | AD • Paid Partnership

Clock: £49.99 (bought in 2016) from Anvils Interiors in Stamford

Woodburner: eBay Auction

Galvanised Inspired Planter: £5.99 TK Maxx / Homesense

Mirror: £26.95 eBay and upcycled with Rustoleum Spray Paint


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