Our Home Makeover: Before & After

We bought our home in late 2016, completely unfurnished, and have spent a fair amount of time (and money) on making it our home. We’re pretty happy with the results, so I thought I might as well just share it with you guys.

The apartment is 45 square meters, which means that we had to be clever with fitting all the furniture. This meant several IKEA trips and a lot of planning (and there’s no IKEA in Estonia, yet. So we had to visit the one in Helsinki or Riga).

Apologies for the quality of the ‘before’ pictures… These are the only ones I have.


Our hallway is basically in our kitchen, but I can’t complain, as it still fits all our winter jackets and other necessary stuff.


Unfurnished hallway/coridor


Furnished hallway scandinavian style


I’m in love with our kitchen – it’s tiny, but super compact and fits everything. My first criterion was to have a dishwasher. And even though all the plumbers said it won’t fit, I proved them wrong. It has worked flawlessly ever since.

About the kitchen tiles – it took us about a year and a half to get the backsplash tiled properly, as there is a shortage of excellent tilers, and we couldn’t get our stuff together either. We finally found a tiler who did an excellent job, and I’m super happy with the result.

We also had to think through the whole kitchen concept very thoroughly. As you can see from the pictures, the door to the bathroom is right by the kitchen, and the regular 60cm deep kitchen countertop would’ve been too big. So we asked them to make the countertop 55cm deep for the first 40cm. And it fits like a glove!

The kitchen fits all of our home appliances: dishwasher, washer, induction stove, oven, refrigerator, exhaust hood, coffee machine, and a Nutribullet.


unfurnished kitchen


scandinavian style kitchen

These cute red retro storage boxes originate from Ronald’s aunt’s house and we were lucky to receive them as a gift.

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Living Room

The living room is the room that has seen the most re-adjustments. For example, we’ve had 3 couches, 2 dining tables, 2 different sets of chairs, etc. Most of the adjustments occurred after we got our dog. He managed to destroy a lot of the furniture, so we just had to get new stuff.

And let’s be honest – I was also eager to re-decorate everything, as I just love interior design and planning.


living room before
living room with heater


living room after black couch
living room after

A side note: We do have a tv, but we don’t have a cable, and we rarely use it.

living room after, with dining table and bookshelf


Behind these 2 awesome tall doors is the bedroom. This room has seen almost no change at all (after we furnished it, of course), as our dog didn’t cause major damage there.


empty bedroom before
empty bedroom before with window


bedroom furnished after
furnished bedroom and ikea bed
tall doors
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Our bathroom is tiny, and it has stayed pretty much the same as when we bought it. It was tiled well since the beginning and we only had to buy some extra furniture.


bathroom before
bathroom before


tiny bathroom after
tiny shower cap

Something to Keep in Mind when Buying Property…

This apartment was for sale in 2016 for quite some time. The location, price, and everything else was absolutely awesome, so I’m surprised nobody bought it before us.

When you look at the before pictures, or when you see really ugly apartments, then try to look at the potential. I feel like people are ready to pay so much more for a fully ready and furnished solution.

So, if you want to invest in real estate, then always look for the potential, not how it looks currently. The best-looking apartments are often overpriced.

We are currently in the process of buying our second apartment (this time fully for investment purposes, and in Pärnu), and it’s the exact same thing. When you look at it, it doesn’t look spectacular. But it’s actually much higher in value than for what it’s being sold.

The fixes are often very easy – this new one just needs a new fresh coat of paint and a kitchen update. Considering the fact that we get it for a really cheap price, it seems like it’s going to be a great deal. Soon, I will talk about it a bit more… so stay tuned!

All ‘after’ pictures are captured by Gloria Maria Koppa.

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