Stacey Solomon reveals before and after photos of Essex home after being forced to redecorate before selling her house

STACEY Solomon has revealed before and after photos of her Essex home after being forced to redecorate before selling her house.

The Loose Women star has moved to her £1.2m "forever home" with fiance Joe Swash, but first had to revamp the family's former house for the new owners.

Stacey, 38, took to her Instagram stories to share a snap of her once gloriously pink utility room.

It was previously filled with pink decor, including flowers, laminated cupboards and framed pictures.

She captioned it and wrote: "Thank you pink room", adding a crying emoji.

The 'after' image saw the same room now in muted shades of grey and white.

In a video she showed herself peeling off the pink from the cupboards with the Spice Girls song Goodbye being played in the background.

She later joked: "You'll be surprised as I was to find not everyone likes pink in their utility room!"

The mum-of-three spent the day tidying up their old house before handing over the keys permanently.

Stacey jet washed the patio, while Joe, 39, took charge of cleaning the windows.

She commented: "I'd be really embarrassed to leave random things like the vinyl on when everything else is gone and I feel it would be savage not to give everything a really good clean.

"Also imagine the judgement if someone finds one speck or dirt or hole in the wall…"

Last week the Tap to Tidy author revealed they'd purchased their "forever home".

The couple spent months house hunting and shared with fans their stunning countryside cottage.

The £1.2m property in Essex has been named Pickle Cottage and Stacey was overcome with emotion on Monday as she shared her first family photo from her new house.

Stacey and Joe hugged in the sweet snap taken outside the home, while their son Rex crawled on the grass and Stacey's sons Zachary and Leighton wrestled nearby.

She captioned her photo with a gushing tribute to her family, writing: "? Home Sweet Home ? And so a new chapter begins ? We can not even describe how strange it feels that this is home. ?

"Never in a million years did we ever think this would be. We feel so lucky and are so grateful to have found this hidden treasure closer to our family and further out.

"We can’t wait to fill it with love and give it our everything. To raise our family here. And to just start a fresh. I’m very emotional for some reason. It still hasn’t sunk in and doesn’t quite feel real.

"Thank you for all of your supportive, kind, loving messages. We love you to the moon and back and I can’t wait to show you around… ?

"Here’s to the next chapter in pickle cottage ?"

Stacey's friends and family shared her excitement for her big move, as Loose Women co-star Ruth Langsford wrote: "Welcome to your new home…it looks gorgeous! ❤️"

And Nadia Sawalha said: "So excited for you guys ! Can’t wait to try out your cooker !!"

While Saira Khan said: "Congratulations Stacey and Joe, what a beautiful home for a beautiful family ❤️"

Mum-of-three Stacey showed teasers of the scenic landscape around the property, which has been aptly named Pickle Cottage after her youngest son Rex, who is nicknamed "pickle".

Pictures show a closer look at the huge home, which features Tudor-style wooden beam detailing on the outside of the property.

The wooden beams run throughout the country home, with Stacey detailed is "further from the city and closer to their family" in Essex.

The kitchen is fitted with oak cupboards and a large green cooker and gas hob, with tiled flooring and large panelled windows.

A small snug living room sits on the side of the house, as well as a bright conservatory and large carpeted drawing room with library shelves.

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