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Martin Kemp and wife Shirlie reveal 'grim' reality of huge renovation project

Spandau Ballet star Martin has bought a new home

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Rachel Avery
Homes Editor
Updated: December 7, 2021
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Martin Kemp and his wife Shirlie shocked fans earlier this year when they announced they were leaving their beautiful family home for an ambitious renovation project – and now they've shared the stark reality of the progress.

PHOTOS: Martin and Shirlie Kemp's magical former home

New photos and videos uploaded to their dedicated Instagram account @maisonnumber9 showed the dramatic scenes in their ripped-out kitchen. The stars wrote: "It all looks pretty grim at the moment, but we have made a start which is always exciting." And they also revealed that among the chaos, the tumble dryer was still fully operational!

WATCH: Martin and Shirlie Kemp's former garden is so enchanting 

Later, they uploaded a video of the ceiling being torn down – proving they really are going back to the bare bones to make this house beautiful.

READ: Exclusive: Martin Kemp talks cooking, romance and his fondest 80s memories

MORE: Shirlie Kemp reveals the real reason she and husband Martin Kemp moved

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The couple have removed their kitchen

Despite the current state of their cooking space, the pair have made progress in other parts of their new home, including photographer Shirlie's on-site studio. The room went from drab to fab with a lick of paint and some vintage accessories.

shirlie kemp kitchen© Photo: Instagram

The house is undergoing huge renovations

Next to a video of the transformation, Shirlie explained that the room won't always look this way in the future. "This is my little studio that will be ever-changing for photoshoots but this is how it looks today!" she wrote. Fans were stunned with the new look, writing in the comments section: "Ahh I love seeing new life being brought to old spaces," and: "Yay!!!!! Well done you two!"

WOW: Martin Kemp's new home with wife Shirlie has its own Christmas grotto

martin shirlie before after© Photo: Instagram

The stars have made some great progress already

Shirlie is a big fan of home renovations, and there's a sentimental reason why it's a process close to her heart. She explained all to her followers: "My father was a builder, and I learnt a lot from him about transforming houses. I remember as a little girl I would draw house plans and show my dad and ask him if he would build me a house when I get older.

"Well my love of houses is still there but sadly my dad isn’t here anymore but his spirit will be around as I bring this lovely house back to life #home #victorianhouse #building #interiors #painting #decor #decoratingtips."

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