Friday, May 6, 2011

House Update!

As many of you know, I recently bought a house. It's an older home - built somewhere between 1900 and 1930 (there's some debate on that matter), and probably hasn't been updated since the late '70s.

There were two different types of carpet throughout - the dining room and living room had brown shag, and the bedroom, spare bedroom, and den all had commercial grade ugly green/blue. It's assumed that this is because these three rooms appear to have been additions to the house, but we're not entirely sure. The entire house is an off-white, except for the kitchen, which was yellow (including the ceiling) with aqua subway tiles. The bathroom still has a blue toilet, sink, and tub. :-)

Now, personally I like the retro look, so not much is changing - at least not right away. I did update the paint in the kitchen - still yellow, but bolder. It now has white on the ceiling and Benjamin Moore "Sun-Kissed Yellow" on the walls. And I plan to paint all the rest of the rooms as well.

We're finding all kinds of little quirks throughout the house. For instance, on inspection day, I noticed two little hand prints on the wall in the dining room. The walls were done in faux plaster, and apparently one of the kids stuck their hands in it, and mom (or dad) didn't have the heart to spackle over it. Very cute. However, we've now found more hand prints, and even tiny little footprints just inside the doorway that leads down the hall to the bedroom. Too cute!

The dining room and living room carpet came up easily, to reveal beautiful hardwood floors. Awesome! The other rooms,  however, had the carpet glued down. So we've scheduled an installation of laminate flooring by Home Depot, around the 15th. We replaced the stove and fridge - that was a fiasco. Suffice it to say, I'm not using Lowes for anything *ever* again.

Today Hubby is there supervising the removal of 12 shrubs and 1 tree while I'm at the Evil Day Job. I've ordered red glass knobs and pulls for the cabinets, and bought all new appliances (microwave, coffee pot, etc) - because red is going to be my accent color in the kitchen.

We're still waiting on the installation of the fence before we can officially move in. Hopefully we'll hear something on that soon. So far everything's come in under budget, so I should get to June with no money left, but everything done. LOL

This weekend I'm going to try to finish the kitchen - The Boy is helping with the shelf paper (ripping out the old, putting down the new) and I've got one more coat of paint to put on the walls, then tackle the cabinets. Unfortunately when the previous owners painted the cabinets, they painted OVER the hinges. So I've got some paint remover and I'm going to see if I can get that off there. I'm sure the hardware is quite old and pretty.

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