|pic snapped on the fly this past summer – better shot to come once I get my own computer back up and running ;)|
Very quickly we found ourselves in the crazy under-contract purgatory of “offer accepted but still not homeowners” area. Which hopefully explains why the past two months have been so quiet here on the blog as we worked with the bank, seller, appraiser, inspector…any of you who have been through it, you know what I’m talking about: it’s a lot!
I don’t have access to my photos (borrowing hubby’s laptop for the time being), but here’s a quick tour of some of the home from when the former owner was still living there (I’ll be showing a lot more in the coming months!):
This is the small living room that we’re converting to be the dining room.
The large dining room that will work better as our living room. This is one “keeping the historic accuracy” I’ll make an exception for: the reasoning for the switch of the dining/living rooms is that we entertain and use our living room much more than the dining room, so to have the living room in the bigger of the two rooms makes more sense for our lifestyle.
A look through the doorway into our kitchen. Dontcha all just love that faux brick…? (please hear my sarcasm). Through the glazed glass door on the far left is the original butler’s pantry. Technically it’s not a “butler’s” pantry as it isn’t between the kitchen and dining room, but it’s so fancy in there that I can’t bring myself to simply call it “the pantry”. I’ll also be stripping the paint off of the beadboard around the wall, which will be a task-and-a-half. The owners who painted these (and so many other things) applied the paint sooo thickly and every paint-stroke shows – it looks bad. Additionally, if the wood beneath this ugly paint job looks as good as the untouched beadboard in the butler’s pantry, I’ll be re-staining it.
|the formal entryway|
This formal entryway just killed us when we first saw it. It was definitely one of the features that made this home stand out to us.
It’s also the room that needs the most work:
- the floors need to be sanded and re-stained (whoever did it before used an orbital sander and left tons of rounded marks in the floor where they let it stay for too long).
- stair treads need sanded and re-stained
- the dark stain on the stair sides (not sure what that area is called – anyone?) was applied with a BRUSH and shows all the brushstrokes. Has to be stripped and re-stained.
- The stair banister needs to be stained to match the rest of the stairs.
- the spindles are in no way original to the house and we want to replace them with historically accurate spindles. They would have been either a simple 4-square or turned/rounded. The ones in place right now have all sorts of squared angles and cuts. The problem we face with removing them though is the person actually chiseled grooves into the banister to fit them in *facepalm*. It’s gonna take some work both to get them out and to repair what the owner did.
- walls need painting. The cold white is too much of a contrast and I’d like to soften it up a bit.
- it’s the entryway – we need some glam! Need to find a beautiful light fixture for both the entryway and the vestibule.
|what we’ve dubbed as the “wallpaper room”, soon to be guest room|
|the “blue room” – to be the office|
|the “angry bird” room, which is the smallest bedroom. Not sure what we’re doing with this room yet.|
|the “red room”, to be the master bedroom|
|all of the upstairs rooms have their own transom window!|
|I absolutely love the radiators! Learned that these are referred to as “dog-earred” radiators because of the “ears” on each row|
|closer look at the detail in the newel|
Close-up on the details on the vestibule door – yes, a vestibule! As you can also see from this pic tho, the former owner/s once again didn’t do such a hot job painting a lot of the doors (and I have to also ask why would you paint them?!), so lots of time will be spent correcting this and bringing the doors back to their natural beautiful wood, which I’m excited for.
|the mudroom and laundry|
This old home has so much potential, and we’re excited to unlock it and bring it back to its historic roots. It’s gonna be quite the ride! Reinforcements and opinions will be more than welcome as we tackle each room. Be sure to subscribe and follow along! :)
Shared On: thatdiyparty, elizabethandcovintage, creativityunleashed