Truth be told, we’ve had the keys for over a year now but every day life has put blogging on the back burner. Even though we’ve been in the house a little over a year we still consider ourselves to be new homeowners and of course, DIY’ers. So we still have a responsibility to post about projects and updates and a bunch of images of the stuff going on over here.
To get things started again, here are a few pics of the house as it was when we got the keys. A lot of the shrubs had been neglected and were pretty much left for dead. The plan? Yank ‘em out.
The previous owner also decided rocks were a great landscaping choice. Our thoughts? Not so much.
The house didn’t actually have a front door when we first saw it, just a security screen door. Once the house actually went on the market as a foreclosure, the wonderful folks at HUD put a lovely piece of plywood with a dummy handle on it behind the screen door. HUD is super classy. But at least when you enter the front door you’re greeted by a gorgeous built-in “welcome mat” made of rocks and wood-grain tile. The tile job in the house is actually really well done…not exactly our style and it will get changed out eventually, but it’s well done. We just wish that built-in floor mar wasn’t there. No biggie though.
Hello wallpaper, popcorn ceilings and wood paneling! Early on the to-do list will be “goodbye wallpaper, popcorn ceilings and wood paneling!”. The shelving unit around the fireplace had some pretty sweet custom doors on it….
Upon closer inspection, the inserts on the cabinet doors look like they mixed up a batch of resin with a bunch of metal shavings in it. After pouring it and letting it dry they must have grinded or chiseled in those lines. Super custom.
Say what you will about the way this kitchen looks, but it’s actually in pretty decent shape. True, it looks totally 70′s/80′s but there is TONS of storage space (there’s more cabinets behind the camera). One of the highlights of this kitchen, believe it or not, is the oven/stove. It’s a pretty sweet Jenn-Air. We’ve found that throughout most of this property, the previous owner knew what they were doing and they took the time and money to do things right.
There’s an addition that we’re calling the “family room”. It’s a cool little room with a bunch of windows. Unfortunately there’s more wallpaper and all that brick facade that needs to come down but we’ll get to that eventually! According to a neighbor, that larger bricked area used to have a wood burning stove/fireplace, and even though it was mentioned in the description of the house listing, it wasn’t there when we went to see it. Whatev’s.
This is where the keys were hung…in the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s, 2000′s. For the time being, the tradition lives on with us! (besides, we can’t get the stupid thing off without damaging the cabinetry, haha!)
The office-to-be. If flowery silver & blue reflective mirror-like wallpaper doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will! And you gotta love the baby blue paint and how it overpowers the brass/white/wicker ceiling fan :)
The hallway has a mirror at the end that makes it look a million miles long. The scalloped edge trim is super modern too.
Fortunately, the majority of the changes that needed to be dealt with were just cosmetic, like the bathroom lights and roller stencil paint job…..
…..and while we love avocados, we prefer them as guacomole, not toilet colors. This thing’s history ASAP!
This is some crazy lattice! There used to be a jacuzzi in there. It’s currently inoperable and sitting in the neighbor’s driveway. Oh well, as long as it doesn’t become an eyesore! Anyway, lattice isn’t really our thing so this is coming down too.
The side yard was bananas! The side was so overgrown it was ridiculous. Looks like we’ve got a lot of hacking ahead of us!
These were just a few early photos of how this house sat when we moved in. We have tons more and they’ll make it up here eventually…probably in some posts about other things. We have LOTS of plans and projects lined up for this house. A lot of hard work ahead but we’re ready for it. :)