Last night Kyle set up a little bonfire and we cozied up with some wine and a notepad. We wanted to take a moment to write down every little project we wanted to do to the house in the next year...
Sometimes when people are looking for houses (and I am an expert in this, after all I regularly have House Hunter watching sprees on Netflicks), they want something that is already perfect. Something where the walls are painted the right color, the yard is manicured and pristine, the kitchen is shiny and new. We, however, didn't really want that. We wanted an old Craftsman home. A home that perhaps didn't have holes in the wall or a caved in roof, but also didn't have someone else's perfect kitchen. We have a soft spot for our old sloped wood floors (yes - a marble will roll down our living room), crooked door ways, not to mention I have a major soft spot for all the original door knobs. When I open a door, I think about all the other people that have turned that knob in the last 97 years. I happened to be watching a House Hunter episode last night in which the lady hated claw foot tubs. Hate claw foot tubs???!? Our claw foot tub is the pride and joy of the bathroom and taking a bath in it is the best.thing.ever.
While we love all the original character, there are things we are constantly improving on. In the last year the interior walls were repainted and the backyard was given an overhaul with a chicken area, a garden area... Oh, and don't forget the Granada Cottage. That was the major renovation project of 2013-2014! When we bought the house it was the number one priority so we could return to welcoming airbnb guests. There are still a lot of things that need to be done. So far in 2015, we've had the moldings in the house repainted a nice clean white (they were a dirty looking yellow color) and that has already made a huge difference. Each time we talk about the house, we think of more projects. I truly think the best part of owning an older home is celebrating its past and traditional features while putting your own stamp on it.
Here are a few house project goals for 2015:
1. Paint the exterior
Right now, the house is beige with periwinkle blue trim. While it isn't the worst color combo in the world, it isn't really us. We have been thinking about having the house painted this year. We are thinking grey base, white trim, with either dark grey or black accents in the windows. We love color so we will have colorful plants and porch furniture & accessories to balance out the neutral paint job. Here are some of my favorite inspiration pictures:
2. Bathroom refresh
At some point our kitchen needs a total overhaul. We just aren't quite ready to tackle that beast of a project! In the meantime, I would love to do a little refresh of the bathroom. The last owners did a good job of updating it yet keeping it in style with the house. However, I would love to do a paint or maybe wallpaper change. As well as give the clawfoot tub some resealing love.
I know what you're thinking... more shades of black & white?? If you have been to our house, you would know that it is full of colorful furniture & art work. With a small bathroom space, I am leaning towards keeping it crisp and clean. Just can't decide whether that means grey, black, or this fun wallpaper by Abigail Edwards.
3. Create a bedroom sanctuary
We fell into that typical homeowner rut where everything takes priority over your bedroom. When we moved in we quickly repainted the guest bedroom to make it an inviting space for guests, yet we have never touched a space we spend time in. Mismatched wall paint, mismatched furniture, no curtain or doors on closet - that gives you an idea of what the space is now. It does have a headboard Kyle built with pallet wood and has two custom bronze lights also built by Kyle. It also has dreamy faded grey sheets and crisp white bedding. It is time to bring it all together and give it a fresh coat of paint and finish accessorizing. I love the idea of a dark blue or turquoise wall color - do we just paint the wall behind the headboard or the whole spaceÇ
Already all just these projects alone seem like a lot of work, and they are the easy facelift ones. Just need to pick out the paint and make it happen¡ There are some not so fun projects such as new gutters, fixing the yard drainage system... One of our other big goals for better curb appeal other than having the exterior painted is to have the landscaping redone. We have tried do to little things here and there to improve the front yard, yet it usually ends up looking mismatched. I think for once we might need to hire a landscape designer to help us bring it all together.
I am excited to accomplish some of these goals and look forward to sharing the progress with you. Would love any and all feedback¡ Such as wallpaper bathroomÇ Hmmmmm...