If you follow the blog, you know we live in a fixer-upper. We are the second owners. The previous owners were in their 90’s when they died, and we bought it from the children who grew up here.
Nothing was really done to the house in the years before we bought it, because many of the homes surrounding us are tear-downs. So I assume the owners thought a builder would just demo the place. But this house is too great to demo. It’s mid-century-modern, designed by Haskins & Rice architects, and we plan to keep it just the way it is. (I don’t need more space to clean.)
Because it’s a fixer-upper the interior design needs some attention. There’s the original kitchen and baths. There are three layers of wallpaper in nearly every room and no blinds. We had to replace the HVAC, re-wire and put new floors in when we moved in because it was all old, old, old. That left little money in the budget for the pretty things like paint and blinds. (I always say the money is in the walls, where you can’t see it. Come up in my attic, and I will show you the beautiful new HVAC!)
We plan to remodel some day and are waiting to paint and add all the accoutrements then.
But then Baby Girl started getting up at 5:30 a.m. in the summer. Mama needs sleep, so we’ve decided to put blinds in her room. To do that, we had to paint it.
So today, it gets painted pink, white and purple — every girls’ dream. Well, actually, today they are removing the wallpaper. Monday it gets painted. Below are some before photos. Stay tuned.
PS — I practice what I preach. I re-use. One bed is from a garage sale, the other is also used, but purchased from Eclectic Furniture Garden. Both are painted Proposal by Benjamin Moore.