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Friday, August 8, 2014

Here’s A Home That Would Be Fun To Update

This Tudor styled brick beauty is a four bedroom three bath gem just waiting to happen.

It was built in 1976. The big windows are fantastic in this dining area. I spy a popcorn ceiling and see that the calico wallpaper is already removing itself in the lower right corner. A pretty chandelier and a bit of wainscoting would look lovely.

Here is where I send all the men into seizure. I would paint the brick and the built ins err brick ins???? It would be visually softer yet still remain a focal point of the room. Would you remove the faux beams on the ceiling?

A few images for Mr. Décor who just might fall into the “seizure” category. :)

A painted brick fireplace makes this corner reading nook extra cozy.

Do you prefer a solid white or perhaps just a whitewash?

love the look of the light walls and cabinets with dark woods. the red brick was given a sandblasted look with paint and whitewash...brilliant!

In many ways this room just makes me Brady Bunch happy. I mean it has an intercom system!

Since the space doesn’t appear to have any windows I would probably brighten up the walls like this:


Or a soft gray…

The painted paneling and candles on metal tray.

…or perhaps a bit of blue.

It has a good size kitchen. I believe the cabinets are original which would make them almost 40 years old. They could be repurposed as storage in the garage.

Here is a similar layout.

kitchen + island

I would carry similar white cabinets into the bathroom areas as well. I am thinking that perhaps the mirror might look fabulous painted or gold leafed.

It is in a great school district and is priced well under our budget (so upgrades like the kitchen and baths could happen ASAP). Since it is currently selling for a lot less than what other houses are priced at in the area it is the perfect “worst house on the best block” scenario.

So would you run screaming or unpack your tools?



GSGreatEscaper said...

Go for it! DH and I have been having the fireplace paint debate for 20 plus years.....

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I wouldn't run screaming, but would budget a lot for cosmetic upgrades. I would lose ALL the brick on the fireplace surround - I don't think it is nearly as structural as it appears to be.......make it smaller, more cohesive. I think I'd keep the faux beams, depending on ceiling height. chances are a 40 year old house doesn't have high enough ceilings to warrant those space-stealing beams.......less is more.

If you kept the brick - maybe lessen it on the sides? I like white painted better than white washed.

If the kitchen cabs are in decent condition you could save a bundle painting them - sometimes the older ones are so solid and well built. Can't tell from what I see, though.

Paint the wooden panels white, it is always universally appealling. Grey could be depressing with no windows and blue, well, I don't like blue so that's why I said white. If it has no windows there needs to be as much light as possible.

You will do wonders if you take this project on, and I hope you do because that poor house is the House That Time Forgot.

I laughed out loud about the Brady Bunch. Man was that a cool house when I was a little girl, I loved it and now on Nick at Night you see it and just cringe lol. Like visiting Graceland. Just cringe.

GL - I am excited about this for you. Would make some seriously fun blogging, yes?

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

There is a show on hgtv that is called Fixer Upper and they are in Texas. I love that show. They take the worst house on the block for sale and redo it for the buyers. When I read you post I thought of that show.

Auntie Em said...

There is so much potential in this home. As long as it has a inspection for things like plumbing, wiring, insulation and so on, it would be so much fun to redo. 1976 was about the time of the energy crunch and so many homes were insulated without adequate ventilation which led to a lot of mold problems.
BTW, I love the pale blue on the paneled walls pic. So soft and cool. Your homes always seem to have a touch of soft blues or aquas featured somewhere. :)
Love the rounded edges on the roof and the Tudor styling. Needs a few trees pruned to see the prettyness of it.
Can't wait to find out which home you choose and then on to seeing how you redecorate it. Is Grandma Jingles all packed up and ready to roll yet? :)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I would go for it! It seems to have good bones and I know you could do a wonderful rehab! Is it possible that you could paint the boxes of the cabinets and just purchase new doors? Painting the bricks would help tremendously. Your inspiration photos are excellent! I can't wait to read the rest of this story!!!

Vel Criste said...

You always have excellent tastes Laura, so no matter the house, you can surely turn it into something spectacular. Love the ideas you vouched for this tudor one! I would paint that fireplace too!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Years ago, we found a house like this and had a ball re-doing just about everything. It turned out fabulous. But now . . . been there, done that, don't know if I have the energy or desire to go through that again. Gee. I sound old! Wisdom is a great thing to have!

Denise said...

It sounds like maybe you should go for ... your toolbox. I think as clever as you are Laura, with your creative vision and practical skills, you could do wonders with this house. It just depends if it's structurally sound and if you have the time to put into it. I'm so excited for you and your family and wish you all the best. I look forward to following along in this new phase of your life! :)

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!


Denise at Forest Manor

Rita C. said...

I like all of your ideas, Laura! I would whitewash the brick, it looks more natural to me. Sounds like you're getting much closer to your move. I have been thinking of you several times in the last couple of weeks, as I purge my basement. I feel your pain, but I'll bet you could teach me a thing or two about being less attached as I go through things! Keep us posted, love hearing your progress.


BUY IT! Tool time! It was great bones, lots of space....BUY IT!

Sarah said...

Laura, you could work magic on this house. Looks like all it needs is some imagination and loving care. I'd love to watch the progress in action as you take on such a project. Good luck with all the decisions.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Hundreds of gallons of paint would work wonders to start with, that is after you remove the popcorn ceilings. I love all that space.

Stacey said...

I love your ideas! You already have great vision for that house. That picture from Southern Living is in my inspiration file and always will be. I loved that house.

Lisa said...

It certainly would be a contender! I love all your plans and am sure you could make it your dream house!

Terri Steffes said...

I am IN LOVE with this find! I love that you could make it all yours. Its more fun if you don't have to wait for the goodies to happen. The only drawback is living with the rehab. I love the brick painted or white washed. Both have a great look. I hadn't see the blue on the paneling before and was amazed at how modern it looked. So fun!

lynn cockrell said...

Looks like a diamond to me! Lots of room and great possibilities.

Ivy and Elephants said...

The home has amazing bones, and so much space. Love your vision for updating, especially the kitchen.
This is a real gem!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I would grab my tools asap! It has a lot of potential and I just love revealing the charm that is in a house but that previous owners didn't see! My current dining-room which is ligth and airy was actually all brown, black and orange when I bought the Cottage!

Julie Corbisiero said...

That house has so much potential and yes a lot of white paint and a new kitchen and new bathroom would make it more up to date and pretty. Thanks for the sweet comment on the potholders I crocheted! Have a nice Sunday and week.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Finding a house in a good area and neighborhood is going to be the most important thing. I would be making a list of workers! lol Looks like a beautiful home and you could do wonders with it! Hugs!

The Boston Lady said...

Hope my comment went thru!. Short version: I agree? Ann