Ahhhhh, the joys of renovating an old house…
I thought I'd share with you a bit about my old house. We moved into our little old cape cod cottage 9 years ago. I remember that I told my husband that as soon as we move in, I'm ripping up the worn fake brick sheet vinyl floor with my bare hands. And that goes for the dark brown 70's paneling too! Well, we discovered that ripping out these items would set off a domino effect of high $$$ projects that we weren't prepared for.
|My old, and I mean old, kitchen floor|
|70's textured paneling and |
I replaced the 1970's brown appliances with a 1951 range and a 1939 GE refrigerator. I was lucky to find them in NY at a reasonable price from a gentleman who bought them up and cleaned and serviced them. Ok, truth be told, I do have a second little 24" wide LG refrigerator in my pantry.
Next, I covered over the old '70's heavily textured paneling with embossed, paintable, bead board wallpaper. I still can't believe it covered so well! I stripped the orange and brown wallpaper (apologies to those of you who love wallpaper) and painted everything Benjamin Moore's "Crisp Linen", except the ceiling which I painted Benjamin Moore's Woodlawn Blue.
Lastly, it was time to say goodbye to my arch nemesis, the very worn floor (Did I mention that it had dirt imprinted into the design of the floor!) We purchased some plank vinyl self stick faux antique wood floor and covered over the old floor in a day. I love the way it came out. Not my dream floor, but its clean, neat and well, not the old brick floor.
Then the fun stuff! I added some of my favorite things...
|1940's Hull Little Red Riding Hood Cookie Jar|
|Hand woven 1920's table cloth|
|Cow salt and pepper shakers that my husband and |
I bought shortly after we were married.
|Burleigh ware (birthday gifts)|
1951 Bengal range: $1500
GE Refrigerator: $ 800
Paint, bead board wallpaper and self stick flooring: $800
New knobs/hardware for cabinets: $150
Now, when I walk into my cheery, albeit itty bitty kitchen, I smile. Are you living with an eyesore in your old home? Are there any redeeming qualities to the space? Share your solutions!