I have a makeover motto that keeps me from backing down from a challenge:
Now, dear readers, I present to you my newest makeover challenge…my first house!
It’s a classy fixer-upper, previously owned for forty years by Jack and Minnie who valued strong quality and regular maintenance.
This 70’s classic ranch house was tastefully decorated in all the finishing touches of the decade:
Dark wood paneling
Harvest gold kitchen sink, counters, and stove
A wet bar, no, make that a sunken wet bar, with black cushioned vinyl counter top
Brick! Arches! right down the center of the living room
Carpet in the bathroom
Drapes, drapes, and more drapes
And it hasn’t been updated since 1970.
What we love about this house is the simple floor plan that makes it a blank slate, the kitchen’s great potential, solid construction such as copper wiring and no crumbling walls or foundation issues, and the neighborhood. It’s a ten-minute walk to the elementary.
We’re also thrilled that it hasn’t endured any DIY tricks or techniques that would make us run for the hills.
This new-to-us house has kept us pretty busy the last couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to start showing you Before & After pictures, how we’re adding more functionality and storage to the house, and quick tips for home maintenance, improvement, and better energy efficiency.
Just don’t try to convince me to abandon my avocado green double oven for a more socially-correct choice like stainless steel, because like a boyfriend who’s no good for me, that will only make me love it more.