|A little bland at the moment, but it has tons of potential.|
(Yes, I repeat "It has potential" frequently, especially when frustrated).
|Don't worry--the blinds are already down (thank you mother!). Love the abundant sunlight.|
*see The Guest Bathroom below*). Of course, that's assuming a few curious little girls don't barge in and wonder who on earth is taking up their play space. I would love, LOVE to see this room converted into a main floor kitchen with the dining area spilling into the great room (do you know how awful it is to carry groceries for a family of five up the stairs after spending hours shopping? With generally unhappy kids reminding you how unhappy they are? It's pretty terrible). We'll see what we can accomplish.
|This room wasn't half bad...until the girls discovered the wallpaper comes off. Oh well. It's ready to be painted now.|
This bathroom is evidence that the interior structure has been altered since being built. I'm told by a neighbor who's lived next door for about forty years that this used to be a walk-down, room-sized shower--right overhead is the master bath. I would have loved to see that though I'm not sure how practical that would've been. Now it's been converted to a main floor bathroom with it's own little shower, toilet and vanity.and wouldn't a nice big walk-in shower instead of an unused closet be neat?), but as far as guests are concerned, they get to have a functional bathroom all to themselves.
The Laundry Room
The Mud Room
and I'm planning on moving a wall or two to expand the laundry room) and I'd love to build a wooden cubby for everyone to hang their coats and shoes. Otherwise, it's already pretty functional--we've already drug plenty of mud through it and the cats enjoy eating and sleeping there at night. Maybe I'll even be brave enough to put in another cat door...
The Storage Room
|Honestly, the first thing I noticed were the HUGE breaker boxes. Plenty of power running to the house.|
This is our first "real" master bedroom. It's spacious, has a walk-in closet, a deck and it's own gigantic bathroom. Of course, it's also where a majority of the smoking damage is located. The ceilings and walls (if not carpeted or painted navy blue) were yellow with nicotine. The floor was cheap linoleum and whatever dogs they had left behind tons of hair. It also has no light fixture or fan so walking to our bedroom is done blindly until we find a lamp switch. Though people suggest fixing entryways and main floors first since that's what guests see, I focus on the bedrooms first--it's a place of refuge for everyone in the middle of our construction zones. So, this room is already about 85% finished and with new flooring and some trim, it'll be fini.
(Not a minute too soon either.)The Master Bathroom
I asked for help renovating, I couldn't help but laugh at the comments about the decor looking like a fetal heart monitor. That's exactly right. I applaud the previous owners for making the house their very own. Now it's my turn to leave my mark.
|My personal favorite: the flaming laundry chute.|
I have to have some way to relax after hours of home improvements!). Right now, the work is slow going while I paint the other rooms. The work isn't hard but compared to a gallon or two of paint to fix up another room, bathroom renovations tend to be a bit more pricey. At the rate I'm going though, I'm planning on tackling this project in the next few months. Fingers crossed.
|The vanity is already gone. Time to look for a double-sink!|
I do have to say I love how big the kitchen is. I, however, hate the location. It's the furthest possible distance to carry the groceries and it gets so hot and stuffy, even with the air running. The cabinets are cheap, dirty and falling apart and yes, the counters are yellow and the walls green with squiggles of paler green (a close up looks like the third graders were employed in the kitchen too).
The Family Room
Other than the splotchy blood red paint and the faux wood vinyl flooring, this room has been the most well-used room in the house. It's huge and comfortable for our needs. Jack put in a new fan and lights and I'm currently in the middle of repainting every last square foot.
|Lots of potential!|
Named The Bonus Room, it serves as our office. It gives a nice little view of our yard (which would be even more awesome if it were fenced and there were horses grazing it) and fits our desk and computer comfortably. The wallpaper has been removed and the room is waiting for a new coat of paint, new light fixture, new flooring and a new ceiling since it's a poorly done popcorn texture. It's small enough though that once I really get started, I imagine it'd take less than a day or two to completely redo.The Kids' Bedroom
This is where the two older girls sleep. Honestly, I could put two more bunk beds and two more dressers and everyone would still have plenty of space. It's already been painted and is waiting either for a rug or new carpet to complete the room. I think the baby's crib will wind up in their room while I repaint the nursery and thankfully, everyone's at the phase where it's fun to share a room.The Baby's Bedroom
A baby really doesn't need a bedroom this big all to themselves but that's how we set it up when we moved in. Along with the dark purple paint, the walls are textured so heavily that I had to dust them before I could begin working on them. I'm not sure what the fascination with heavily textured walls was, but it's not for us (I honestly think if I wasn't busy with all of the texturing challenges I've been faced with, I'd be done painting! Okay, maybe not, but it's sure slowed me down a lot and I've already gone through about 25 gallons of spackling. Ugh). I also suspect that this room was altered like the guest bathroom--the fan doesn't hang even close to the center of the room, the air vent is awkwardly placed and the vinyl flooring is two different wood-grain patterns. It also has a set of worn French doors that go nowhere now that the outdoor deck has been mysteriously removed. Still, it's a great bedroom and gives us plenty of space to expand our family and the baby has no complaints about it.The Kids' Bathroom
textured again by what looks like third graders' finger painting skills), blue tile, blue whirlpool tub and a blue-laced counter top. But, it's functional and the girls and I are happy to share it until I get our master bathroom remodeled. There's plenty to be done with this bathroom to fix it up but for now, we're grateful to have it, even if it isn't our style.
The first thing people see when they drive up is the shabby exterior, which inevitably leads to the comment, "You've got a lot of work to do." Really, it's a polite way of saying, "Your house looks like a dump." Well, by now, I'm used to it. I'm also used to people's profound amazement when we have a finished product. There is some semblance of dignity left in the structure though it is in definite need of a face lift to renew the regal and interesting features of the home.
including a few window replacements, door to window conversions and some siding and painting. Nothing we haven't done before. When all is said and done, this house will be unique and, at least right now in my head, will be gorgeous.
with some major blessings to help us along), B) it's a short commute for Jack, C) there's plenty of space for the horses, a garden and other livestock and D) we have the skills, motivation and know how to fix up the house. It's slow and steady but is always worth the effort in the end.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
(Stop by if you're in Indiana!)