Week three: the office

The room I chose for my home office has tan walls, white trim, and at some point the wood floor was painted a pale greyish white that was showing a lot of wear and tear.  The wood itself isn’t in the greatest shape, so shabby paint wasn’t helping.  I’ve learned that painted wood on the upper floors would have been original to a house of this era.  The owners would have spent all the money on really nice wood floors for the first floor, and then used cheaper, painted wood upstairs. I have daydreams about having an office straight out… Read More

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Surprise: there’s a hidden staircase

So my second week here a utility guy needed to access a closet on the first floor where a certain utility box was located.  He asked if he could remove the shelves in that closet, which I’d actually thought were built in.  He pulled them out and said, “Well, you have some stairs.” Wait.  What?  I have stairs? Sure enough, there’s a super creepy old staircase that leads up to the second floor but has been closed off on top by a new floor.  Now the staircase is being used as an access point for piping and utilities. Creepy!! The… Read More

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Week two: the kitchen

I went away for the weekend, and when I came home, I walked in the door to discover my boyfriend had painted the kitchen… and didn’t even tell me!! BOYFRIEND OF THE YEAR!!! Yes.  I actually am the luckiest girl in the world.  It’s true. I love a 1950s-style kitchen.  As much as I would love to rip my kitchen apart and start over (who wouldn’t?!), the checkered floor and white cabinets — the whole “’50s-ness” of it — was a huge reason I fell in love with this house.  The walls were even originally painted the exact same shade… Read More

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