Updating a 1940 s colonial house rules for dating my sister
Andrea has promised to do what I ask her to do and I think it’s going to be a fun project. One of the first projects they are tackling is adding board and batten below the chair rail here in the hallway. I’m going to be looking at fabrics with her to update some furniture and bedding. It’s a very small space and I know how that is, since my master bath is really tiny too. David found this pretty wood dining room set at an estate sale recently. All that wallpaper and window treatments will be coming down soon. Look closely and you can see a mirrored backsplash, which is also coming out. Andrea had painted it this darker gray color, but when she said she wanted to start in here, I started thinking of a color that might work. When I told her we were painting the brick, her eyes got really big and she said, we ARE? That sofa is going and we are going to recover those wingback chairs. The walkway from the garage is right in the middle of the room so we have to leave a traffic path. We are going to reuse some things in here and get these chairs recovered and make this room so cute and functional too.
We are going to try to do it on a budget as much as possible, so I’m not sure that there will be any tearing out the kitchen cabinets or any of that, but new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom will happen eventually. David, her handy husband, will be doing much of the work as they move through the house. We will start with the inside of the house and hopefully move to the outside to give it some updates too. Back to the foyer and hallway, now we’ll head to the formal living room. It’s very nice wood, so we are going to work with it and recover the chair seats. She would love to rip out the carpet in the living room and dining room and continue with the oak flooring all in here too. There are mirrors in several locations around the house, one here in the dining room. Not a great pic, but this is a really pretty china cabinet. We are thinking that her hubby will build a banquette seat in the window in that corner. Lots of things to decide on, but she’d like to keep these cabinets since they are all wood. These appliances are all original and she’s going to replace those as well, the oven and cooktop.1950’s finest! So, they got busy and bought the paint I suggested, Revere Pewter, by Ben Moore and got it all painted out, brick and all. We’ll add a rug back in here eventually when we get colors figured out. Revere Pewter is such a gorgeous color, now I want to use it somewhere. There’s also a nice pool in the backyard right outside these windows, so that’s an extra bonus.
We’ve barely gotten started on things, so it might be a bit slow, but I wanted to share the Before pics with you so you can see what we are working with.
It has really good bones and will be a great house.
Use a gloss paint to make the door stand out against the home's exterior, and finish the update with oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel hardware and a door knocker.
I’ve been having a blast, from partaking in Christmas parties, plays, and dinners with friends and am thoroughly enjoying this month.
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It just needs updating with lots of paint and decluttering and it will feel like a whole new space! The tile in here is actually not bad at all with a gray tint, so I’m sure we are going to work with this and update the rest of it. This tile isn’t in bad shape either, although the color is harder to work with.