I’ve decided it’s time to give you a house tour.
I was waiting until I had something to show you of the work we’re doing, but that’s going so slowly, it’s ridiculous, so I’m going ahead with the tour now.
This first tour is of the house as it was when we bought it.
These pictures are from the realtor’s listing.
We’ve done quite a bit of work so far, but we have soooo far still to go. After this initial tour, I’ll start giving you updates one room and one project at a time . . . the house has 11 rooms!
And I’m too busy quilting to paint!
I’ve really never wanted a large house. Reason being, I hate to clean. My logic about that is: Life’s too short to spend it cleaning house constantly!
My grandmother was renowned for her housecleaning abilities. We used to joke that she never even let the dust fall! Evidently, I have not inherited that trait in the slightest. And I’m not upset about that!
However, there are certain things that DO have to be done routinely, just to prevent complete slovenliness. Sometimes I feel like I’m bordering on that, and then I have to set in for a serious session to pull myself out of it! And of course, I grumble the entire time because I’d rather be quilting.
But on with the tour (because I have to get downstairs and clean the bathroom!) . . .
The house was built in 1921. The couple we bought the house from is Ron and Diane — Diane’s grandfather built the house — and her sister still lives just about a mile away, and so does their brother. There was an addition built on to the house in the 1970s.
We’ll begin outside.
There was a front door on the other side that opened out onto a porch. The porch was where the addition is now, so there’s no more porch, and no more front door. Oh, how I’d love a porch, but I’m not sure that’s even in a plan at all right now.
We also need to remove that broken air conditioner that’s not even needed, and patch the hole.
OK, so I’ve already listed several projects and we haven’t even opened the door yet. See my problem? When am I going to find the time for all of this? Ugh!
Let’s go inside . . . There’s a tiny “foyer” and the bathroom is on the left. This section containing the bathroom and living room is the newer added-on part. This picture of the bathroom from the realtor’s listing almost made me not want the place at all, but . . . it really wasn’t as bad in real life as it is in this picture, thankfully. And we’re redoing it top to bottom . . . slowly . . .
Bamboo wallpaper on TOP of dark paneling. Both have to go! So does the carpeting. I hate carpeting. We think we know what we’re going to do in here, but we’re a long way from starting it. But we have a fireplace!
Have I mentioned that we’ve now lived here 7 months and are still not unpacked? Yeah, it’s getting old . . .
From the living room, you enter the dining room. The piano is no longer here. Good thing, because I wouldn’t know what to do with it. This is the room where we’d like to put a front door someday. We’ll see . . .
Then there’s the kitchen. I love the old-fashioned cabinets, and to even HAVE cabinets is a plus for me, because the old ranch shack didn’t have any. I’m currently in the process of repainting them all, and replacing the hinges and knobs. I’ve been working on this since we got here, that’s how slow I am. My first major project in here will be to get a new countertop, sink, and faucet. I can hardly wait! And I want Pergot flooring, too. Long list of wants, long time a-comin’, I fear . . .
The mudroom/utility room. We’ve already done quite a bit out here. Finished a wall, replumbed the washer . . . next is painting and re-doing the floor. Don’t hold your breath for any after pictures, OK?
And there’s still one more room to decide what to do with yet up here! Isn’t this awesome? I’m hoping it makes me much more productive and organized. There are lots of closets in this house. Wonderful storage.
So there you have it — the initial tour. I’ll tell you more about it all, little by little, as I show you the projects I’m working on, so stay tuned. And wish me luck. And if you know how to strip old wallpaper easily, or refinish wood floors, come on over!