It’s taken me a long time to get used to this house. I like two kinds of houses. Super modern or super vintage. Until this joint, I’ve never lived anywhere built after 1935. I’ve never lived anywhere that didn’t have stained glass. This house was built in 1957 and is just kind of garbage. We loved the location and the yard initially and numbers of baths/beds and the price was right (sort of), which was why we bought it. Slowly, we have been making it ours. I can hang now. I like the open floor plan. I like the kitchen lay out (still hate the tile, cabinets, and granite). I like having a bathroom in our bedroom. I love all the light. Finally got the fireplace fixed so that rules.
There are things that suck and won’t ever get better. Like the storage issue. As in, there is none. That’s not going to change, but hopefully purging will make it better.
On the list of stuff to fix, the laundry nook, the tile in the tv room, the Olive Garden inspired mess we refer to as the bathrooms, and the exterior are the big ones. We finally got to cross one off the list. We painted the outside.
Before we painted, Paul hung up these lights. It was a dream come true. I was so, so, so excited.
AAAAAAND that lasted ONE day, until the squirrels ate through the strands. Not only did they not work, but they smashed to the ground and they are glass. Squirrels 2 Us 0 (they also ate our hammock last year).
So, back to painting. Carole and I painted the front half and one side, one coat. That was all we could get to that day. Then I didn’t have a day that I had child care/Paul or time or or or or….so it sat. But the front looked good, so I was cool with it.
I still don’t love the faux stone, nor do I love it with the dark gray, but it’s leaps and bounds better than it was.
Apparently, thinking about my half finished house was driving my father bonkers though, so he decided to take action. He came down with all his equipment and started painting the rest of the house himself. It took two weekends, it was mostly my dad with me and Paul tagging in whenever Felix was asleep or both of us were home.
We did the peak a slightly lighter color. I love it.
I wasn’t planning on painting the back of the house. It’s vinyl siding, I didn’t know you could use the same paint, but with a little research (asking my cousin who used to work for Sherwin-Williams at a family wedding), we determined we could use the same paint. So we went for it. I’m glad we did. It looks so much better.
(we keep a very tidy yard)
We still need to do the trim (white) and paint our weird, wooden chimney. Getting there though!