You can already feel how much lighter the rooms will seem. In the photos they have sanded and there is wood filler on the top.. Another sanding and they will be ready to coat.
Here is a pic of that cute little alcove at the top of the stairs. The boys like to hang out up here.. I'm thinking a good spot for a low bookshelf and a small family gallery. I'm also liking the vintage light..though it need to be hit with some paint eventually..(and some cleaning!)
Todays area...Bainbridge Island WA.
The Puget Sound islands are known for quirky summer homes and full time artist cottages. If you start at the high end price range you get the big fancy houses..so I always start small, as the ones with character tend to be the cheaper ones.
This little yellow cottage is sweet..and has a cute art studio just down the garden path.
Lots of big windows!
This Log Cabin is the perfect mix of warm rustic woods and character. My kids would love that loft space..and again another studio. This one also has a creek, chicken coop and gardens. A Little boy heaven if you don't mind washing a lot of clothes. The inside looks like something from a fall/winter PB catalog.
This sweet cottage is fab! I'm loving the robin egg kitchen..not sure I would have the guts to do it myself. But here it looks great and just pops in the photos. The warm wood floors and soft colors feel very summery and fresh. The gardens are wonderful too.. just enough wild to them, the blue flowers compliment the house colors.
Now I know what your thinking.. Coastal?.. in one of the driest spots in Washington? Well sure, why not? I lived 5 years on a sailboat..if that isn't good enough you can see the river through the bedroom windows (if you stick your head out and tilt it a bit).
Here are a few of my fav blogs that inspire me:
Just a Girl- I Love this coastal bathroom!
Centsational Girl - I love the colors in her laundry room.
And if you LOVE blues and greens check out House of Turquoise. So many yummy photos I could spend all day in that blog, or at least until I have to break up a boy fight.
This room is going to need some major work. The tile grout is all crumbling and we may need to replace the subfloor. The tile around the tub needs replacing and the tub needs to be refinished. Good news..lots of storage and room to add a second sink when we redo the counter. Of course..there has to be wallpaper..
Downstairs bedrooms- this is one of the pair..think mirror image, except the other has stripe wall paper and a mirrored closet door. Both have wood ceilings the Mr. already pulled out the carpet and wood floors under are going to be refinished with the rest. Yayhoo..more wallpaper for me to pull down....my fav! The room below will be a playarea for the Monsters.
Our living and dining space.
The things I like.. a real wood fireplace, wood floors and a open plan into the dining/kitchen, box beam celings.
The things I'm not liking.. trim was all removed. Fireplace brick is not my fav. and it's a akward shape and location in the room.
Things I like.. well..the fridge and stove are pretty new. The tile is light gray and in good shape and there is a breakfast bar. More box beams.
What I don't like.. old and dated... cabinates are in ok shape but scratched and stained in places. The countertops are gross..a textured white.. Like a funky leather texture! I get to look forward to wallpaper removal and lots of paint!!
I can see potential here.. the floors are all in good condition and the celing is unique. I haven't decided to keep the wood color in the middle of the beams or paint white for a beachy beadboard look.
Of course there is also the issue of the cost of making this house a cottage... without going over the top. As much as I would love to have the best finishes and the ease of just poping in something new. The price value of the home has to be kept in mind.. as is the question of "how much we can spend without using credit".. yep that's right..nothing on credit. Craigslist is going to be my BFF for quite awhile.