We bought a new (old) house two whole months ago... we've already made quite a few updates, but we still have plenty (and I mean, PLENTY) more to do. But I figured it was at least time for a blog tour:)
Most of these pictures were taken before we moved in or right after... and sadly some of these rooms look just about the same. But that's okay... I'm learning to embrace what is now and reminding myself that it doesn't all have to get done at once... Good thing. I don't think my paint brush... or my pocketbook... could handle that. Anywho... on with the tour...
So, here's the front door... this was the day we closed on the house and just got the keys:) As you can tell, the entrance area is all a little dingy. Nothing a little paint can't fix! This house is well over 100 years old... so there's tons of "character" ...at least that's what we'll call it for now.
Right when you walk in the front door you come into a little entry hall area... I didn't really get a good picture of it... but it's the little space to the left of Zara. It's nothing fancy, but does include a coat closet, which is a plus.
This is the main living space of the house... and was a huge selling point. The previous owner was an architect and did a lot of great work in this part of the house. We love the wood floors, high ceilings, and all of the gorgeous trim work. I'm also pretty much obsessed with the paint color in here. I went through a lot of hoops to have it matched so we can use it in other parts of the house. That doorway to the right is that little front entry I was talking about earlier, just to give you some point of reference.
Here's the same space with a slightly different view.
Here are the stairs... there's a little seating area to the left of the stairs, then a really weird long closet to the right. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have the extra storage, but it's not the most functional space I've ever seen. Then there's this little alcove area above the stairs that I'm not really sure what to do with. To be honest, right now all I see here is a future trip to the emergency room with a certain toddler... so yeah... I'm open to suggestions:)
Once you go past that little seating area by the stairs, you go into the dining room and the kitchen is on the right. The kitchen needs a lot of TLC, but that will have to wait a bit... unless we win the lottery or something. The kitchen is set up kind of like a galley kitchen and is pretty functional. It's not huge, but there's so room to expand the cabinetry a little and make better use of the layout down the road. And there's a DISHWASHER. So that pretty much cancels out any negative feelings I have about anything else in here.
Here's the view from the other side of the kitchen, looking into the dining room. I love, love, love that exposed brick... now we just need to figure out a layout that doesn't put the refrigerator right in front of it. Did I mention that there's a DISHWASHER??
Here's the dining room... It's hard to tell in the pictures, but this space is HUGE! I love it. I'm not so crazy about the rust orange color on the walls, but hopefully we'll be updating that soon... easy fix.
Here's another quick view of the dining room... that door goes to a little covered patio area. Did I mention that there are like a billion doors in this house?? Well, there are. This is actually door #3 of 5. You saw the front door... then there's another "front door" over by the seating area off the stairs... then there are two more doors that we haven't even got to yet. Lots and lots of doors. This house was actually split up as a duplex at one point... which I guess explains all of the doors?
This is the main bathroom. Nothing fancy... but overall is in good shape. Once you see bathroom #2, this bathroom will look like a million bucks. This bathroom is kind of off the dining room area.
Okay. Now we get to the good stuff. Remember how I said the previous owners did a lot of great things in the front of the house?? Well.... now we are at the back of the house... where I can only assume they either 1) ran out of money or 2) never came back here. This is the hardest room for me and is the one that has caused me the most grief so far. This room currently functions as our laundry room and catch-all space. Sadly, it doesn't look much different than this right now. I believe this room was a kitchen at one point... when the house was split up as a duplex. That little doorway leads to our bedroom and Zara's bedroom.
Here's a view from the other side. Real life people... real life. There are 2 more doors in this room... another door that goes to our little covered patio... and a door that leads to the basement. This room also boasts awesome laminate flooring, an incredibly awkward layout, and fancy drop ceiling tiles. Oh, and did I mention that it's pretty much in the middle of the house? You have to walk through this space to get to our bedroom and Zara's bedroom. It's swell.
Speaking of Zara's room... Here it is:) Awesome carpet tiles, no? Yeah, those were gone on day #2. This room is TINY... and I desperately miss Zara's barnwood wall from the old house... but this room does the trick. And I love that she's so close to us right now. Oh, and hey there Kimi:)
Here's our bedroom. I've probably done the most updating in here so far. That carpet was absolutely DISGUSTING and has since been replaced... the walls have also received a little love. It basically looked like there was just a coat of primer on the walls, then they called it a day. I do love the windows in this room though. The ceiling is pretty low in the back of the house, so any natural light is a major plus. There's also an odd partition wall in the master bedroom... you can kind of see part of it in the photo above. It kind of serves as a separating wall for the closet area.
Here's the "closet area" in the master bedroom. I don't feel like it's really fair to even call it a closet since it's all exposed. Which basically means I have to keep it clean... psshhhh.
And then.... there's this. I really have no words for this bathroom. This was almost a deal beaker for me on this house. Seriously. A big request for us as we looked at houses was 2 bathrooms... and this barely counts as a second bathroom. It's terrible. We are basically trying to decide if we try to salvage it or just completely start from scratch. Right now, the bathtub holds my winter clothes:)
For whatever reason, I don't really have any pictures of the upstairs. But it's pretty great. There is a big open loft space, that will be the perfect craft room/office area... and there's a large third bedroom upstairs as well. I love being able to have enough room for both a guest room and an office space.
So... there you have it! Welcome to the Bluegrass Bungalow! Where the home projects are many and the funds are few... stay tuned for updates along the way!