This is the kitchen (obviously) looking out into the eating area. We love the bay window but not the light fixtures - do you see the old colonial style lantern hanging in the bay? The kitchen dates from the mid 80's, dark oak cabinetry with heavy colonial style handles and drawer pulls, single sink (yikes) and formica counter. The linoleum tiling is a brick pattern that runs through the back of the house into the back hall and laundry room - it will be replaced with a lighter ceramic in the winter. My plan is to paint out the cabinets, replace the hardware, paint the walls, install a backsplash and replace the counter. The layout works okay except that I can't unload the dishwasher and put the dishes away at the same time.
The living room, main hall and stairway and the tv room are all painted this sage green. The floors are original to the house - wide oak planks with pegs (not nails). The fireplace is a working wood burning fireplace with the original gumwood mantel that has a dental detail. The curtains, left behind by the former owner, were custom made to match her couch. All the trim in the main level has been left unpainted to show off it's original gumwood glory - I love it. What I don't love is the 6, yes 6, colonial style wall sconces through the living room - complete with little hurricane shades and caps with a star cut-out pattern - they will be going VERY SOON.
The green theme continues in the dining room which overlooks the living room. Here the wallpaper isn't so bad, it's just the wrong colouring for our taste. The plan is to paint out the lower floor in what my English cousins would call "magnolia" - a warm beige. This way the wood on the floors, trim and windows will show up nicely without competing with any of the colours in the soft furnishings. I love the swinging door and the leaded glass windows. The ballooning curtains will make their way to a charity shop soon.
Finally, I thought I would show you the bathroom. It is a wonder of wallpaper - with a black and white toile design going up the walls and over the ceiling. Yes, folks, they wallpapered the ceiling!
The subway tile, sink and "chiclet" tile floor are original to the house, circa 1935. They are in pristine condition and I will probably keep it for now. However the chrome heating fan, soap dish and toothbrush holder need to go asap. I'm on the hunt for some vintage subway tile to match the existing ones. Subway tiles today have a bevelled or rounded edge making it impossible to match to these true linear tiles. Salvage architecture places are my best bet for finding these. Finding a salvage architecture place near here may be the challenge.
There are many more rooms to show you - the bedrooms (all wallpapered), the tv room and the basement office. But for now, we'll have to be satisfied with these rooms. I hope you'll check in from time to time to watch the progress as the house is stripped of wallpaper and colonialism over the next weeks and months.