From Rev Gals:
As some of you may know I am in the midst of my first home purchase. It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?
And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future…
1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?
I think the first room I would want to play with would be our family room downstairs. It is kind of empty and needs some love. We currently have a sectional couch from my parents basement, a microwave cart, a college tv stand, a dvd bookshelf and a small kitchen table with my husbands computer on it down there. It’s sad.
I would start by painting the walls (I’m thinking red) and getting some great black and white posters to hang. I also have a number of black and white photos the we have taken and of family to put up. (right now the walls are bare)
I’d buy a larger game table for playing cards and board games and I would get a larger corner unit for the television. And then some storage items – like one of those great big square coffee tables with all the storage underneath.
2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?
I actually haven’t lived in that many hideous houses… but the pastel, 80’s era, geometric designed curtains in my in-laws dining room is probably the most hideous I can think of.
3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?
A fireplace. Hands down. I was actually thinking about wanting a fireplace a few days ago, and then this week, we were looking through the history book that our church historian just completed, and in the article on the opening of this parsonage – there was a FIREPLACE in the living room. WHY was that taken out?
4) Your kitchen – love it or hate it? Why?
I really like my kitchen in the parsonage. All the cabinetry was done by a former pastor. It is HUGE and has lots of storage space. I might update the appliances a bit, but they are really just fine.
I think the only thing I would add would be shelves or a counter top in one corner. It is a dividing wall between the dining room/living room and an odd little corner. A breakfast nook wouldn’t quite fit. We had a small kitchen table there for a while (see #1) but we really need a place to put recycling items and hide the litter box underneath. We never ate at the table while it was there, because the dining room is literally two steps away.
5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?
First, buy a bedroom suite. We currently have no headboard, and a scrappily put together suite a an endtable, a twin size headboard/shelving unit, and a dresser we got off of a curb at one point. I would love to have a matching set and two dressers – my husband just has too many t-shirts and could fill up our current one on his own.
Second, buy a game table for the basement. And a nice entertainment center/stereo system.
Third, redo the countertops in the kitchen to something that isn’t white. I think that we have already stained at least one section from kool-aid. They look just fine, but soak up stains like you wouldn’t believe.
Fourth, put new tile down in the basement laundry/bath room. It’s like a 1970’s orangish tan that really isn’t that cheery.
BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950’s right through the early 80’s?
lol… I forgot this was the bonus when I listed my final $10,000 makeover wish. Of course the bathroom tile is ugly… it had to match the advacado green toilets and sinks they were putting in.
Ironically, I really like advacado green. I painted my church office that color when I moved into it. And all the older women looked at me like I was crazy – but it looks really nice!