We bought a house you guys! We just moved in this weekend and things are moving super fast, I’m trying to catch up! First things first, I’d like you to meet the Walnut Creek house! She’s a luscious avocado green color with teal window trim and forest green gutters – a real beaut. Before you proceed you may want to put on your favorite glare resistant sunglasses, there’s a lot of color about to happen on your screen! I’m warning you!
First up – the entry/living room. Upon entering the house you’re welcomed with a nice shade of salmon pink. At least it’s in a matte finish!
The living room feels tight at the moment. The wall to the left separates the living room from the kitchen and desperately needs to be removed.
I love the corner windows! Lots of homes in the neighborhood have these windows, and if I were able I’d add a window on the wall between the corner and front door to get a fuller view of the front yard.
How about this kitchen guys?! I’m no stranger to a “vintage” kitchen, but this oven has me scratching my head. Put the kitchen on the “must renovate ASAP” list!
You can see below how this wall separates the kitchen from the living room. I prefer open concept and can’t wait to get this wall removed. We’re even thinking of vaulting the ceilings, if budget permits.
What do I do with this stove? I am sure there are vintage stove collectors out there, but how do I actually USE it? We had PG&E come out and test it for us, it’s functional, just how functional is the real question. Also please note the height chart on the inside of the door frame – so cute! Don’t be mad but we painted over it.
You guys, check out those hand painted chili peppers on the pocket door! There’s another painted door in one of the bathrooms that I forgot to get a photo of, which I believe was a Christmas scene. The previous owner’s late wife was a painter, and she expressed her skills on the doors, switch plates, and even on the exterior window and door trim. It’s actually really charming seeing all the effort they put in to make this home theirs. I do feel a little guilty painting over it..
Now, imagine yourself exiting the kitchen out the chili pocket door, you walk down this hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms. The hallway was a nice orange sherbet color, including the ceilings!
And in case you thought the house was full of only colors of the sunset were… meet the “blue bathroom”. My son Zano LOVES his blue bathroom. The hand painted shell border and ivy window trim are a lovely touch, it must have taken ages to do. Again, here goes the guilt for painting over it all.
We’ve been living in the home for 3 days now, learning it’s quirks. One thing I just can’t wrap my head around is this bathroom is a bathtub only. There’s no shower head! It becomes a real issue once you see the remaining bathrooms where the other two showers in the house can barley fit a grown man.
And yes, you’re noticing that correctly – the tub, sink, floor tile, AND toilet are all blue! So 50’s! So cute.
The red room is the first of 3 bedrooms on this side of the house. This will be my son’s room.
The brown room is our daughter Mara’s room.
And behold, the “old” master bedroom! Pretty sure this color is safety orange. It should be a crime for painting companies to sell this color paint to homeowners. I appreciate the stained glass window, the previous owner made it himself but it feels so dwarfed by the orange walls in this space. I feel like the stained glass should be highlighted in a better way.
And behold the “old master” bath, also painted safety orange. Please note the tiny shower and pedestal sink. Storage is certainly lacking in this space and we’re going to have to get creative for a while.
Transport yourself back to the kitchen. There’s access to the backyard right off the kitchen, and then a master suite addition added to the back of the house.
There’s so much potential in this space! Another initial course of action will be to remove the wall that separates both sides of this big room so we can really enjoy this space. The backyard is so beautiful, I imagine adding windows to the back wall to get a better view.
The layout of the master bathroom suite is a little funky, and we plan to make changes here to make better use of the space.
There you have it! Our new home! There’s a lot of work to be done and so much potential to be everything we hoped for in a ‘for-a-long-time’ home! I am seriously itching to get started, and the One Room Challenge™ is helping fuel that fire! Can you guess which room we’re making over for the One Room Challenge™?