I really need to start a blog on all this. I could gobble up 299main.com but I am a little weary of having my home address as a domain name. Suggestions? ColonialRevivalReno.com?
Anywho it's been a month since we have owned the house, and 3 or so weeks since we moved in. We've started a couple minor projects. (pictures to come)
Kitchen. Painted inside the built in kitchen cabinets. My wife could not stand the faded mustard yellow paint, so she went for a cool blue. Also put up new curtains in there so at least it had some non-floral character. There is still so much that needs to be done that hopefully we can do next year. The fridge is really on it's last legs but given the space in the kitchen I really can't buy anything deeper, and at best slightly wider. I had been thinking of a countertop-depth or built-in style fridge but you pay such a premium for them, and thanks to the hot-water heater debacle that drained a good portion of 2012 renovations and improvements budget.
Kids Bedrooms. The first 24 hours saw my wife tearing some small sections of the first layer of wallpaper in the kids bedrooms. It took another on-and-off time for two weeks to strip those two layers and the paper backings. After some spackling of my son's room, I pained the first coat with Behr's Tropical Splash (blue). Unfortunately the color helped show a lot of the imperfections I missed with the spackle. So now it's the second round of spackle and preparing for the next coat of paint.
My daughter's room, thanks to a built-in, will take longer to do.
Linen Closets. The old paint just looked kind of nasty, so I threw on a fresh coat of white paint for now.
I haven noticed some things of concern.
Cracks. When we first looked at the house, we saw some long ceiling cracks that we figured is foundational settlement cracks (the house is at least 82 years old). But after carefully mapping the floorplan, I see that the cracks are at parts above where a room's wall is. For instance in the living room there is a long crack where the master bed meets up with the closet. I'm not sure if I really should be concerned. We are talking 82 years.
Ants. Seeing more ants in the house. Looks like carpenter ants. :/
Circa 1930's Colonial Revival - Kingston NY