Good morning everyone. I am so happy to be back with you after what has been a crazy week. The move is finally behind us, most of our boxes are “kind of” unpacked and we have a working internet connection. Thank you for your patience while we started to settle in. A move is always slightly more work than you had expected, especially when you have to take into account the needs of a lively four-year old boy and his younger, almost seven month old, sibling. The week has been exciting but also quite nerve wracking as an international move is especially hard on our big boy who is in age to understand quite well what is happening and not exactly too happy about his new school, buddies to be, and language he doesn’t understand, yet.
While our house is still an absolute mess, which I really can’t show you at this point, I’d love to share the pictures I took before we moved in while it was still empty. We live in a residential area and the house was probably built at the end of the seventies. It still has lots of original features and a real vintage look to it. In other words it needs A LOT of love. The walls have this terrible grainy surface which I’ll have to live with unless I plan to re-plaster every wall. I don’t think this will happen as this is a rental after all. All the doors, closet doors (we have tons of storage as every room has built-in closets) and woodwork is still in the original dark high gloss wood color. After visiting the house in September and while preparing the move I thought I could keep them and play with their vintage feel but I’ve been living here for less than a week and already think that they need to go and be painted white. They are in pretty bad shape and just suck so much light away. I need to look into it but with the closets there must be something like 25 doors to paint and there is no way I can do it by myself.
Oh and did you notice the wooden corner trimming on the wall? Absolutely terrible. I don’t know if I will rip them away or just paint them over in whatever the new wall color will be. Probably the latest as I might get a nasty surprise if I take them away.
The first good news in terms of decoration is that the floor on the ground level in the living room, entryway and office has been replaced. It might only be oak laminate and far away from our beautiful Brussels oak flooring but anything, really anything, was a better option than what had been on the floors before: Huge brownish greyish marble effect tiles that gave you a headache from looking at them for too long and which would have been an absolute pain to decorate around. Wood laminate is a least a neutral base and works with everything! Here some of the before pictures. Beware of your eyes!
The kitchen is a beautiful example of all wooden rustic cabinetry. It’s really not my style but there is a huge amount of storage space and considering what else there is to do in the house I can live with it for the time being. The floor tiles are also marbled but there are neutral enough. I don’t know if painting the kitchen cabinet would be sufficient to really update it. Those front doors won’t ever be modern even painted in white. Maybe simply changing the fronts to white Ikea ones could do the trick if the sizes are standard. As I said I’ll look into it a little bit later.
Here are some pictures of the upper floor where you can once more see the beautiful wood paneled doors and door frames the house is befitted with. Do you have a solution for painting them that wouldn’t take me the next three years of my life to do it or cost me an arm to have it done?
As you can see there is quite a lot to do in terms of decorating and updating the house. I’d love to keep the vintage vibe somewhat and need to see if and how I can incorporate our Art Deco furniture into the mix. I am already considering the idea of selling some pieces. We also have a small garden which you might have peeked on the living room pictures. It certainly also needs some love. Bushes and trees need to be trimmed, flowers added, lawn needs to be cut, etc…;
I look forward to sharing the update with you. Have you moved recently? If so I’d love to hear what your biggest challenge has been. I wish you a lovely day and a great start into this new week!