All of the houses we looked at were either 1950's vintage complete with pink or turquoise bathrooms and flocked velvet wallpaper. The rest were 1970's style in all their harvest gold and avocado green glory.
Going in, we knew updating was going to be necessary. What we looked for was good layout and decent room size so that changes would be as painless as possible.
Immediately we got rid of the amazingly ugly light fixtures, the green and silver wallpaper, and the popcorn ceilings, and the gold and red dining room wallpaper was plastered over. The hideous vinyl floor in the powder room was tiled over too.
Next the white carpet (always a good choice for entry ways and dining rooms) was replaced with hardwood floors.
The ugly green polyester drapes were switched out for plantation shutters, the mexican tile fireplace was replaced with tumbled marble and a mantle was added, and the drafty windows were replaced too.
It was better, but it did leave the kitchen.
The kitchen is a good sized room that is really poorly designed. Cupboards and counters are just in one corner of the room and the rest is blank. This gave us about 9 feet of counter space broken up by a sink and stovetop. It also mean fewer cupboards and less counter than the tiny but well designed condo kitchen that I was leaving.
Aren't you just loving the harvest gold ovens? They do usually both work, though I admit that the guys at the appliance parts store recognize me because I've had to replace the element from the top oven so many times.This past fall we decided to suck it up and endure the pain of a kitchen remodel. We thought we were being smart by planning ahead and starting the work in January. Too bad none of the experts mentioned the pain of shopping for appliance and other kitchen parts and pieces (of which there are at least 27,006) during the holidays when there is all that other extra shopping and planning and company visiting going on. Yeah well, I'm telling you: see how nice I am?