(Closed) Advice to make an older home fit a modern style!

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have any pictures of the rooms? It really hard to give relevant advice without a reference point. (but in words the house sounds dreamy!) 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

tksjewelry:  agreed. Photos would help. 

crisy003:  I’m sorry but my jaw hit the floor after hearing this house, which sounds quite nice, is 60k?!?

Post # 5
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Busy bee

You should buy it! I think it looks more stylish to mix the old with the modern (instead of exclusively just one era/trend/style), you can rock it! Think ‘old house with modern elements’. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

crisy003:  $60K?! I’m super jealous! We are doing the same thing. Our house is from 1941 as well and I LOVE some of the charm it has! Coved ceiling, some arched doorways. And I plan on adding some modern elements, but trying to keep some of the vintage appeal because that’s what makes this house so special. I looooove West Elm! And some of their stuff is based on vintage already ie: I’ve been eyeballing a couple media cabinets there that are Mid Century Modern-esque. And yes, we need pictures!!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Little Green Footballs is a great decorating blog that I think will fit you ascetic. She does a lot of diy but she’s a interior designer who mixes the old with the modern. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would look at the Style Me Pretty Living home tours- they do a GREAT job of mixing modern with traditional. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

crisy003:  I love ’em both! But I like older homes so there ya go! You could totally modernize some stuff. Depends on how much moolah you have as to how far you can go! But houses are often works in progress. I have TONS of ideas for ours, but no dinero. Lol! One thing I’ll say, and maybe you already know, is our house had lots of ice dams due to bad insulation in the attic. Therefore we got leaks and will need to do some renovations now. S*cks big time. But that can be a thing with older homes. Your inspector will let you know that stuff, though. Oh, and as for yellow paint in the kitchen, at least paint is a pretty easy, cheap fix! FUN!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

crisy003:  Those houses are extremely similar, and I think with a little sweat, you can save yourself $15k. Rip out the carpets, paint the walls a nice color (like in house #2), and it will already look totally different. And get rid of that wainscotting! It ages the house. Our house is 1972 and it had that, too. You may need to replace the drywall underneath it, but it isn’t difficult, and drywall is pretty cheap. So, for the price of a few sheets of drywall, some paint, and refinishing if it needs it, your house can look just like the other one.

As for the kitchen, I would replace the flooring, get rid of the scalloped thingy above the window, and replace the cabinet handles with something sleek. You won’t believe how much of a difference handles can make!

The red in the dining room is far too dark for a space of those proportions, so I would get rid of the wainscotting (again) and paint the walls something brighter. 

A little paint and sweat will make a big difference!

We’re rennovating our house right now, and doing some similar projects (plus I’m a Realtor), so feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Oh, and change out the backsplash in the kitchen

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