Here’s where the before photos take a turn for the worst. The basement is the most terrifying spot of the house by far. This is where you’ll find mummified mouse bodies, decaying walls and a plethora of old records left behind to choose from (Peter Pan, Bob Dylan and Bobby Darin were the highlights).
I’m most excited about fixing up the old furniture downstairs and really bringing them to life to make them brighten up the current zombified state of things. Here’s a shot of the pool table before Pete cleaned it up with the shop vacuum, which made a huge difference. Now we just need to find an entire set of pool balls since somehow the previous homeowners lost a few of them.
The washer/dryer are a bummer to look at, but at least they work and we’re not being charged $2.75 a load. Pete tested them out last night and now has a ton of clean undershirts to show for it! As part of our escrow (I’ll ramble more about our disaster of a settlement soon, I promise), we will be having the chipping paint on the basement walls cleaned up and sealed. I’d like to get patio paint sooner than later so the floors can be a nice shade of brown and less frightening. I don’t want to feel like I’m walking into the Home Alone basement every time I go downstairs to wash my clothes. Ok, let’s be honest, Pete takes care of laundry, but I might have to go down there at some point!
Some of the things the previous homeowners left behind for us, not including the hanging crucifix which I will share with you all later!
Here are the stairs that are located right near the oven in the kitchen, which lead to the upstairs floor. There was an unfortunate trend of wood panelled walls at some point, which we will be addressing with gallons of paint for the time being. The upstairs bathroom is full and perfectly functioning, but we could do without the butterfly wallpaper and vinyl floors so we’ll be tackling that once we make the bottom floor more move-in ready.
Betty White is partial to the all-wood room, which we aren’t quite sure what to do with. We will mostly be living only on the bottom floor until we can afford to heat/cool the entire house. For now, the upstairs will contain the guest room and this room, which we’ll likely turn into an art/photo studio or something until we are grown up enough to think about babies and stuff.
The long hallway, which has horse curtains on either end (I kind of think we might keep these and clean them up) a lot of dreary rugs which were immediately ripped up after these photos were taken. Betty White was adjusting herself all ladylike while I admired a portion of the wall that is filled with the previous owner’s vintage encyclopedias (which we’re keeping!).
The guest room will need to have the wallpaper removed and painted, in addition to revamping all of the furniture to make it more modern. The mattress needs to be tossed since it doesn’t have the most attractive smell on the planet, so add that to our ginormous list of to-do items. Speaking of lists, we were inspired by Young House Love to write down everything we’d like to accomplish, whether short term or long term, so I’ll be sharing that with all of you soon.
That just about does it for “before” photos. Next up I guess I’ll start sharing the progress we’ve made so far in the house and what we hope to realistically accomplish before we move in this summer.