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Shut the (Mid-Century) Front Door

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Here it is! After 6 years of this project getting pushed aside for more pressing matters (roof, landscaping, gutters, water heater, kitchen and bathroom remodels, backyard shed, etc.) we finally have a period appropriate front door on our ranch.

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It is a Builders Choice fiberglass door that we special ordered through Home Depot. They have a few other retro styles and can be ordered either primed white or finished in several colors. We chose a primed one and painted it this great minty green. The color is called Haven from Sherwin Williams.

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The Schlage brass escutcheon was NOS that I purchased on eBay.

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Since we were focusing on the outside this spring, I thought we needed some new planters to amp up the curb appeal. These match our new garage door colors: Holiday Turquoise and Haven by Sherwin Williams.

101_6212We also painted the undersides of the large overhangs on the house using the Holiday Turquoise. It is from the Suburban Modern collection.

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I have also been changing things up on the inside. This bark cloth tablecloth was scooped off of Etsy with a Mothers Day gift card. It coordinates nicely with my drapes.

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I think Judy Jetson would be proud.

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The new Goodwill store in my town has been a treasure trove lately. I am keeping the Vegas tray. Everything else will go in my Etsy shop.

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I found this plant (?) stand at Goodwill also. With a Home Depot bowl planter I think it looks good with my turquoise hoop chairs.

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This chaise was picked up last summer and sports a new coat of paint and colorful cushion. I also spray painted those little plant stands in new colors.

101_6197 I picked up a new umbrella for the patio table. We are still searching for a different patio dining table.

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Check back soon to see the newly painted cupola and weather vane on top of the garage!

Peeling Back the Layers in our 1952 Kitchen

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The demo continues.

As much as I dislike the mess, the history of my kitchen has me intrigued. How cool (and many times sad) to find what is hidden behind the years of upgrades in our Mid-Century modest home.

Hubby is busy extending the soffit in the kitchen to accommodate the new upper cabinets. A few of the older (we thought original) ceiling tile had to be removed. What we found was that the ceiling had been painted shiny copper at one time!

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Maybe it was painted to match this copper tile back splash that was also hidden long ago?

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You can see part of the original varnished upper cabinets before they met with a paint brush. I bet they looked pretty spiffy with that copper tile back splash, a copper painted ceiling and the adjoining knotty pine mud room!  I like to imagine that it had copper Colonial style lighting, cool bark cloth curtains and maybe copper or black colonial hardware on those pretty wood cabinets. Maybe the Mrs. here had copper canisters? Or maybe a weather vane wall hanging?

There is also evidence of salmon, minty green, red and bright turquoise paint on the walls. Sadly, at some point all the original ranch style trim was painted. Sigh…

This wall between the kitchen and mudroom has us confused:

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We think the smaller doorway to the left was added later? I cannot imagine the original plans called for a single doorway within inches of a double doorway.

All of the plaster had to be removed so the contractor could see what he was dealing with structurally. The header will have to be replaced so we can remove that center post.

This wall is going to be opened up to the living room to accommodate a snack bar area. We will then be able to view the fireplace from the kitchen and it will help with serving when we are entertaining. The bar top will match the retro patterned Wilsonart counters going in the kitchen.

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All of the beige back splash tiles came down, along with much of the plaster behind it. The walls will have to be repaired. We will be using the same Wilsonart laminate for the back splash.

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Has anyone ever seen copper painted ceilings (or walls)? Was that a common mid-century finish or maybe just something done on a whim by an adventurous homeowner?

The Horrors of Former Paint Jobs

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Hubby and I decided it was time to help the kitchen return to its former roots. At least with the wall color.  Because the extra paint left by the former owners of Croydon Place was unusable (can we say “put the lid on tight when you are done with the paint”) we couldn’t even touch up anything. All of the paint for the entire house was lumpy/stinky/goopy/rusty. All those gallons were hauled to paint recycle day at the Farmers Market.

Remember the Tuscan taupe:

Now it is aqua. We had enough paint left from the guest room redo so it didn’t cost a thing!

Hubby found evidence of former paint colors in the kitchen when scraping the dried drips of previous paint jobs. There was red, paler aqua, minty green, peachy pink  and yellow.

Of course under all that it was originally stained and varnished and looked like this:

Most of the woodwork in the house has been painted, with the exception of the knotty pine mudroom, 1 set of closet doors and the inside of 2 other doors 😦 But even those have drips of paint all over them:

When is it ok to let you kids put stickers all over the doors? And not wipe up the paint drips?

This is the inside of a painted  kitchen cabinet drawer. The whole house was painted in this manner 😦

I guess you can see why it makes me crabby.

On a brighter note, want to see my cutest laundry room ever? You remember that mid-century copper light fixture was a garage sale find ($25) and the little valances were only $7 on a Facebook linens page. The aqua pottery was picked up here and there for very little.

Oh, one thing that I forgot to mention. That washer and dryer are BRAND NEW. My old washer quit on me at 10pm a few Friday nights ago. Full of water no less. We did not plan on that little setback but…. now I have a new set to move into the big bathroom, where the laundry was when the house was built.

Next up for paint will be the living room/entry/hallway. We are looking at the greens in the Sherwin Williams Suburban Modern collection.  I am hoping to have it done before the holidays.

Then we will move on to the master bedroom. I am leaning towards the golds/corals maybe?

Stay tuned 🙂