Hello, Vixens!!! I know I have been promising to share pictures of my current apartment with you, but it never really arrived at where I wanted it to be. In a way, it was a blessing in disguise that I never settled in as a new job is taking me to a small New England town!!! I am so excited!!!
So since I never shared my current apartment, I decided to share my house. I owned it from 1999 to 2013. It was the longest I lived anywhere. I am sorry to admit I never got the place to where I wanted it, nor did I follow through with a lot of the plans I had for it. Sometimes procrastination gets the best of me.
Keep in mind that my house was on the market when these pictures were taken, so although it was not cluttered by any means, I did pare it down to give it a more contemporary look. That also included replacing the antique sinks I had installed in the kitchen & the bathroom…..sigh :(. Here is the front of my little 811 square foot two bedroom cottage (one from summer, one from winter).
The first room you walked into from the front door was the living room. The armoire was purchased for $40 from a neighbor who was relocating, and the coffee table was also from a moving sale for about the same price. It was the first second-hand piece I ever purchased and it is still my favorite. It holds one of my most cherished pieces of Ironstone. The stand holding the Ironstone bowl & pitcher was purchased at Brimfield. The beautiful hardwood floor was covered with commercial carpet when I moved in. The man I hired to refinish the floor did a phenomenal job, didn’t he?
The fireplace separated the living room from the eat in kitchen. It was all white when I moved in so I decided to repaint the mantel & bottom with a different color for some pop (that is actually the same paint color I used in the second bedroom). The doors were brass and very scratched up so I painted them with a high heat spray paint that covered beautifully. It even worked on the fireplace tools (not pictured).
Next up was the kitchen. Everything in here I replaced. The house was bank owned when I bought it, and prior to that it was a rental for many years. So the cabinets were cheap and falling off the walls and the floor tile had seen better days. Part of my deal with the bank was that they had to supply a stove and refrigerator as the house had neither, so the new appliances gave me a jump start at redecorating. Then I ripped out the cabinets and put down a peel and stick tile myself. I put it in the bathroom as well. It was as close to the black & white checkerboard look I could get at my Home Depot.
At one point I had a two-tub antique sink and an oven from the 50’s which I could not afford to have fixed (both thrifted). I also had a standing cupboard and a shelf to display some of my cherished items from my mother and grandmothers. I took them all out when I decided to sell the house as sadly, antique kitchens are not the norm where I lived. 😦
The chairs were all second hand and the table was from Pottery Barn Outlet (one of my weaknesses!!!) The curtains in front of the sliding glass doors were actually two table cloths I bought on clearance at Target. The backsplash looks like copper but it was actually plastic which I put up myself with caulk adhesive. The lighting fixture was from Home Depot.
The antique bread box was another Brimfield purchase. All the cabinets in the kitchen, along with the counter tops, the sink and faucet were from Lowe’s.
Off the sliding glass doors in the kitchen was the deck. I found the table on the side of the road and repainted it. The chairs were from two different estate sales. I love that they were mismatched. 🙂
Also off the kitchen was the bathroom. In addition to the floor I had the wainscoting put in with a ledge so I had a place to put votive candles. I also replaced the sink, faucet, vanity, mirror (all from Lowe’s) and the lighting fixture (another Pottery Barn Outlet find). Do you see the washboard I turned into a towel holder on the wall? All it took was a dowel and two drill holes. And the vases holding the flowers are small milk bottles.
Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the bedrooms. The second one was so small it was hard to photograph, and I never brought the master one to where I wanted it aesthetically, so I left them both to view in person only.
So there you have it, Vixens. A further view into my life and decorating style. I hope you enjoyed it. Please share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comments below.
Until next time, fellow vixens, happy digging!!!