The only recent update that we have made on the house is in our kitchen by replacing cabinet knobs. The replacements were from Lowe's and work quite well considering they were 1 dollar a piece.
A personnal update: a few months ago we lost our lovely kitty Samantha.
After 17 years I must say the she was the happiest at our house and I was happy that we were able to bury her under our plum tree. It was very sad to have her leave us and we missed her presence in the house and after a while broke down and rescued Jupiter a Scottish Deerhound. He is something else and we just love him to bits and pieces. He is also a fan of Mid Century Modern furniture; when we first brought him home the first thing he did was climb into our Selig.
In other news we had a great Chrismas. The house was cozy and warm and the best presents we received were Lowe's and Home Depot gift cards that we are going to put towards restoring our bathroom this summer. I can't wait to learn how to tile!
This is the look that we want.
Amber also got this totally awesome hair dryer that actually works. And that white thing is a reading light by the way.
What can you get for $125? Well on craigslist I found this Selig Lounge, and it is in mint condition. I do, of course, want a real one, but oddly enough the Selig and Plycraft ones are more comfortable because they recline. We need two though so we dont have to fight over who gets to sit in it.
I realised the other day that we had never posted any photos of the back yard so here is the back of the house. The yard was dead when we moved in but its filling in nicely. We have a lot of plans for landscaping.
That whole corner will be raised and covered in small trees and shrubs. The tiki torches will stay, for a jungle feel. The fence is going to be covered by a row of tall shrubs all the way around fo rmore privacy, although it is already very private.
The patio has seen better days and we havent settled on anything yet but we have been talking about pouring a solid slab here and color it gray.
Our new front porch light courtesy of Hippo Hardware in Portland.
Another Hippo find.
If you have been to Portland and have never been to Hippo Hardware then shame on you. Now I assume that if you are reading our blog then you have some kind of interest in restoration projects, but even if you don't you can have a lot of fun just looking at all of the stuff they have there all while being entertained (or harassed) by the more then friendly staff. I liken it to going to a really cool record store, only with windows, doors, bathtubs, toilets, and lights instead of records. Check it out.
The bathroom is going to be tiled and probably in a white/green motif, and then we purchased a few little details to help add to its functionality and coolness like a little built in mirror that flips around to reveal a toothbrush holder and soap dish.
We also are getting a matching toilet seat.
The tub is cool and in perfect condition.
This is a late 40s Crane sink, which is cool, but I kind of want one with chrome legs.
This is what I really want.
We have had these lights in our storage unit for about 2 years and we finally got to use them. Amber got them at Lowes for about $5 a piece since nobody around here seems to be into mid century they couldnt sell them!
I could not have imagined that the wall unit would have fit so well in this room. We bought it from a guy who said it was in his house when he moved in and he didnt want it anymore so for 150 bucks I bought it. It is extremely strong and our records dont seem to be too heavy. Eventually we will put a tv in there, but we have really been enjoying not having tv at all, we get a ton of stuff done.
We created this site to copy many who have come before us. Our favorites have always been an inspiration and we hope that some of the things we do can inspire someone else but as everyone has different taste, we encourage you to check out the other sites which I will link as soon as I figure out how.
Here are some photos of the home as it looked when we made an offer. As we progress we will update the blog with pictures of our work. Thanks for looking!
I will get a better front shot.
Dig those mosaics (it was one of the first things to go)
Typical tiny bathroom, but it does have a green tub and toilet. Anybody got a lead on a matching sink?
The view from the den to the living area.
Archway into the guest bedroom (or guest redroom) with built-ins.