April 19, 2004

A Place To Call Home - Part Deux

I closed on my house on Friday, so, obviously, I've been working on my house all weekend. All pictures here are thumbnails, just in case you want to look more closely at a house built and not updated since 1958.


This is the living room, where, apparently, I'll do most of my living. You'll notice a considerable amount of painting supplies in the picture, owing primarily to the holy God-awful color scheme prevalent, oh, throughout the entire room. By the time this picture was taken, my girlfriend had painted most of the trim around the crown moulding and door and window trim. The sheer size of the living room ensures I'll be on great terms with Sherwin-Williams for the foreseeable future.

Oh, and speaking of color schemes, check out the dining room/or extended kitchen.


Be sure to check out the chandelier which, I'm sure, was entirely hip in 1958, when the house was built. I don't know about you, but the prevalent color of urine yellow has prompted me to have to pee.

So, let's instead go into the kitchen.


The most recent appliance? I'm not sure. It's either the refrigerator or the microwave. It's certainly not the range, or the stove. The range features a push button console that, I think, Capt. Kirk used to fire on the Klingons. We continue with the frightening color scheme, now featuring a hideous some sort of dark green in golf pant stripe pattern.

We continue on to the bedroom, which was apparently painted to resemble a pack of Wrigley's Spearmint gum.


I should note here, and note here emphatically, that the carpets featured throughout the house WILL. NOT. STAND. That's the beauty of the house. There are gorgeous hardwood floors just below the circa 1958 carpet. Granted, the floors will have to be sanded, and stained, and sealed, but oh boy will they be freakin' unreal!!! As for the bedroom here: as of tonight's insane amount of work, it's largely not Doublemint Fresh. It's a wonderful color picked out by my girlfriend.

That's not to say there aren't color scheme nightmares yet to address. I give, oh my God, the pink room. THE PINK ROOM!!


By the way, keep in mind, the ceilings of both the bedroom AND the pink room were the same colors as the wall, so I of course had to slather three layers of white ceiling paint on the, er, ceilings. I keep meaning to do more with the pink room, but I just can't do it, because. . .


So. Much. Pink. I keep thinking of panthers. Pink panthers. And Barbie. And then I want to puke. Thankfully, the bathroom is right next door, where I'm confronted with. . .

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Oh, by the way, you may be wondering about the huge porch. It's still a huge porch, but right now I'm using it to store all the trash I'll get rid of eventually.


There are other pictures, but it's getting late. I'll show you the basement (haunted basement, I think) and some outside pics as well.

Posted by Ryan at April 19, 2004 01:08 AM

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm sooo excited for you! The color scheme and outdated appliances asside, what an awesome investment for you! Can't wait to see the after shots! And kudos on the hardwood floors! You're gonna love having your own home! It's GREAT!!!

Posted by: MH2 at April 19, 2004 08:50 AM

I wonder if they had a girl. That pink is amazing. I think it as inspired by someone who drank too much cherry kool-aid and then decided to vomit.

The basic layout of the rooms looks great and I'm so envious of that porch. I know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but it will be worth it.

Congrats, again.

Posted by: Heather at April 19, 2004 10:04 AM

I bet you already know the fastest way to your local hardware store!

Yep, the place needs some work but that's part of the fun. At least you don't have two walking assholes for neighbors.

Congrats, Ryan!
Sorry about the vexing issues of your slack time at the office.

Posted by: Johnny Huh? at April 19, 2004 12:23 PM

That pink couls be worse, it could be like that in the bathroom. Trust me, not so good for a hangover morning! Congrats on getting the house. Man, you must be getting domesticated, new mattress, new house. What's next...marriage and the baby carriage! HE HE HE! :)

Posted by: Crystal at April 20, 2004 09:53 AM

That pink could be worse, it could be like that in the bathroom. Trust me, not so good for a hangover morning! Congrats on getting the house. Man, you must be getting domesticated, new mattress, new house. What's next...marriage and the baby carriage! HE HE HE! :)

Posted by: Crystal at April 20, 2004 09:54 AM

Congrats on owning a home! Now the rest of our free time will be sucked up maintaining your home and yard.

The odd colors I can understand because that is what they did back then, but why did they carpet the porch?

Posted by: Scott McGerik at April 20, 2004 03:00 PM

I'm sure you and Rory will have a fabulous time in the pink room. (That room isn't helping the rumors, Ryan.)

Posted by: B.J. at April 20, 2004 09:02 PM

Look on the bright side: all that horrible fucking carpet means you don't have to be too careful about getting paint on the floor. It's a built-in drop cloth.

By the way, The Girl keeps rattling on to me about some kind of trick you can do with old carpet where you can roll sod out on it or something and it'll hold water so that you hardly ever have to water your lawn. Crazy as this sounds, The Girl actually gets most of her ideas from respected trade magazines and such. So if you have a lawn and you don't want to pay to have all that carpet hauled away, let me know and I'll ask her to e-mail you about it.

Posted by: Joshua at April 21, 2004 02:39 PM

And I should stipulate that I'm probably recalling the details of this carpet trick incorrectly. I'll ask her about it.

Posted by: Joshua at April 21, 2004 02:40 PM
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