Saturday, February 12, 2011

Left to die

Welcome home.

Remember the gorgeous main level I showed you all the photos of before?

Prepare yourselves for the upstairs!
Today we had our inspection and all went well.
As you can see in the following photos, the upper level hasn't had any TLC for the years?
Miss Ethel, whom I learned was actually born in this home didn't use the upstairs level much.
 She lived alone and is now 89 and has relocated.
Don't be fooled by the water stains on the walls.
The roof is brand new and has actually been replaced twice since these stains were created.
For some unknown reason, she just never made the effort to clean up the damage and now that the house is structurally sound, the upstairs looks a mess.

Under all this mismatched linoleum are pine floors to match the downstairs.
Just waiting to be refinished by us!
 I also learned one of the reasons the floors downstairs are in such great shape is because for the last 50 years they have been covered by linoleum and gold shag carpet!
The family ripped it all out and refinished the pine & oak before putting it up for sale.

This is inside one of the bedrooms upstairs.
It appears there was a mini door here, perhaps to store children in at one time.
 Okay maybe not, but in any case someone wallpapered over it and the it was used again later.
Possibly to assess damage when the roof was leaking.

I thought this was.... for lack of a better word  "Precious."

Hot isn't it?!

This is all cosmetic though, we just need to rip all this junk down.
 I swear there is potential under all this. You just wait and see!

Here is the other bedroom. 

This funny door is off the hallway.
It leads you into the eves of the house.
 Awkward to walk in but good storage. This door comes up to my hip.

This door leads to the other side of the eve, it is tall enough to walk in and use for a closet or something.
I love the doors and the knobs.
The sellers also left us all the original skeleton keys for the doors too.

Heading back down stairs

Who wants to come paint with me!?
We will supply the beer.


Tiffany said...

me, me! oohhh, pick me!! will you supply my plane ticket, too? :)

i can tell that it's going to be FABulous by the time you finish with it!

Colby's Momma said...

I love it! You are going to have SO much fun fixing this up with your hubby!

Katia said...

So adorable & so much potential!

Lindsi said...

I LOVE IT! So much character, and a ton of potential...I see it! HAVE FUN, can't wait to see more pix!

Stephanie said...

Way cute. Definitely going to be a great house once it's all redone. May you'll even find a place for your "high fidelity" window wall. :)

Nikki said...

It's adorable. Great find! Can't wait to hear more from Miss Ethel ;)

Chelsea said...

You are going to have so much fun making this home your own! I can't wait to see it as you go along.