The outside needs a paint job and a little TLC, but that was okay since we get to pick the color. We're still undecided on that for now, but leaning toward the original light avocado color spotted underneath layers of paint.
The sellers had taken great care of the place (can't BELIEVE they had three kids in here and you can tell they were a shoeless family); so basically the house is a blank slate that we get to personalize one room at a time.
Unpacking and organizing is still happening and seems like it will be happening for the next ten years or so, but we have managed to get the most important room in the house completed, so I can post the before and afters now!
The kitchen is fairly new and I didn't have a problem with the quality of the workmanship, but something about it was just cave-like. And I had an issue with the black countertops. You can't really see from the photos, but there is glitter in them. Not a delicate, natural rock-like shimmer, but big chunks of what can only be described as Stripper Glitter. Yeah. Come to find out later, these countertops are quartz. Very good, durable, solid counters. We couldn't justify replacing them and couldn't afford to do so anyway with the new mortgage payment. So I called in my friend Jessica Lynn (yes, she of the amazing life I am currently writing a movie about) and decided a paint job was the way to go.
The cake stand belonged to Derek's Grammy and I think it makes a perfect fruit plate and ties in the black and white theme. The girl head and ceramic figures on the windowsill belonged to my Grammy. The metal sign on the door is something I bought at a Red Cross flea market in Germany and gives a nice red accent. All in all, I am so happy with how it turned out. Now on to the next room . . .