Thursday, March 5

This talking house

update: so we spent Sunday there, hanging out and meeting neighbors and we decided...to go for it! hehehehe, exciting, so maybe this blog will have a remodeling section?? Hmmm, sounds good.
So I have been looking for a home in Atlanta since we moved here...or rather since we decided to stay here after we moved here (it was a tough choice, but we love our families.) We have fallen in love with a little neighborhood called Kirkwood... although it blends into East Lake and Oakhurst rather atlanta srawl-rilly. And, since our economy is taking a crap break...we are no longer priced out of this groovy little spot.
Anwywho, I am in love with a feisty little brick cottage from the early 20's, and this house, like for months now, has been speaking to me. I first walked inside the solid wood door and he (yes he, is a frustrated vaudeville actor, lots of talent, but his bathroom was always too ugly for real stardom.) Anyway, he says to me, "HEY, finally, I have been sitting here for like, a year! I have got an itch you wouldn't believe right behind my screened in porch! go and have a look. I know carpeting, sheesh, I was overpriced for a while there, and my kitchen tiles are...shall we say...the shame of my very soul, yes I have a soul, it lives in my crawl space. Oh, before I forget... PAINT MY FREAKING FLOORS WHITE!!!"


Now before you get carried away, we have not even put an offer on this home, we still have not stalked it sufficiently, or interrogated the neighbors, or camped out in it to get a "feel" for it :) But a girl can daydream, no? Image above from Domino...sniff.





The rest of the images come from House Beautiful. Now, you can find all sorts of people talking about white painted floors online...even anna did it, and I just admire her handy-ness so much. So considering we were to use washable paint...high gloss...anyone know how hard they are to keep clean? I heard once that they are easier to keep looking clean, b/c dust is light...were they drunk when they told me that?

22 comments:

  1. what happened to your dark interior love ;)

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  2. Cheryl, OOOHHHH, you got me. I know, I know, but this particular house is very adamant about his floors being painted white, (he is actually being kind of a bully about it.)

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  3. This house is gorgeous. We have nothing of the sort up here in the NC mountains.

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  4. oooh i can't wait to see where this goes!

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  5. That house is so freaking cute. I love it. Stalk it some more and decide to live there.

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  6. Such a quaint cottage! Perfect with all it's nooks and crannies.
    I'd LOVE to paint my floors white! I'm just a big chicken. I do have a bunch of antique furniture I've painted white and can vouch for the lack of dust (or the appearance of dust)...my black buffet, on the other hand, is a BIG pain in the arse and I have to dust it daily!!! ARGH!

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  7. Good luck with the house! I don't think dust would be your problem if you painted the floors white. What I've seen in many white-floored photo studios are the inevitable black scuffs. If you put pads under your furniture though, that would probably help.

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  8. i hope you get the house!!! i am crazy for brick and there is pretty much ZERO brick in los angeles.

    i hope you don't paint the floors. i think it is a crime to paint wood -- sorry if it this sounds harsh!!!

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  9. i hope you get the house. fresh canvas and oh so charming. then i can live vicariously through your room by room decorating... :)

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  10. really sweet house!
    not a crime to paint wood floors if that's what you want. that's the beauty of it being your house!
    our experience is based on our painted cork floors. it sucked. totally sucked. that said, i think that we had a hard time because the cork was tiled and all of the little cracks and dings sucked in dirt (not to mention the cork material being more porous). this was in our bedroom which meant no shoes ever and it still looked constantly dirty. mopping made it look worse. but i think if you were really diligent about preparing the surface (preps is everything) you could do it and love it....really and truly. do it!

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  11. I love love love my white stairs. But. Dust does show up. So does hair, and spilled things. Also, if you walk around barefoot outside a lot, you will have little dirty footprints all over. Sometimes this is charming. Sometimes it is not.

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  12. Hmm, yes, I do kind of feel like it is a crime to pain the wood floors, b/c if over time I decide I hate it...well then I have a big mess on my hands to return them to their glory. Is it like shag carpet? People thought that was a great idea, so wonderful, and who would ever get tired of shag??? Alas...I don't want to shat my floors...

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  13. That little cottage looks so perfect. I'm in love with several similar styles in our neighborhood.

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  14. the house looks fabulous! I hope you get it (if you decide to put a bid on it) :-)

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  15. I love it when houses "talk" to us, my new house definately had a word to me when I first saw it, definately a good sign.

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  16. Okay, I won't get myself all worked up about this house but... clearly you must buy it and clearly you must paint the floors white.
    Thank you.

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  17. Don't be scared...
    That neurotic person (Barry, above) telling you that you must buy this house and you must paint the floors white is actually me hiding in my husband's google account. He gets so irritated when I forget to switch over to mine and end up leaving comments with his name all around blog land. Oops!

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  18. Even just from this one picture I can see why you have fallen in love - it looks so charming and full of potential. Good luck, I hope you get it.
    Catherine

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  19. The white and green room is amaizng!!

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  20. hi, i tagged/awarded you in my blog :)

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  21. Congrats on the update! I do love the white interior btw :)

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