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Evan Degenfelder

I realize this is an old post, but I want to put out some questions about vintage/period homes. We're going to be listing our 1936 Tudor/Cottage style home very soon. We've lived here for 18+years (raised our kids here) and have worked diligently on it over time. We have had realtors tell us "needs updating" while I maintain that people who love old homes don't feel that way. I would be interested in comments on just how much "updating" or "upgrading" before you've stripped out everything that makes it special?

Our kitchen retains its original (WOOD) cabinets--although rearranged to better function, and no our counters are not granite. The wood floors are original, refinished about a year ago. Your comments are welcome, thanks.

   
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Deenleny Parrish

A few suggestions would be to change out the painting over the living room fireplace for something more in line with the time period. Have you ever considered doing just the wall area around the fireplace a different bolder color? It would make the most of the feature in the room. Perhaps a small plant centerpiece on the table or a few larger floor plants to warm up the dining room? In the kitchen perhaps a red canister set and maybe one of the old red step stools for a pop of unexpected color. You certainly have done a great job of making it bright and well taken care of but these photos do appear a bit sterile. Less is more but only to a point. It has to feel lived in. If you don't want to paint entire rooms just do one wall. Color is the cheapest way to make a huge difference in decorating a home.

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Evan Degenfelder

Thank you for taking the time to comment! I chose "Palladian Blue" because it seemed quite close to the grey-ish green I'd found for 1930s houses online. Plus, I like it, ;-) The wall do appear a little washed out in my photos more so than they are in real life...The idea of painting the FP wall with a deeper color is interesting, I'm going to give that some serious thought. The FP is original, a Claycraft art tile surround that someone (in their infinite wisdom) had painted with flat white wall paint. We painstakingly removed it and repaired minor damage.

I had decided that we took depersonalization too far, so your tips for the kitchen and dining room are good as well. Thanks very much.

Evan

   

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