So, as I went down to visit with my mom and dad this past weekend, we went by the house to check out the latest progress. More painting has been done to cover up the old yellow, purple, and green walls. What the heck were these folks thinking?? Believe me, a lot of the rooms were really messed up with ugly paint and bad decisions.
Now, a lot of it has been covered in simple white Kilz and it just looks so fresh and new. I can see the floors need some love, and I hope we will be able to re-finish those by sanding them down and putting a new coat of stain and varnish on them.
It really is looking good and I can visualize how the house will look with new kitchen cabinets and all of the trim completed. My mom is starting to think about furniture and decor and wants a cottage / farmhouse feel for the house. It definitely has simple roots and we don’t want to make it feel too fussy. We want a light and airy feel and to keep everything pretty minimal.
I’m so excited to see how it all turns out. We will add some simple landscaping around the house, maybe a couple of porch swings out front. I can’t wait to sit on the porch with my mom and dad and the rest of my family, where my grandparents once stood.
Well, this is a new outlet for me and I hope you’ll come along with me on my journey. I’ll be documenting the rehab and re-design of my father’s childhood home.
My parents purchased the small modest home that my dad grew up in down in Southwest Georgia. When my dad was in college at the University of Georgia, his mother and father still lived in the tiny house. They were both tragically killed in a car accident when my dad was just 21 years old. After their deaths, the house was sold and exchanged hands through a couple of other families through the past 50 years. When the opportunity came up where my parents could purchase the home, they did just that with the intent of bringing it back to life and improve the house along with adding a little value to the tiny community where it’s located.
It’s a very simple house, and my mom said it was likely a Sears kit home from around 1920 or so. It looks like a ‘double shotgun’ house, with a bedroom on the right side right as you walk in the door. My grandfather used to use that space as his room. Behind the bedroom is a small bathroom and hallway, then another bedroom on the back side of the house (which was my Granny Webb’s). On the left side is the living room, dining area, and kitchen on the back of the house.
They have gutted the kitchen and will be getting modern cabinets and appliances to update the space. Hopefully, eventually it’ll look like this…
Also, there were 2 really odd spaces for the bathrooms, and we will just reconfigure those and add tiled showers. My mom purchased a pedestal sink for each bathroom and new toilets. Here’s how that’s coming along…
Just getting all of the old, beat up cabinets out of the house, stripped it down to it’s core. It’s still got 1960’s-70’s paneling up in some of the rooms, but that’ll all be removed exposing the original wood plank walls.
I’m really excited to see it come along so far. My mom’s brother, Uncle Donnie, and his friend, Junior, have worked on everything so far, and I’m so proud of what they’ve done. I know my parents (and grandparents in heaven) are as well.
I’ll be going down this next weekend, and hopefully I can get some more pictures and updates on the rehab project. Hope everyone has a great week!