Updating older 1970 s paneled home
(So what you see throughout the post will be tips on how to update a house from the 1980’s but it can certainly be applied to other homes from other decades as well.) My neighborhood is also full of couples in their mid 20’s to mid 30’s. In cases like mine where we got a decent deal on our home, we also got a home that hadn’t been updated since “Full House” came on TGIF.
Therefore there are things I like about my house but also things that aren’t so fabulous.
When you go to clean the tops, you will see the spots again until they dry.
Despite the water mark stuff, I love the counter-tops far better than my previous ones and the bathroom still looks much better than before. They also make this Rust-Oleum 258512 Counter Top Transformations, Small Kit, Charcoal paint for kitchen counter updates which is a little more expensive but based on the way the bathroom turned out and if I was struggling to live with my current kitchen counters, I’d give it go!
To make our house consistent, we tried to pick the brushed bronze finish fixtures for our whole house as we replaced lighting.
I used the same black that’s on the kitchen and front doors, except in a satin finish—Valspar’s Dark Kettle Black. It’s a little difficult to see the detail through photos (I have to bump up the exposure a bit, hence the grainy-ish pics) but it’s really lovely in person.
I haven’t tried their new Reserve line yet, but I can’t imagine needing anything better than their Signature. here’s after just one coat: Of course the plywood took to it better than the painted white door—it almost covered in just one coat!
In a perfect world, they would all be beautifully constructed and detailed solid wood, but there’s no way I’m spending that much on all of the doors in the house. I briefly considered making them all stained wood, but that requires veneer (which is quite costly), so I decided to go with paint instead.
I ran through a few gray options but decided they would compete with the gray in the floors, and then I saw this from Dear Lillie and was absolutely sold on black: There’s just something about black doors that brings character, richness and sophistication to a space.
For the foyer I used the $30 cabinet-grade 1/4″ plywood because I wanted to stain it.