Friday, January 30, 2009

HGTV Friday 5

will smama's got this one, from the RevGalBlogPals:
As some of you may know I am in the midst of my first home purchase. It is a new-build and so some of the fun was picking out upgrades and major decor items to my taste rather than walking into a previously owned home that needed to be upgraded room by room (pink and teal tiles in the bathroom, anyone?). As much as decorating is not my thing, I did try to embrace the moment because just how many times do you get to have a do-over on kitchen cabinets/floors/countertops?

And so, my questions to you this fine Friday involve your home past, present or future...

1) If you could, what room in the place you are currently living would you redo first?
The master bedroom and bath. It's small and awkward. I'd tear down the wall between the master bedroom and the smaller guest room, competely redo and enlarge the bathroom, and create a master suite with decent size closets and room for both the dresser and the chest of drawers. Alas, it's a rental house!

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home?
Well, it *could* have been the avocado dryer or the fake woodgrain carpet. But I really think it was the purple sink in the tiny bathroom with the pink plastic (yes, plastic--with little white swirls) tile.

3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach?
I want a decent office with great built-in bookcases and storage, and also a guitar room for Ben. If I can get the time and accept the compromise, I think there's a major purge ahead for us and I've got the freestanding cabinets and salvaged maple door to make a great workspace for me. Ben's on his own! ;)

4) Your kitchen - love it or hate it? Why?
It's okay. Hate that the original dial is off the oven, so I have to guess what temperature I'm setting it to. Love that there is almost enough cabinet space and counterspace.

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do?
Master bath, no question. Even without moving the wall, there are some persistent leaks that I suspect won't be fixed until we move out and the floor can be torn up. So I'd do that first. Or bribe someone at Extreme Makover: Home Edition to redo the whole thing!

BONUS: Why do you think there was such a surplus of ugly bathroom tile colors showcased in all homes built from the 1950's right through the early 80's?
I'm afraid the French may be right. We had institutionally bad taste. Although we had in one parsonage, turquoise counters, with the chrome strip and the nails poling out to snag your clothes. It really wouldn't have been too bad, even could have been cheery, without the dark wood cabinets. Give me a bright and clean-looking kitchen any day!


  1. Wow, your hideous items list is amazing! I've seen an avocado dryer, but not the other stuff!

  2. Fake woodgrain carpet! Wow...that is like taking way too many bad things and putting them together.

  3. Yes, I can't even imagine fake woodgrain carpet...we had an avocado refrigerator (bought used as my husband longed for a side-by-side) once, though. But I think you're right, the bathroom takes the cake.

  4. i can't get over the fake woodgrain carpet! amazing! i am totally going to see if i can find a picture of that online!

    great play!

  5. woodgrain carpet??? that's just wrong on so many levels...

    I love the idea of using the $10,000 to bribe someone to do the whole house! That's very clever--I wish I'd thought of it. :-)

  6. well now let's be clear... plastic tiles are a NO-NO. ceramic or none. purple sink with the pink? that's just wrong unless it's the little girl's bathroom at a preschool... adn even then my friend. but i'm thinkin' the purple sink would hide well the stains from tempera paints...

  7. avocado dryer! They still exist, you know?! Great play!

  8. The office...with great bookshelves and storage...great idea.

  9. Quality wood cabinets are made of superior wood materials without fillers. The result is durable cabinets for all your kitchen needs, as well as an elegant look that will never go out of style.


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