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The First Floor of My House
First Floor Floor PlanYou can click on the picture to the left to see the floor plan for the first floor.

After the more thorough jobs of renovation on some of the rooms upstairs, I lowered my standards downstairs. The walls and ceilings all over the house were painted with textured paint by the previous owner - yuck! I did not sand them downstairs like I did in some rooms upstairs. This meant I was restricted to paint, since wallpaper will not stick to that textured paint. Except for the dining room, I did not strip the wood work. The floors had already been refinished, so all I had to do was remove the old wax, clean them well, and rewax them. However, the light floors do not look as good with the dark trim. You can see from the dining room how much better it looks with lighter trim.

Already renovated (more or less) in this order.

Bathroom
Bedroom
Foyer
Living Room
Dining Room

Not renovated and last on the list.

I would like to make the storage room into the kitchen and turn the bathroom into a butler's pantry, since I believe that's how they were originally. Then I would turn the laundry room into a bathroom and the pantry into a closet. The kitchen, which is really an enclosed porch, would become the laundry room and a general utility room.

NOTE: There are slideshows for each room. If you click on any picture, you will be taken to the online slideshow where the pictures are larger and there are extensive comments.

Bathroom

Once I no longer had an office in my home, I decided to basically live on the first floor. So I had to move my bedroom downstairs. However, before I could sleep downstairs, I had to make the bathroom functional. I wish I had taken before pictures - it was totally disgusting. The bottom half of the wall was covered with green plastic tiles, which were almost totally black with mold. Once I removed them, I discovered bead board. The floor was covered in green, yucky rubbery floor tiles that were coming loose. Underneath was a hardwood floor with many layers of different colored paint. And did I mention there is no electricity or central air/heat in this room?

Since my long term plans don't call for this room to remain a bathroom, my goal was not to renovate - but just to make it clean and relatively functional. I probably exposed myself to all kinds of toxins while doing this, so please don't turn me in to the EPA. I don't think I'm contagious.

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Bedroom

After the bathroom was functional, I could start on the bedroom. This room is actually not just a bedroom - it's really more like a family room. This is where I read, eat, sew, and do needlework and other crafts. Notice there is no television here. That's because I don't own one. Instead I read a lot and spend quite a bit of time on the internet. That's one reason why I have time to do renovations.

 

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Foyer

The foyer also serves as my office, which lets me look out the windows and see what's happening. The paint colors throughout the house were chosen to match the tiles in the fireplace. However, there is no fireplace in this room, so I painted it to matched the stained glass in the door.

 

 

 

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Living Room

The colors for each room in the house were selected to match the tiles in the fireplace. The tiles in the living room are brown and beige, which I don't really like. I wanted one of my rooms to be red, because all Victorian houses had a red room. So the walls are red and shades of beige.

 

 

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Dining Room

This was the last room I did downstairs - the kitchen etc will be the last thing I do. People are shocked that I didn't do the kitchen first, but I don't spend much time in my kitchen like others do.

The pictures for this room include a diary of the renovation - the first one I did. It was my daughter's suggestion. She lives overseas and wanted to see the progress I was making.

The big difference between the dining room and the other downstairs rooms is that I stripped the woodwork. I really like the way it looks and may do it in the other rooms - but not until all other rooms are finished. I may not live long enough - or at least stay physically capable!

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Kitchen

This was supposed to be the last room in the house that I renovated, since I don't spend much time there. However, I had a crisis and had to leave the hallway to work here.

On Friday the 13th, my refrigerator died. Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until late Saturday morning. By then, everything was totally ruined.

So I had to clean out the refrigerator and go shopping for a new one. When I moved the old one, I discovered the linoleum floor was buckling underneath. Before I could put the new refrigerator in place, I had to tear out that flooring and see what the problem was. I decided to do a strip along one wall where the new refrigerator will go.

Of course, in an old house, nothing is simple. I ended up having to renovate a small section of the kitchen.

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