What does it mean to “keep it original”? There is a movement happening. People are destroying everything in sight. Sledgehammers are reducing kitchens to a pile of rubble within minutes. I’m here to say “STOP.”
- Stop wasting money.
- Stop removing all the character from your homes.
- Reuse things! Get creative!
- Preserve history!
This is a photo of my 122-year-old doorknob. If my doorknob could talk, we’d have a book. If my doorknob had eyes, imagine all the styles it would have seen from 1895 through today. But beyond all this, look at the delicate scrollwork of the hardware. Look at the solid virgin redwood door. You can’t even find virgin redwood trees anymore – they’ve all been cut down. There is no other door in the world like my door. And I like it that way.
The Solution: Keep it Original!
If you have a section of your home you’re considering destroying, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m serious. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. I can help you decide whether that’s such a good idea. Right now I’m doing a 1950s Cape Cod house in Boston, and I’m reusing every possible thing I can, right down to fruit crates! You have to learn the knack of mixing high-end with “low-end” (and/or DIY items). Spend money on important things, like couches.
Save money on things that are overpriced, that you can make yourself. Example: Do you have a lamp that works perfectly, but you hate the color or finish? Spray paint it! Try a metallic paint. Or, have a brass chandelier that’s dated? Spray paint it black, and add mini-lampshades. Instant update!
Have a fridge you despise, but it still works? Paint it high-gloss orange! I just painted the fridge in my 1950s makeover house. It was blah as blah can be, but functionally speaking, it worked perfectly.
In order to say on budget, I painted it the same color as the lower cabinets (Weimaraner AF-155 by Benjamin Moore) and painted the handle metallic copper. In fact, I painted all the hardware in the kitchen copper.
Weimeraner is, appropriately enough, the color of a Weimeraner dog:
The proof is in the pudding. Here is our 1950s kitchen, before:
And we haven’t even put in our new light fixtures, or changed the countertop yet! Our solution to the old fridge and dishwasher? Paint them!
Stay tuned for more “After” photos of our 1950s Cape Cod makeover.