There are a ton of shows about hating your house on the home and garden channels right now. Shows like I Hate My Kitchen and America's Ugliest Bathrooms. I have a home that is over a hundred years old and there are things I need to fix. I could watch all those shows and feel unhappy about my house, but I'm going to focus on the things I absolutely love about my house while I save up for the next repair instead.
When you have a front porch, you don't always realize how lucky you are. The house I grew up in had one. The first house I bought had one. However, the next house didn't. It had a little concrete slab. I am so thankful for the front porch on my current house. It is big, old fashioned and full of memories of summer mornings drinking tea and rocking a little one while you watch the sun rise.
My kitchen is at the halfway point of the remodeling process and sometimes I get grumpy and forget how much I love it. But I do. I love my cheery yellow walls, my green pottery and my updated wiring. I love the spaciousness. I love the new cupboards that are hanging on the walls. And I also love my wide plank floor, even though it is slated for replacement because it is patched and too dry to hold a finish.
There is just nothing nicer than a beautiful old staircase from the 1800's and the original banister. Rich, dark wood that contrasts beautifully with Christmas decorations when I bling it up for the holidays.
The house I grew up in had a big old claw foot tub, so I was pretty disappointed to see this house had been "modernized" with one of those 1950's tubs. I hunted down a tub from someone else's rehab project, touched up the enamel and installed it. It makes me happy.
The bedroom floors are all beautiful, wide planks. It is so nice to walk into a room and see those hardwoods. They aren't as dry and damaged as the kitchen floor, so I was able to keep them and will be able to enjoy them for many years to come.
What about you? Do you have something to be thankful for when you look around your old house?
I like your list and your thoughts behind the items you like in your house. h5
Being happy with your space is important - glad you are!
What a great idea for a list. I love my house, too, although it doesn't have the vintage charm of yours. Reading about your beautifully described house made me very happy.
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