Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Five: HGTV edition

Will Smama of RevGalBlogPals writes:

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? My kitchen. We got rid of the avacado green dishwasher, refrigerator and double electric oven. Now I'd love to replace the builder's model plywood-coverered-in-contact-paper cabinets, and the stick-on floor tiles the previous owner installed to cover up the ugly linoleum flooring. (The tiles have now shifted, lost their "shine" and look perpetually dirty.)

2) What is the most hideous feature/color/decor item you have ever seen in a home? Puce pink tiles with olive green tile trim. In the bathroom. In case you didn't feel like heaving, the tiles helped.

3) What feature do you most covet? Do you have it? If not, is it within reach? A huge "owner's suite" bathroom with jacuzzi tub, shower, etc. And no, we don't have it. We could only expand our bathroom if we cantilevered an addition on the front of the house. That ain't happening. There is "space" to re-do the bathroom and add a few features like a double sink... but the $$$$$$$ make it definitely out of reach!

4) Your kitchen - love it or hate it? Why? Hate it. It's too small. It's a galley kitchen. And the process of doing the cabinets and floor give me a headache for the logistical planning that is involved...

5) Here is $10,000 and you HAVE to spend it on the place you are living now. What do you do? We do the roof and the front walk and driveway. Actually, that would not cover both of those jobs... but it would help...


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?
At the end of the Cold War, it was discovered that alien life forms were creating the color pallettes for bathrooms in the US. The CIA willingly collaborated with this, hiding their operation in Roswell. Once Roswell was "outed" in the press, the manufacturing of these alternate life form colors ceased. And normalcy and beauty returned to the American Bathroom. Remember, you heard it here first!


Deb
who really REALLY would like to re-do her kitchen and bath, but will likely do the roof and probably the water heater... and then the front walk and driveway... and then pay for kids' college tuition... and then the car will need four new tires... etc.

5 comments:

Presbyterian Gal said...

Ahhhh yes. I remember Avocado Green. It was the color to aspire to when making guacamole back in the day......

Love the alien explanation. I chalked it up to the "cocktails" generations.

Teri said...

stick-on floor tiles? oh my. At my house the people "replaced" the kitchen floor by putting down that laminate-on-a-plywood-board flooring on top of the old laminate floor. It's functional but not cut right in all the places, so under the dishwasher and next to the fridge you can see around it to the old yellow floor. (sigh) At least the color is better...

LutheranChik said...

I'm afraid that the whole "Mad Men" thing will bring back the Interior Decoration Colors From Hell.

jonskifarms said...

Roswell? ROSWELL? You are so in the wrong state on this one. Everyone knows tile is associated with Ohio, so those insane colorists were probably getting their degrees at OSU and then waltzing down to Zanesville or wherever (quick stop in Dayton to check the hangar at Wright-Patt) and spewing out tile colors.

We happen to have a bathroom addition from about 1960, and everything is white. Luckily it's a very small bathroom, because it's hard to keep all those grout lines clean...

jonskifarms said...

Oh wait, should I have signed that "Tricia Jones nee Perkowski, Roswell High School Valedictorian, Class of 1983 and current maker of hand pressed tiles"? Just so you'd know my authority for making that statement... :^)