Based on my last post I’ve got to admit that I am completely fascinated with old houses. There are many reasons for this but I think that old houses I’m attracted to have such a strength about them. Most have plaster walls and very thick wood moldings. The really awesome ones have dark wood that has aged over the years. The darkness gives it a strength that you just can’t get from clear polyurethaned red oak flooring or beige carpet.
Old houses are not for everyone. You’ve got to appreciate doors that don’t close well, and tile that might be well worn as a feature, not a mess. You should see the really cool old sink in the upstairs bathroom. It is porcelain and has numerous crazing cracks in it that I find delightful, but I can see how someone else would think it was nasty.
And my plaster walls are so not smooth either, but they have so much character and strength in them. When I see massive expanses of drywall I want to run. I can’t image ever living in a new house unless I built it by my own specifications, with lots of plaster, dark stained wood floors and paint with actual color in it.
If you ever want my advice about decorating an old house, I can help. I’ve rehabbed several in the last few years and have quite a knack at it. I get lots of favorable responses from people who see my work. Of course it’s easy when you start with good bones!