Not a great deal of remodeling had taken place in the past I'm not sure why but I suspect its because this old place was just that "The old place". The last two families that moved on are still in Hominy but left "The old place" for newly built homes.
Teena and I have chosen to remodel or fix up "The old place" starting first in the yard and later moving our attention indoors we began by taking up the old carpet and refinishing the solid maple floors. Over the past twenty years we've removed layers of wallpaper and painted the interior from a palette of bright bold colors that most home owners avoid. I must admit its quite a distance from the white on white walls I grew up with as a child. I'm not sure why, where or when people decided that white was the "safe" color. Luckily the base boards, door frames and window frames have survived the years untouched and shine with that aged varnish look that I find very comforting.
The past few weeks Teena and I have been up on step ladders beginning the long transformation of the kitchen. Old plaster and lath ceiling will be replaced with tin and the glass fronted cabinets will be refinished and yes the old wallpaper will become bright multi-colored walls. New light fixtures and appliances will fill the space with bright light and convenience, to say the least we are excited to see the end result.
I love our "Old place" and all that goes with it, the huge heating bills, the leaks, the drafts, the scratches, dents and dings in the old wood work, the noises you hear upstairs when your alone and no one is upstairs, the squeaky door hinges, the big rooms, the lack of closets and electrical outlets. Yes we've remodeled but we havenât destroyed the character or as I call it the "heart" of "The old place". Financially it hasn't been a wise adventure but seldom does a house become the home that a family will cherish for generations.
About twelve years ago after visiting family for a few days we were driving down our long dirt driveway, Chasin our five year old son said "Oh it feels good to be home!" At that very moment I knew it was more than "The old place" and yes Chasin it does feel good to be home!
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