When Mr. Marvelous and I were first married we had a short-term lease on an apartment while we started house hunting. We found and fell in love with this darling little cape code style house in a historic district that was built about 1930. I can still remember how excited we were when we wrote our offer on that house! Looking back, hindsight really is 20/20, because as charming as the house was, it was also rather . . . um . . . dilapidated. Probably explaining why the house was listed at less than $100,000 and why those charming hardwood floors were sort of sloped from room to room. Regardless, it was true love-I loved that house! Then came the dreaded house inspection and the inspector’s repeated use of the terms “not to code,” “fire hazard,” and oh ya, “money pit.” In fact, at one point, I think we heard, “run and don’t look back.”
When we built the New Old House, I tried to incorporate as much old charm as I could in our new build: a wrap-around front porch, hardwood floors, beadboard, farmhouse sink, old fashioned front staircase, lots of pedestal sinks . . . In fact, I drove the builder crazy. It was worth it in the end.
I recently came across this article on simple ways to add charm to any house and knew I had to share it here. The following are ways to add charm to any home, regardless of the age!
2. Add a dutch-door (and enjoy breezes and natural light while you are at it)
3. Dress up your porch
4. Add Beaded Board
You can buy beaded board by the sheet at Lowes and Home Depot and have it cut to size in the store. It’s very affordable!
Take the doors off some of your cabinets and show off your pretty dishes or collections.
(update, see how we included open shelving in our current rental house: The Little Kitchen that Could)
7. Plant Window Boxes
We have done window boxes in all of our houses and it really does add instant charm.
Alright, so now it is your turn! Please leave a comment letting me know how you have added charm to your house. I am always looking for new projects and ideas!
(Reposted from July 2009)