There is a show on television called House Hunters. They act like finding a house is so hard to do. Personally after our six months of looking for house pieces, I think remodeling might be harder.
Before our buying the house I had rarely ever been on Craig’s List…now, after getting the house, I’m on there a lot!! My latest efforts are for us to find trim for the house. We want old trim..we want to try to match it. We’ve been in houses where people have remodeled and half of the house is old..the other half looks new and modern. In our efforts to avoid that, we think having matching trim is pretty important. I found someone that had trim listed on Craig’s List in Sparta, Wisconsin so Sunday Hubby and I headed out to see what they had.
We were very encouraged because we sent pictures of our trim hoping it might match. Here is ours….
The owner and he said yes, we have that. We have shown and shown and shown that picture and no one has it….most have not even seen it.
We drove the 2 hours and found this…Sadly, it isn’t a perfect match..so what do we do?? We’ve already been looking for 6 months and haven’t found a match that has those little bullets in the trim work. These are about 1/2″ wider that the ours. The circle part is slightly different…so what do??
We ended up purchasing them. The decision was this..they are close, and unless I blab it out on the blog for everyone to see no one would likely notice. All of these will be put in the new addition main floor. Well then came decision #2. These had matching trim pieces that go along the bottom of each door. UGH. Do we buy those or not. Our house doesn’t have the bulleted pieces at the bottom..just a plainer trim piece.
We decided to get them. When the time comes to actually install them, we can always change our minds.
Well of course the decisions didn’t end there…UGH. (Have I told you how much I had decision making??)
We ended up purchasing all that was shown. This is the conclusion we came to…we paid a small enough price for it all that we know we can resell it if we would find exactly what we want. If we don’t find exactly what we want, this is close enough that we are content with it.
They also had a few other neat things….this door….Hubby isn’t super excited it as the door isn’t “wide enough” for his standards. He wants all the widest doors we can find….me, I love it. He doesn’t like the extra locks on the door…Me I don’t mind it. The progression of locks shows history to me. I won and got the door under the pretense that it will be me that does the stripping. What did I get myself into?!?!!?
We also bought this built in. This is destine for the upstairs bathroom. We are planning a laundry shoot from that room to the main floor laundry. The bottom of this cupboard will house the laundry shoot and the upper part, will be for storage. It isn’t symmetrical as you can see. Hubby will rebuild the trim along the the right side to even it out.
In the mess of all the people’s stuff we did find three boards that do completely match the trim at the house…those we bought too.
All of this can work..nope, maybe not perfect matches, but it’s the best we can do at this point so we’re content if need be. Now, I don’t have troll through Craig’s List daily…hopefully now just a couple times a week!!
If you want to be a real house hunter, remodel an old house….