This isn’t a before & after so much as a test run – and not a very good one at that. The plan is to rip down everything that isn’t brick on the house and rebuild from the ground up. Neither extension – both built between 1900 & 1920 – has a foundation, one doesn’t have insulation, it’s just really bad. However, that project is a huge, huge undertaking and isn’t going to happen for a long time.
I’ve decided to start painting random bits, like this door, just to get an idea of how things will look. When we rebuild, I’d like charcoal siding and black trim as paint colors on the wood / new construction. We’ll paint black trim on the brick this summer. I do like it better than white here, so that’s a good start.
I also have plans to paint the kitchen, my closet, and the bathroom over holiday break – all rooms that will be destroyed eventually, but why not make them as decent as possible with minimal expense/effort in the meantime?