Field Trip Back in Time

1780 ColonialHave you ever seen a property on-line and just had to see it?

Last night I had a buyer ask me to find out a little more about a home built in 1780 before she packed up her kids and made the trek down here.

The property is currently vacant, bank-owned, winterized, and electric is turned off.  Normally that means a phone conversation or a few e-mails back and forth with another agent to get the “scoop”.  However, the antique lover in me just had to check out this Attleboro charmer myself so I grabbed a friend and a flashlight and off we went this morning.

First let’s get the negatives out of the way… it is on a main road (and really only about 20 feet off of the main road). Minimally (from what we could see) it needs plumbing updated, floors leveled, chimney(s) rebuilt, some electrical work,  kitchen & bath renovations, updated heating, and yard cleared.  BUT …

1780 Colonial1780 ColonialYou enter off of the back into a mudroom area with wood floors, this leads into a family room area across the back of the home complete with wide pine floors, beamed ceiling, and fireplace.  When facing the front of the house, to your left off of the family room is a small kitchen with wood cabinets which would be great opened up into the fireplaced family room.  In the back corner of the house to your right is a second set of stairs and a full bath.  There are two good sized rooms in the front of the home on the first level with the front entry in between.  Both of these rooms offer great built-ins, closets, wide pine floors,  fireplaces, and more charm!1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Upstairs follows a very similar layout… two large rooms in the front of the house each with a fireplace and then one large room across the back that has a small room (above the mudroom) off of it. A second floor laundry is in the back left corner (above the kitchen) and another full bath is in the back right corner (above the first floor bathroom).   The space and plumbing could be there to create a master suite out of the back of the second floor with walk-in closet and ensuite bath.  Plus you could still have two other bedrooms and a full bath.

But wait, there’s more… off of the second floor bath is a staircase to the third floor which appears to have had two other finished rooms at one time. On the third floor, it is clear, the chimney will need help (it has fallen in). The basement offers lots of usable space, tall ceilings, and cement floor.1780 Colonial 1780 Colonial

Set on a spacious almost half acre lot abutting a little stream, this Colonial rehab is clearly not for the average buyer …but if you love a home with a story, have vision & patience, and access to some cash (either in your account now or through a 203k loan program), the unique charm and space is there inside and out to keep the right buyer happy for years to come!

Listing courtesy of: Michael Solotke, Next Home Real Estate, Inc.

Let me know if this looks like a future home for you, I’d love to walk you through it.

And certainly let me know if you’d ever like me to preview a property
or schedule a showing for you.

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Revive your Kitchen Cabinets with Paint!

DIY Paint How To’s from my favorite Pro’s at This Old House

Repainted Cabinets This Old HouseIt is a dreary rainy morning here in North Attleboro.  I am definitely moving in slow motion as I clear up the remnants of the morning rush out the door to the school bus and I can not help but focus on my tired  kitchen cabinets in need of, well … “something”.   Reface, replace, repair???  I am definitely ready for something!  Coffee is brewing, kids’ breakfast bowls are away, and the last crumb has been wiped off the counter so it is on to This Old House for ideas 🙂   (My home is an antique colonial built in 1743 and my “home” growing up was an antique built in the 1830’s which is why I have always loved these guys, their magazine, and now their site.  BUT, this is a great site filled with “tried and true” advice for for any homeowner!)

I came across this article on how to paint your kitchen cabinets.  It is a very simple process just make sure you take time with each step – especially preparation!!   And of course,  at the end, accessorizing with new fun hardware can take them up to a how new level of style.  Below is the general overview section of the article.  Click here for the first step and then click “next” in the upper right hand corner to continue on step by step.

Table Illustration Kitchen Cabinet

Illustration: Gregory Nemec

Overview

Painting kitchen cabinets is, like any painting job, a simple task. But mastering the perfect glassy finish is all in the prep work. Before brush ever hits wood, there has to be a lot of time devoted to getting the surface ready to accept paint. That means properly cleaning, sanding, and priming every inch of the surface, or the finish color won’t stick well.

Cleaning is the most important step in the process. Years of greasy fingerprints and cooking splatters can leave a layer of grime that inhibits paint adhesion. You can remove most of the gunk with TSP substitute (a cleaner from DAP or Savogran) or a degreaser—the former if the cabinets are not too dirty, or the stronger degreaser if the grime is thick—but it may take a couple of passes. After that, you’ll need to rough up the surface with some 100-grit sandpaper to help the paint stick.

The primer you use can also make or break the finish. To get a glassy surface, you need to use a “high build” sandable primer, such as Eurolux from Fine Paints of Europe, to best fill the wood and even the surface. The sandable part of that equation is imperative, so that you can smooth the surface before painting on the finish coat. You may even need two coats of primer to completely fill the grain.

To keep the doors and drawers flat as the paint levels, make yourself a pronged drying rack by drilling screws up through several pieces of scrap wood. That way you can flip your work as soon as it’s dry to the touch. Also, screw cup hooks into the edges of doors and drawers so you can grab hold and move them without fingerprinting the paint; then hang them up for out-of-the-way drying.

The formula of finish paint you use contributes to the smooth look. Traditionally, painting cabinets for a high-traffic area such as a kitchen required using oil-based paints. However, working with oils can be messy, and the fumes are toxic. Fortunately, while latex paints will never quite self-level and flow as well as oils, they’re getting close. Latex formulas specified for cabinetry—labeled “100% acrylic”—will create an even, durable finish. And, in many cases, they’re also low in volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which make that noxious paint smell.

As long as you’re sprucing things up, consider changing the hardware or putting on a faux finish for that added wow factor.