sharing the ugly and waiting

This post could also be titled
 "sharing the not so great images of our 
soon-to-be-pending-the-inspection new house".

I'm just not very patient when I'm excited about things!  Our inspection is not until Thursday and that feels like an eternity to me.  And after last time, I know that everything could fall apart after the inspection, so I'm trying not to get too excited. 

I thought it might be fun to share some of parts of house that need rescuing.

Let's start at the beginning.
via MLS

The house is brown.  Lots of brown.  Also, could you tell this 70's ranch is made of angled brick?  Why?  I have no idea.  But short term I think painting the front door a stand-out color and accessorizing the front stoop would work wonders.  Long term, I think we will add shaker shingles to cover the brick and stain the whole house grey with white or black shutters.

This whole fireplace will get a makeover but I'm not sharing all my plans today!  Do you wonder why the wreath is so high and lonely up there?  I wonder why the builder made the mantle so skimpy.

Do you love our mostly grout counter in the master bath?  I actually don't mind the blue sink and blue shower, because just imagine the fabulous wallpaper you could install with these colors!  And no, I'm not kidding about wallpaper.  But cleaning this countertop could be a problem. And that faucet has to go.  I have more plans but there is plenty more sharing to come!  

I will tell you that the floor plan of this house is incredibly open.  
See?  That was one of our top priorities.

For now I'll be waiting not so patiently for Thursday to come and for a positive report from the inspector.  Then I hope to be lining up a carpenter, electrician, and painter to get to work!

On a totally unrelated note, I'm going to see this lady tonight.

You may have heard of her!
  The dress code is "business casual with a splash of red" and I have NO RED in my wardrobe.  None.  Maybe red lipstick? ;-)  


  1. The floorplan looks great...hope everything goes well! Have fun tonight...she's a hoot!

  2. What great ideas for your new house. Can't wait until you start your changes and we can follow along.


  3. Good luck with the new house.....have fun with Betty!

  4. Wish we lived a little closer -- I could help you out with the Red thing ;)

  5. ...tapping my feet in anticipation with you! oh and you're one lucky girl to meet Betty!!

  6. What a great lot! I look right at my neighbors house. Those trees are GORGEOUS.

    Good luck with the inspection, too.

  7. The floorplan looks great!! I know you'll do wonders on the interiors :) Best of luck with the inspection!!

  8. exciting abby! the house has potential & i know you'll do wonders to it!

  9. Very exciting and I love the floorplan- I know you'll make that place just sing. Fingers crossed for you!!! And have fun tonight- I adore BW!

  10. That floor plan looks amazing, especially if you like to entertain! Can't wait to see more plans of what you'll do with it (fingers crossed you will get it!)

  11. The floor plan is awesome and I love the outside! I'm sure you'll make the inside fabulous!! Can't wait!

  12. I can not wait to hear the HAPPY news!! Love the house!!

  13. Your hopefully new house is going to be amazing when you're finished. I love the floorplan. I can't wait to see the changes you make. I love homes that need rescuing. Good luck.

  14. fingers crossed for you! re: the bath counter... at least the dots (?) look kind of fun! We have a tile counter in the kitchen adn I jsut can't figure out the appeal for this years ago....it's a bear to keep clean!

  15. Love a grey house with black shutters and LOVE the idea of wallpaper in the bathroom...really turns a little room into a stunner!

    PS-I'd love for you to check out my giveaway!!


  16. fingers crossed - I like the blue sink too!

  17. So excited for you! Sending lots of luck your way!


Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400


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