I told you I would be posting more often! Ok don’t worry, I don’t expect you to read this EVERY day. I was feeling inspired. 😀

Since we are in the middle of a few projects right now, and I don’t have a completed start-to finish for you, I thought I would give y’all a few of my “top offenders.” That is the top 5 items on our list to fix.

I would describe our preferred style as traditional as far as home architecture goes and traditional/transitional for interiors.

Though I expected newer homes to have been built with the character of their time, I never expected a home that looked so downright traditional on the outside to be so offensive on the inside. So now we begin the task of updating our interior! Or… un-updating it? Replacing the existing finishes and fixtures to reflect a more “classic” design POV and removing the 80s/90s junk. NOTE: These projects aren’t ranked in any particular order of offensiveness, they’re all pretty bad.

WARNING… these pictures are disturbing and may be offensive to some audiences.

1. The awesomely dated brass fireplace.


This thing MAYBE wouldn’t have been so terrible if it didn’t have rusted out spots that were SO visible. A la…


As you can see, the monster is pictured here shortly before meeting its bitter end via a can of ORB (oil rubbed bronze) spray paint. More on that to come!

2. The winningest wood-look floor, cabinet, and countertop combo in existence.


This is in our kitchen! And that is a chip in the laminate tile. ‘NUFF SAID.

3. The saddest entryway “chandelier” in existence.


This thing has been on my list since day 1. Its the first thing you see when you walk in, so… 😦 Also, popcorn ceilings get an honorable mention here.

4. Number four is a glorious ceiling fan. The previous owners did not see importance in putting the cord in the ceiling, so this baby’s chain is elegantly draped across the living room ceiling and down the wall to an extension cord.


It should be noted that all of the ceiling fans in the home are dated, and mismatched. This is the first one you see, and the only one with a visible power supply. Why?

5. Number five is a wall-mounted fire alarm strobe (or something completely different?) that is conspicuously centered on our living room wall. RIGHT where every person in their right mind would want to place a large piece of wall art or a painting of some sort over a sofa.


Anyone know WHAT THIS IS or how we can get rid of it? Plan at the moment is to procure a large piece of wrapped canvas art.

So there you have it! Some of the love-to-hate-it parts of our new home. We are so excited that these things are all fun changes that we can do in the near future. I feel like small changes here will make a HUGE difference, and I can’t wait to share the process!

If anyone has any suggestions or stories, please feel free to share!!


9 thoughts on “Offensive!

    • Not sure why! Maybe you are in a snapshot of the post?

      Try clicking on the title of a post and it should bring you to the whole thing. Otherwise, all the pics seem to be loading ok for me so I don’t know what the problem would be!

      😕 let me know if that doesn’t fix it

      P.s. Hi mom! 😬

  1. How did the fireplace spray painting turn out? I need to spray paint a brass bed frame… It’s same color as your fireplace. What spray paint did you use? Thanks!

    • The fireplace spray paint turned out really well! I am in the process of writing this blog post actually. Took a few extra steps than I had initially thought, as I went a little heavy-handed with the sprayer. We sanded off some drips and sprayed a few touch-ups the next day and we think it turned out great! The drips were only really visible on the large flat planes, so maybe on a bed frame you wouldn’t have that problem. I also have sprayed outlet and light switch covers and some door knobs so far to match and they all turned out flawless the first time!

      Let me know if you have anymore questions, I want to see a before & after of the bed frame! 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

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  3. I think that little guy is part of a security system, specifically a motion detector. Growing up we realized the security monitor panel would flash red every so often, and this meant there were people moving around in whatever room it indicated. At least, that’s what my sisters and I came up with haha.

    LUrV spray paint,

    • Huh! That would totally make sense! We do have ADT, but nobody told me anything about it. I still don’t know why anyone would put it in the middle of the wall. 🙈 Thanks for reading!

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