What would you do to update?
Hi all! I just bought a 1973 home in Plymouth, MI and want to do a lot of updates. I put my top ideas and some others I've had...open to all feedback and other ideas. About me: I like vintage things. I do a great job with decor / painting.
1) What to do with the Wood Hand Rail / Pole?
Top idea I have come up with is to paint it white and hang three macramé plants on the right to "fill in" the open space. I think that maintains some of the OG 70's style.
Other thought... take it all out (but...not sure if that long one is load bearing?). Or take out just the top part of that larger pole? I know my floors will be a honey oak wood in the kitchen, so I don't want to strip and stain...too much wood.
2) How to update that huge Fireplace and monstrous mantel?
Top idea I have come up with is to leave brick alone, repaint or take off all the wood paneling (take off if there is sheetrock behind it), take out the fireplace glass and replace with freestanding brass or iron freestanding and... pry off the very large mantel, replace with a simple white board. I feel it's far to large.
--Same plan above, but just repaint the mantle rather than pry off.
--Take mantel off, but don't put any mantle back on.
--Maybe paint the brick white? I struggle with painting brick.
Also - I'm not super handy, but a little. I have no fear learning and I'm strong. How hard will it be to pry that mantel off and will it leave issues behind on the brick?
Thank you all! quite a project ahead - I move in next weekend!