Ever since I was a kid, I have always been drawn to older homes. My mother is a realtor, so I spent a lot of my childhood looking at other people’s houses, and my favorites were always the 100 year old, rambling homes. After living in several old houses as an adult, I get that they come with some issues. Leaky stone foundations, crumbly plaster walls, old mechanical systems, crooked walls, ceilings and floors…the list goes on. I understand why newer construction is so attractive to people. However, there is no reason your recently built home can’t have some of that old house charm! Here are some ways you can inject some character into your home.
Curb Appeal Details
Small architectural details can make a huge difference on a home’s exterior. Try some of these changes!
2. Add this Carriage Door Hardware ($17.97 at Home Depot) to your standard garage door to make it look like a high end, custom one! I love the look of this, and it can really transform a traditional garage door.
3. Is there a more charming detail than window boxes? They make a home look so cheerful. Check out instructions to diy these one on Ella Claire Inspired.
Just like the exterior, it doesn’t take much to add old house charm to the interior of your home. Check out these projects!
- 1. This board and batten trim is clean and simple, but adds so much character to a room. This treatment is relatively inexpensive, and if you can operate a tape measure and a saw, you can do this at home. Check out this tutorial at Love Grows Wild.
- 2. I have always wanted a house with window seats to curl up in. Using two dressers to create a window seat in this adorable bedroom is such a fantastic idea! Here’s the full DIY process over at Petal and Ply.