Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Adding Character to New(er) Construction

I am a huge fan of old houses and have never lived in anything remotely new. I do, however, theoretically enjoy and appreciate the many advantages of living in something built in the current century.

A few months ago, we helped Cory's cousin, Mindi, move into her new home. It is so roomy and flows so well. It's charming and clean and NEW. Rather than smelling like musty old carpets and mildew (as some of the homes I have lived in did, initially), it smelled brand spanking new.

Mindi set to work painting and adding her own personal touches. In no time flat, the home was as cozy as the girl herself.

Still, it lacked some character - especially in the kitchen. The white cabinetry was a great starting point, but it was begging for some texture and charm.

So, what did she do?

She had the entire main wall bricked.

Then she added some "tin" backsplash. (The same backsplash I have!)

I was amazed at the difference it made.

The company who installed it (all in one day) used thin brick "veneers".

And now, I'm kind of thinking I could use a brick wall of my own.