On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Monday, February 14, 2011

So what's new?

Well, we are officially done with our built-ins (with the exception of all the toekicks)!    

And we replaced the brown coke-bottle plastic with rice paper glass. 

(It looks more white than what appears in the picture.)

After searching all over the KC metro area for a good deal on countertops, we ended up purchasing Silestone's Bianco River from our local Home Depot.  

Since we will not be refinishing the bar built-in, we ordered Silestone's Mountain Mist.  Hallmark Stone was here on Friday to do the templates.

LD has also been working hard on repainting the family room downstairs.  She decided it was time to replace the temporary brown on the walls and the rust on the soffit.  She's been wanting to put a gray color down there, but in this house gray does not always equal gray!  Our sofas can attest to that!

Well that has been quite a journey!

Gray color #1 = blue
Gray color #2 = lilac
Gray color #3 = gray?  or lilac?
Gray color #4 = purple!
Fifth attempt, Gray #3 was actually gray with a second coat.  Yay!!

Wow, we are only in February, and we have actually managed to cross out a few items off our punch list!

Refinish the family room built-ins = check!
Repaint the family room = check!
Countertops for the built-ins = check!

LD wants to paint the fireplace white, and I don't want to.  It is a huge decision for us because undoing the paint job would be painful.  Reasons why LD wants to paint the fireplace-1) the room is too monochromatic with the rust-brown on the walls, floor and the fireplace, and 2) the brick color makes it too heavy in the room.  Reasons why I want to keep it natural-1) integrity, 2) it's Roman brick, and 3) I like it!

The fireplace is on the right.

We need help with this one.  Any suggestions?  


  1. This is just my opinion and all... Maybe before painting you could try some less invasive space modifications: change up that tile at the fireplace opening (maybe put in a new hearth all together), put a squared up white facade around the fireplace opening (with or without a mantle), hang a large mirror or light-colored piece of art over the center. I am personally not a fan of that brick, but I also understand wanting to respect the house history :)

  2. Those are great ideas! I'm going to try it. Yes, I would like to replace those tiles too. Eventually, we are going to make it 100% gas with fire glass.

  3. I stumbled across your blog and have enjoyed reading about your updates. I would definitely paint the brick! Your house is beautiful.