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    We have desided

    Yes, we know the title is spelled incorrectly…be patient… We desided (decided) to take another week away from the farmhouse to spend time with family.  The time away would have yielded much progress, but our decision to relax with family was a good one and we had a wonderful break. We are back and continuing our farmhouse restoration project.  Here is the reason for the spelling fopaux: we are repairing the 94-year-old siding in preparation for painting.  We are literally desiding; de (meaning removal)-siding (94-year-old house siding). While the original siding was in remarkable shape, the years had taken their toll in particular areas. Our decision to change the porch…

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    More P’s

    What?  More P’s?  Yep! Picking Pretty Plums Past Pears Post Property Purchase.  Please Provide Participation. Take a look at all those yummy plums! Please participate by sharing your favorite plum recipe.  This weekend I will be making plum bread, plum chicken, and plum apple crisp.  Do you have a favorite recipe? Please share. The pears are not on the plan for the baking weekend because they need more time. With the four acres we purchased with our charming farmhouse we were blessed with an abundance of fruit and nut trees.  I would like to pretend I know what I’m am doing, but the truth is that I have no idea…

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    P to the 8th power

    PPPPPPPP:  Posting Proficient Paul’s Porch Progress Pending Pricey Painters  Here is where we started: (wanting to give you a genuine feel for the project by including the picture of all the junk that was left on the porch) Front porches are as American as apple pie and the history of the American front porch is in some ways the history of the American people as well. The porch became a thing approximately 125 years ago when “porch” just meant a covered entry over a door. What started as a symbol of status and evolved as a functional design ended up being a catalyst to the ideal American town as gathering…

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    Coffee with a bit of sugar

    We are loving our coffee with a bit of sugar.  It is true that we love those mornings when we have time to sit while we sip our coffee and converse before we dig into our projects, but the coffee in our cups has a bit of cream, not sugar.  The coffee that we love with a bit of sugar is in reference to our finishes.  The name of the floor stain is called “coffee” and the paint color that we will use throughout the house is called “bit of sugar”. Next up on the project list are the countertops. The island is being constructed from repurposed wood from the…

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    Filling in the gaps

    As a teacher, the importance of helping a student fill in the gaps is a big part of my mission.  A student will often become frustrated or discouraged if they don’t understand and then come to the dreaded conclusion they are dumb.  Helping a student fill in knowledge gaps can help them push past that feeling and learn that putting in extra time is often all that is needed. Creative ways to keep students motivated to make that extra effort is one thing I think about when I am painting shiplap.   There is a lot of time to think as I am painting the nickel gap of each board with…

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    Taking the pressure off

    To take some pressure off our schedule we hired out the roof cleaning (pressure washing). While the roof was being cleaned progress was happening in the kitchen with the first shiplap installation.  Next…cabinets! Sorry, floors are covered but will soon be revealed. They are refinished and beautiful! Before:  

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    Taking off a layer in the summer heat

    A person living in Washington state understands the concept of layering.  Just yesterday we were wearing a t-shirt and sweatshirt even though we are in summer.  Today the sweatshirt layer was removed and only a t-shirt was needed.   The stripping of a layer for this old farmhouse is not nearly as simple as taking off that cozy sweatshirt.  Stripping the 94-year aged paint layers is going to take a lot of work and time.   We don’t want to neglect this sweet old place for another winter so the exterior is being bumped up on our priority list.  We will do some rebuilding of the porch and removing the layers of…

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    I am floored!!!

    We were pleasantly surprised when we dug past all the mess in this old house to reveal the original fir wood floor.  The downstairs bathroom was the only room that required floor removal because of some dry-rotted areas. Removing the fir from that room, which will be replaced with tile, gave enough fir material to patch some areas throughout the house that needed patching.  This was one of many times that I thought “how did he know how to do that?” yet he did.  He, being my crew of one (crew of one is my term of endearment for Paul in case you have not been reading previous blog posts).…

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    Stay tuned while we go to commercial break

    You may recall from a previous post we acknowledged we aren’t like HGTV from the standpoint we don’t have a crew that sweeps in to get the job done in a week.  We also don’t have commercial breaks.  We don’t have that time during the project when a dramatic situation is revealed, bringing with it a big surprise setback. An example of such a setback could be something like discovering a crack in the foundation wall.  On the shows, the dramatic element is revealed as the big decision is made as to how to proceed within the budget. ...The show goes to commercial break… Our farmhouse restoration does not get…

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    Welcome distractions

    Its been a while since we’ve written a post.   What can I say…we’ve been distracted. We are excited to make a lot of progress on our restoration this summer.  It would be so exciting to dig in and have the house completely finished in the fall. We know that’s not going to happen because, although we plan to really dig in and work hard, we will not compromise the welcome distraction of friends and family.  This farmhouse restoration is personal, it’s not a “get it done” project. We are restoring and making this place home. We are doing so with quality and love. To outsiders, the progress might seem slow…