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    Elbow grease

    It was time to get this beautiful old bookcase restored.  What is it called…column, bookcase, cabinet?  We really don’t know.   With our remodel there was no question that, whatever it is called, this was original to the house and would be restored and remain the center of attention when entering the room. Some trim needed to be added but mostly the process was a matter of time and elbow grease. That is a term most of us are familiar with.  Simply put, it means to apply physical effort.   It has been said this expression, dating from the seventeenth century, originally referred to a joke played on a new apprentice, who…

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    The final step

    We have completed the last big final step.  When we purchased this old farmhouse, the stairwell had no rails, newel posts, or balusters. We put a temporary railing system in place for safety purposes.   We did not consider the original design of the stairs with no railing to be very safe. Our restoration redesign created a safe and attractive solution. Looking back, this “room” required more time and energy than any room previously restored in the house.  That is one of the reasons is was left as one the last big restoration projects. The process started with brightening up the area by changing the ceiling.  Remember, the old ceiling was flat.…

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    No man is an island

    What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘No man is an island’?  That phrase expresses the idea that human beings are not meant to be isolated from others.  Humans need to be part of a community in order to thrive. This is certainly an intriguing phrase to ponder during our recent social modifications due to the Covid19 pandemic. Our farmhouse revival has been a substantial venture.  The combination of navigating the current pandemic and the extensive nature of this farmhouse revival actually makes this remodel therapeutic.  This restoration has brought with it healthy distraction.  Our farmhouse revival has kept us busy and engaged in activities to keep us positive. The most…

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    reflections

    Transitioning into a new year brings with it a time of reflection for the year that has passed.  The year 2020 is certainly one of the most interesting years to prompt deep refection.  January is our time of reflection. What will you remember 2020 for? The response for most of us would be PANDEMIC! What are you proud of? Farmhouserevivers.com What was your biggest challenge? Again, the pandemic Which word/s describes 2020? Prayer, patience, and perseverance Our 2020 in review: Before the monthly summary begins, here is just one snapshot to compare the beginning of our restoration project and the end of 2020: Many projects were completed simultaneously throughout the…

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    It’s all above board

    It’s all above board, the bathtub board that is. We are adding more finishing touches as we continue our farmhouse restoration projects. Where we started: We moved the tub out to the porch so we could perform an acid wash to clean and etch the surface in preparation for the resurfacing epoxy. This was a two-part product (epoxy and constituent) that was very easy to work with but was also extremely messy. The restoration process went very well thanks to the videos available for this project. The resurfacing was followed up with painting the tub’s exterior (black) and claw feet (sparkle silver): Then returned the tub to its location.  This…

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    Were you born in a barn?

    Were you born in a barn? That is a rhetorical phrase intended to criticize the person who left the door open.  Its origin might originate because barn doors are opened in the early morning to let the cows out to pasture.  The door would remained open until the cows were herded back in for milking in early evening. Well, this place might prompt the thought “were you born in a barn” because we now have two beautiful barn doors.  One in the master bedroom and this most recent in the dining room. And yes, they will usually be left open. Barn doors are a trend these days.  We consider these…

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    Shut the barn door!

    Shut the barn door is not a euphemism in this case.  It simply means that we like how this door turned out. And, now we are able to close the bathroom door. If you have been following this blog from the beginning, you may remember that this door leads to the master bath, which was previously a bedroom.  This conversion required the addition and relocation of doorways. The new bathroom entry would require a pocket or sliding door of some sort.  Those options were limited due to wiring locations and load bearing walls.  That was fine because we preferred the barn door style for this farmhouse.  This design is very…

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    Home fires burning

    Keeping home fires burning is a term that means to maintain a daily routine and provide the necessities of life in a home or community. Historically, the term’s origin was to say the household was being run as normal while a family member was away at war. 1914 was the year this term is credited with its start, 11 years before the construction of this house. Currently, we are living through a worldwide pandemic, it is a time when being home (homebody style) we are literally keeping the fires burning as we isolate/social distance ourselves.  Starting up a fire was the natural thing to do this morning when we woke…

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    Beam me up

    So far, the year 2020 has provided experiences that I would compare to elements of a sci-fi movie.  There have been days that seem like we are in a sci-fi movie and we want to say “beam me up” to get back to the ship and get out of the crazy.  When we took on this farmhouse project we considered it a bit of a crazy adventure.  At the time, we had no idea that we would be in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.  As this house reaches completion we are thankful for this comfortable home where it is no burden to quarantine ourselves. The “beam me up” reference…

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    Stepping it up

    Our kitchen shelves are installed: Beautiful stain highlighting the woods grain: We stepped it up! We repurposed the steps that were at the front of the house and used that wood for our kitchen shelves.  Yep, the steps went up.   When we moved in we had to do a temporary rebuild on the entry just to be able to get insured.  I remember at the time wondering if the neighbors thought this temporary fix might be our idea of a remodel: The real rebuild ended up like this: Here is a reminder of the porch rebuild.  It has been completed for a while so the wood from the steps…