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    Raising the roof

    To “raise the roof” means to celebrate, and even shout.  That’s what we are doing here at our old farmhouse as we take one more step to completion.  We have raised the roof or more specifically, raised the ceiling!  We are changing the original design by opening up the ceiling instead of sheetrocking the ceiling attic space.  That change will give a brighter, open feel.  This task is far from easy.  It’s extremely time-consuming and dangerous work in my opinion. None the less, its getting done and the finished outcome will be so rewarding. This has been one of the more challenging projects regarding the shiplap installation. Soon to come…

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    We have a hot tub

    We have a “hot” tub, not a “hot tub”.  In 2005, Paris Hilton began using “that’s hot” as a catchphrase. That might have been her catchphrase, but I’m considering it catchy because our restored clawfoot tub is not a “hot tub” it’s simply “hot” because it’s so good looking.  The best part is that we brought this ugly old tub back to life.   Old tub refinishing process: While we were resurfacing the tub, we also resurfaced the porta-potty sink.  If you recall from a previous post, we called the only previous upstairs bathroom the porta-potty bathroom because it was literally the size of a porta-potty.  We took the closet from…

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    Repurposing DIY style

    The restoration focus is currently on the downstairs bathroom. We purchased this sink months ago in anticipation of repurposing this old dresser.  At the time we were not sure exactly how we would do that but we like the outcome. Floor tile,  wall tile, and vanity complete: Coming soon: mirror and restored clawfoot tub. Another reminder of where we started:

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    He’s been in the bathroom for days

    No it’s not TMI, or a medical condition.  He has been in the bathroom for days adding tile, shiplap, and lights: I would say here is where we started, but this is actually after cleanup: What’s next? Tile floor refinish clawfoot tub repurpose this antique dresser into a vanity Add mirror, faucets, toilet  

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    We can’t agree

    Our cozy nook/breakfast room/keeping room/back porch:  It’s not often that we do not agree.  This is one of those rare times.  Paul wants to call this area “the back porch”.  I don’t like calling it that because we have a front porch.  I would like to call the porch “the porch” and not add front or back to the name.  My opinion is that it needs to be easy to say.  This room is the place where we sit to have our morning coffee.  I would like to call it one of the following: nook:  defined as an area adjacent to the kitchen.  A term that dates back to colonial…

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    Move that bus

    If you have ever watched a fixer-upper show you know what “move that bus” means.  For those shows, a team of workers swoop in to do a complete remodel in a week.  The homeowners leave for the week and return to the house when the remodel is complete.  The scene in the show goes like this:  A large bus blocks the view of the house, the show host shouts “move that bus”, the bus drives away and the owners see their beautiful newly remodeled home.  This is the dramatic time that is often accompanied by screams and/or tears. This is our “move that bus” moment….our bus is an RV. Ours…

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    We are stocked up

    Something that seems really terrible at the time can turn our okay.  Our pantry is a visual example.  I’m going to pause that thought to make it clear that we are not minimizing the severity of the situation with the Covid19 virus in any way. Just saying, stay positive, we will weather this storm. We have shared with many people that our first two months of owning this house was a time when we did nothing but dump runs.  We were on a first-name basis with the workers at the transfer station. This is what the interior of our hall closet looked like: Worked our way to the bottom layer:…

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    Guests are welcome

    It was 15 months ago that we moved out of our four-bedroom, with bonus-room, house to transition into our empty nest season of life.   That was not a simple transition because we moved to tackle the remodel of this 1925 farmhouse.  While trying to maintain the original charm of the place, we did some modernizing to make the house more functional and updated.  We remodeled the bedroom at the end of the hall into the ensuite.  Closets were taken from one room and given to another in order to expand the upstairs guest bath. For this guestroom, adding the finishing touches to make this room cozy is the easy and…

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    Did you make your bed today?

    A few years ago I read Make your bed: Little things that can change your life. Written by William McRaven, a retired Navy Seal Admiral. It is an inspirational story.  The title, Make your bed, in a nutshell, says that when you start your day with your bed made, it sets the attitude for the entire day. I made my bed today and it was very exciting and had special significance because it is our first day to make this bed in our Farmhouse.   It’s starting to come together. This house was not insulated.  I can’t imagine how cold this bedroom would be without insulation. The original fir flooring before…

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    Give me a break!

    That term “give me a break” typically has a connotation of frustration or disbelief. Not this time, this time it’s meant literally.  “Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one conscientiously separates the past from the future.  ….. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”  – Maya Angelou We actually had two breaks from our project.  One forced break to deal with our flooded basement and a voluntary break to visit our son in college.  It was a lovely time.   Now…