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    Time

    Progress takes time.  Currently, trim painting is the time-consuming process that is eating up our time, along with our patience.  The result is worth the tedious work. we are down to the trim paint for the final 7 windows and 12 doorways….. next, the installation of the baseboards and crown molding for the remaining downstairs rooms followed by finish paint We appreciate time. We are thankful that we are able to have the time to restore this old house. We treasure time. We spend our days working and stop at 6 every night to take the time to enjoy our porch and what we have completed. We value time.  We…

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    New nickname

    My current project is to sand all the trim.  I have been spending so many hours sanding trim that I have referred myself to with the nickname “Sandy”, much to Paul’s chagrin. This trim has been stored in the basement for the last 20 years. It is a time-intensive process to sand, prime, install, putty, paint, and repaint for a finished trim.  We stared with the big messy pile, for which sorting and figuring out its placement was a puzzle in itself. WORK IN PROGRESS: BEFORE & AFTER: BEFORE & AFTER: BEFORE & AFTER: The master bath was the room at the end of the hall. BEFORE & AFTER: Many…

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    We don’t live on a ship

    No, we do not live on a ship.  But for the amount of shiplap we have in this house some people might think we do.  What’s with the name?  Shiplap literally came to be called that because it is ship worthy.  It was used to make ships because the overlapping joints make it tight and waterproof.  It was used frequently in harsh climates as a way to keep wind and water out of houses.  That transitioned to using it indoors.  Joanna Gaines, who made shiplap a popular interior feature in my opinion, says the dreamy wood boards turn a blank wall into a wall with soul.  Well, if that is…

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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:…