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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…

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    Oh nuts!

    To say “Oh nuts” means there is a degree of disappointment.  Or it can be used to express favor.  Such as, when I say “I’m nuts about these nuts”! We joined the squirrels, crows, and Steller’s Jays today by collecting walnuts.  There are so many  that we spent no more than 15 minutes collecting about 200 walnuts. There are a plethora of nuts for us and the critters but we are going to test our walnut drying skills before we collect more. Our estimate is that the oldest walnut tree is 90 years old and was planted shortly after the house was built. There are four walnut trees on the…

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    Winter prep

    We are not having our dinners on the front porch any longer because these summer evenings are already getting chilly.  We have moved our dinners to the enclosed back porch. Here is a before and after view of the kitchen that leads to the back porch: This is our back porch, which we initially dubbed as the “coffee room”.  We have been enjoying our dinners here as we watch the squirrels scurry about the yard, up and down the trees preparing for fall.  Our walnut and hazelnut trees are keeping them busy and happy. We are doing our own nesting for winter, but instead of nuts, we are preparing for…

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    Enjoying the fruits of our labor

    Literally!…we are enjoying an abundance of fruit for our labor.   We are a happy pair/pear of farmhouse restorers. Our trees had not been maintained for many years. We have pruned, and pruned, and pruned…we have also enjoyed prunes, in the form of plums actually. This property is tremendously awesome  (as in tree mendous)….sorry, it’s getting a little heavy on the fun wording.   On the property, we have the following trees:  3 pear, 1 asian pear, 7 cherry, 7 apple, 7 plum, 4 walnut.  Which accompanies 1 grape arbor with 3 old vines and an abundance of blackberries. Here is the recipe for our favorite pear salad.  It’s incredibly simple and…