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    Seven

    7 inch baseboards are being installed. Baseboards being installed is another of many parts closer to this room being complete.  We are restoring the original baseboards. This involves the process of figuring out what goes where because it was all in a big heap in the basement. This is followed by repairing any broken pieces, filling holes and cracks, sanding, priming, painting, cutting, installing, etc. As with much of this project, it takes time but it’s coming along. 7 thousand views have been exceeded on our blog.  We started this farmhouse restoration project blog as a way to journal and share our journey with our friends and family. It has…

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    In doors getting doors in

    Today’s snow means the work is indoors as doors go in.  The doors will be stripped and stained to a shade lighter than the “coffee” floor finish.  The door trim will be the same as the window trim with the “bit of sugar” white matching the shiplap and 7″ baseboards. The changes we made to some of the rooms require some adjustments to door locations, swing direction, and in some cases, new door openings. Fortunately, there were extra doors and frames due to the elimination of a downstairs room and hallway, which was done approximately 20 years ago. The addition of a bathroom upstairs and the relocation of a bedroom…

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    Indoor updates

    We were happy with our decision to hold off on the interior finishing of this house to get the exterior completed before the winter weather was upon us again.  During these cold days, being indoors painting the shiplap and trim is just fine. Here’s what’s happening inside our old farmhouse. Window trim installed: The shower is almost ready: Lights for over the vanity, one on each side (his and hers): We converted a previous bedroom at the end of the hall into the master bath.  Obviously, this involved a great deal of work regarding plumbing and electrical to make that happen.  Here are the beginning stages of closing off the…

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    Reflection

    A new year brings with it a time of reflection. A time to look back on the year that has passed and for many to make some resolutions for the year ahead. For us, this has been a year of a lot of change as we continue our farmhouse revival adventure. These pictures are a small snapshot of before and afters. Scrolling through our photos of 2019 there were a lot of “oh ya” moments.  The photo reminders of the year reminding us of the year that has been full of so many changes.  It seems that we still have a long way to go, yet have made significant progress.…

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    2020

    Happy New Year!!!  Thank you for staying with us through 2019 as we have embarked on this farmhouse restoration.  It has been an adventure and we are so excited about the transformation you will see in 2020. So much of the work we have done this past year has been behind the scenes work, such as foundation, electrical, plumbing, etc.  In 2020 the progress will be much more visible in terms of the finishing touches.  We will be starting off the year with the completion of shiplap and trim. That will be followed up with the installation of tubs, light fixtures, etc…which are all purchased, staged, and ready to go.…

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    Trim time

    Checking things off list: The fall trimming of the trees. ☑ The trimming of the Christmas tree. ☑ Trim the house interior (in progress) 𐄂 We enjoyed the Christmas season with family and hope you did as well. For us, it was a time to celebrate Jesus and appreciate a time of rest with loved ones.  Our days get so very busy that those times are cherished. Now it is time to get back to the Farmhouse.  Although this farmhouse is a labor of love, the word labor is fitting so the time to take a restful break was energizing.  Next on the checklist,  it is time for trim installation…

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    Shiplap song

    We love the Christmas season.  We are those people who listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving.  Some of our favorites being: “Joy to the World”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, and “O Holy Night”, just to name a few.   So, how is it that one of my least favorites was stuck in my brain during this glorious Christmas and shiplap season? To the tune of Jingle Bells chorus: 🎵 Shiplap walls, shiplap walls,  🎵 shiplap all the way 🎵 Oh what fun it is to see 🎵 the shiplap on the walls, hey! 🎵 Shiplap walls, shiplap walls,  🎵 shiplap all the way 🎵 Oh what fun it is to…

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    Clinging to our vision

    Quality restoration takes time.  We did a little personalizing/decorating to stay focused and optimistic as we cling to our vision for this project.  I love this HELLO on our front door.  Thank you Laura Marcello from Slaybel clings (sold via Etsy).  Her clings are advertised for special occasion glasses, but we think they bring a special touch to so much more.  Such as this fun “Hello”.  Everyone who comes to our door will be greeted by the Hello of this bold and creative font. In addition to the window I asked her to create a cling for my trash bin. It will be nice when friends come over and don’t…

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    Appreciating modern conveniences

    We are calling our design style “Modern Farmhouse”.  What that means is that we want to keep the integrity of the original style but are bringing it up to date.   “I ran the dishwasher today” is probably not something significant enough for you to announce as an accomplishment of your usual day.  That is the announcement I received when I got home.  For us it was significant. It was an announcement of clear and present progress! The invention of the dishwasher dates back to 1850 when they were prohibitively expensive and highly unreliable.  Miele introduced the first domestic dishwasher with an electric motor during the postwar boom (50’s).  However, it…