Seven years ago we bought a dream or a nightmare depending on your perspective. We were younger then and we both had plenty of energy. Many said it was a foolish purchase. Some said we should tear it down and start fresh. They may have been right...but we did not listen. We thought we had found a diamond in the rough... it was definitely rough!
|Our dream house! Circa 2007|
One of the first things on the list was to properly insulate the house, put in new windows and put up vinyl siding (there is no way we were ever going to paint this place!). We have met many people who lived in this house throughout the years and their one consistent comment was that the house was always freezing. The lack of insulation and good windows may explain. Who insulated 150 years ago? We are such wimps!
|The same dream house, circa 2013!|
We took on the project with the understanding that we would take as long as we needed in order to be able to afford to do the job right. We figured we were somewhere between a five and ten year plan. This is where the patience comes into play. Imagination came into play way back in 2007 when we walked into the house for the first time. It was nothing short of a total disaster! The kitchen alone would have sent weaker souls running for the hills!
|A stove and some firewood, that's it! No sink, no counters or cabinets!|
After completely gutting the house, the kitchen was one of the first projects along with the upstairs bathroom. They were also two of the most dramatic changes. We have our priorities....we wanted to be able to cook and use the bathroom! After the kitchen, the bathroom was probably the ugliest room in the house. It was a mish-mash of colors and textures! I am sure every part of it was bought "on the cheap". You be the judge.
|Gotta love pink and green!|
|The best view in the house is out of this window!|
|Hard to believe this is the same room! We love our kitchen!|
Once the bathroom and kitchen were finished or at least well under way, we needed someplace to sleep! The walls in the entire house had been torn down and we were down to the bare studs. Turns out walls are easier than kitchens and bathrooms! Our awesome contractor put up the walls and the ceilings all we had to do was paint them...all of them!
|Wearing these clothes....|
|either standing on these lovely retro chairs or between them on a very long and heavy piece of wood...|
my homemade scaffolding!
|May 2009! I also wore these yesterday....|
September 2013, they have served me well!
This summer I have been very motivated to "finish" the farmhouse. The main motivator is that our family, all 12 of us, will be spending Christmas here this year. I want the place to be as livable as it possibly can by then. So, instead of packing and cleaning today, I am working on this post. (I'll do anything to avoid packing and cleaning!) This is mostly for me to prove to myself how far we have come and that it will be very livable in December. Looking back through the years, we have come a long way!
So....a little tour of before and after! Finally!
|Dining room and den....before|
|After.... still need to get those beams covered.|
|Master bedroom- before|
|Guest room- before|
|Guest room-same wall-after|
|Retro room - before|