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PSYCH! ...Or, replacing all the plumbing

PSYCH! …Or, replacing all the plumbing

Remember how David and I said we were done with the half bathroom downstairs? http://afarmhousereborn.com/2014/01/half-bath-is-done/ Direct quote: “It certainly feels good to get one room totally done.” Well the universe threw that back in our face when our contractor started working on replacing all of the plumbing this past week… so before we go patting...
Using a Heat Gun to Remove Wallpaper

Using a Heat Gun to Remove Wallpaper

A Heat Gun, Who Knew!?! Of the many things we’ve experimented with, this one turned out to actually work… removing wallpaper with a !   Just to recap, here is a pic of the master bathroom from when we moved in: It was very beautifully done (I’m not being sarcastic) in that all the blue...
Only Boring People Have Dependable Ceilings

Only Boring People Have Dependable Ceilings

The ceiling in our upstairs hallway was never really what one would call “normal.” In fact, if I had to come up with a list of adjectives to describe said ceiling… I would come up with “old,” “disrepair,” “stained,” “discolored,” “cracked,” “peeling,” and flat out “damaged.” (In the above pic we had started removing the...
Mounting a Flatscreen TV

Mounting a Flatscreen TV

We haven’t touched our TV since packing it up last April but decided it was time to just do it.  Part of the hesitation was we haven’t painted the walls yet and we didn’t want to install a TV mount knowing we’d probably have to uninstall it to paint– but last weekend David and I...
Picking a Yellow Paint

Picking a Yellow Paint

Poor husband didn’t know there was more than one shade of yellow.  (I’m going to blow his mind later in life when we start to figure out a good white paint color for the master bedroom.) So when I decided I wanted to paint our family room yellow, he just sort of assumed we’d head...
What Inspired Us to Move to Charlottesville

What Inspired Us to Move to Charlottesville

For this Thursday’s post about what inspires me, I’m going to tell you what already inspired me… how we ended up choosing Charlottesville as our new home. Almost a year ago, when we started thinking of seriously leaving the DC area, a lot of our friends understood that sentiment and expressed a similar desire themselves....
A Nighttime Visitor

A Nighttime Visitor

When I arrived home last night, I discovered that we had a guest in our home. Video of our surprise guest (note: opens in a separate window) He must have gotten directions from his friend, the flying squirrel.  Unfortunately, his friend visited before we had our cat, Meriwether, so I came home to hearing thuds...
I Dream of... Water

I Dream of… Water

My inspiration– what’s been keeping me going this past week– is the knowledge that soon, we will have new pipes, and therefore dependable running water. David has done so much this past week to get us water but he’s just no match for Mother Nature and her sub-freezing temperatures. People say to just leave the...

Inspirational Bloggers

This Thursday I decided to share with y’all some inspirational bloggers in my life.  I’ve only ever met (face-to-face) one of them before, Lesli from myoldcountryhouse.com, but these other bloggers inspired me to 1) start renovating a farmhouse with David despite neither of us knowing what the heck we’re doing, and 2) to share our...
Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Be Gone With You, Poison Ivy

Poison ivy has been the bane of Lynne’s existence since we moved here last summer.  Every project we’ve done outside (which has involved a lot of clearing out overgrown bushes, trees, vines, etc.) has resulted in her getting an awful blistery rash.  It’s actually gotten so bad she went on steroids. The worst part?  Lynne’s...
Inspiring Garden: Monticello

Inspiring Garden: Monticello

If you’ve ever visited Charlottesville, chances are you’ve gone to the estate of President Thomas Jefferson: Monticello.  I had the pleasure of touring Monticello (for the first time ever– such a disgraceful Virginian I am!) last November with my family and fell in love with the beautiful restored gardens. Easy on the eyes, isn’t it?...
Half-Bath is DONE!!

Half-Bath is DONE!!

The half-bath downstairs is done!!  It took a while to finish the last few touches, but with some more help, it is the first room we can officially cross off our list!  Plus, thanks to my brilliant wife and some very helpful family, we did it for just $318: Sink: $118 from www.wayfair.com Faucet: $53 from www.overstock.com...
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