A Farmhouse Reborn - Page 18 of 19 - The Renovation of a Virginia Farmhouse
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Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

Farmhouse Kitchen Ceiling

  Recall the ceiling when we moved in: fluorescent lighting (above). Then see the beams we discovered after we removed the plastic stuff (and the wallpaper, of course, below). I decided to leave the beams white as I think stripping the paint would 1) take forever and 2) make the room seem somewhat claustrophobic.  I did some...
Countertops

Countertops

While David and I kept busy priming and painting and doing all sorts of things, our contractor made definite progress in our kitchen.  A few weeks ago I ordered wood : Why wood countertops?  I challenge anyone to find another kind of cute farmhouse-y countertop that is so reasonably priced.  Second of all, I really...
Curveball!

Curveball!

Huh. Well, we got another curveball thrown our way!  My plan was to tear down a random wall that kind of closed off part of the kitchen once our contractor deemed it not a supporting wall.  (The wood paneling around this section of the wall had water damage, so that part had to be replaced...
Sanding Away!

Sanding Away!

We get to play with some fun power tools now that we’re in the sanding stage!! Our carpenter took the two cabinet doors above the fridge and put in wood panes (in the future they’ll have glass in them) that matched.  They look great, but the only problem is the original door frames have about...
Priming Progress

Priming Progress

Thought I’d share the latest updates! The above picture was taken right before our contractor used self-leveling cement in the oven area.  At this point, we had finished priming the sink cupboard and we painted in the inside of the upper one “Russell Green.”  I think it might be a winner!  Still kind of hard...

Self-Leveling Cement

  Our contractor has been hard at work while we’ve been priming/ installing toilets and and it’s paying off!  Here’s a picture of the beautiful, smooth floor courtesy of self-leveling cement that our contractor used.  Instead of a pile of brick rubble on the bottom that would make placing an oven over it kind of difficult,...
Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

Installing a New Toilet Made Surprising Easy

I was actually pretty scared to install my first toilet mainly because the toilet was a mystery to me; I just knew there had to be some overly complicated way that the toilet’s contents made it from the porcelain to the pipe, and if I messed that up, the result would be just awful.  I...
Priming the Cupboards

Priming the Cupboards

  Let the fun begin!  I know what David and I will be up to this weekend… getting the plywood cupboard boxes primed!  How fun does that sound?  We chose Valspar Bare Wood Primer (sold at Lowe’s for $8.98 per can) because, frankly, it’s what the guy at the paint desk recommended.  We’re using pretty...
TCB

TCB

    We are Taking Care of Business!     Things are moving and shaking with the kitchen!  Up above you can see pictures of the new wood cabinet base for the future farmhouse sink (and the hidden trash can with a drawer above it) and the built-in wine rack!!!  Ahh! While our contractor/ carpenter...
Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Kitchen Cabinet Doors

    As you can tell from above, the “before” kitchen had a lot going on.  The top kitchen cabinet doors had stained glass door inserts and bottom had a busy wallpaper.  The door frames themselves, however, were solid wood (painted white) and in good condition. The pictures below were taken by the talented Claire...
Everything But The Kitchen Sink

Everything But The Kitchen Sink

To quote Andre Agassi, “Life will throw everything but the kitchen sink in your path, and then it will throw the kitchen sink.” Remodeling a kitchen is a serious commitment.  It’s more than we realized when we first took on this project.  One example: we didn’t budget for all the cooking we could no longer...
Building Compost Bins - On a Budget!

Building Compost Bins – On a Budget!

Before we talked about moving out of a city, I barely knew what compost was, so here’s what you need to know – compost is organic matter (think anything from weeds to last night’s salad) which has decomposed and magically turned into fertilizer; ok, it isn’t magic, but that’s an entirely different subject.  Since we...
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