Posts tagged "Renovation"
Not Always "Coming Up Roses"

Not Always “Coming Up Roses”

I decided to write this post to share with y’all that renovating a farmhouse is not always progressive, despite the many posts I’ve written about our progress.  Overall, I am very proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the past ten months, but it has NOT been easy.  Or, to put it another way, renovating a...
Taking Apart the Cutesy Doorway Arch

Taking Apart the Cutesy Doorway Arch

  So the doorway to the sunroom from the kitchen has always kind of bothered me… it never seemed to fit in for an 1850 farmhouse. (Sorry these pictures were taken at night– not the best I know!) Out of curiosity more than anything else, David started prying the wood boards off to see what...
We're halfway there!

We’re halfway there!

I just realized I never gave a status update on the kitchen renovations.  (Remember, this is what it looked like when we moved in!)  We’re still not done but we’ve been living in a “halfway point” for a few months now.  Here’s how it looks so far!     Still to do: — Replace the...
Half-Bath Update

Half-Bath Update

To backtrack a bit, here’s what the half-bathroom looked like before we painted the  walls and installed the new sink/ re-installed the toilet: After we FINALLY got all the wallpaper off, we decided to paint the walls Benjamin Moore’s Sag Harbour Gray (as we mentioned briefly here).  I fell in love with this color when...
Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

Replacing the Bathroom Sink- Part 2

As I mentioned previously, we decided to put down a vinyl floor in our bathroom.  I wanted to tell anyone reading this that we know this is not particularly farmhouse-y or really classic, but allow me to explain.  Eventually, Lynne and I want to rip out this half-bathroom (again) and tear down the wall into...
Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Thank Goodness for Craigslist!

Our “new” stove and microwave! We found this stove-microwave duo on Craigslist a little over a month ago.  It was advertised as both for $1,000 with buyer pick-up all the way up in Fredericksburg, Virginia (about two hours away).  We contacted the seller and asked if they would sell for $900 if we picked up...
Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Yes It Goes On And On My Friends

Our lives are pretty boring these days– all we do is prime or paint! In the above photo you can see the primer we’re using on the walls/the two unpainted ceiling beams (why leave two of fourteen unpainted?  We’ll probably never know).  It seemed perfect for us because it’s water based but it also adheres...
Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

Priming & Painting Cupboard Doors

As you can tell from the picture above, we’re priming and painting the kitchen cabinet doors (and drawers)!  Most of the doors are old with new paneling inside but a few are new.  (One of the old ones had to be replaced because of mildew, for example.)  We used the same bare wood primer as...
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...
IKEA Countertops

IKEA 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 IKEA wood butcher block countertops: Why IKEA wood countertops?  Well first of all, for only $169 per 8 feet of countertop, IKEA will deliver these to...
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...
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