April 25, 2014 § 6 Comments
I feel like it's been so long since I've talked about what's been going on at the house here on the blog. In some ways it feels like we've done so much, but then I start thinking of how much we still have to do and shy away from talking about it. The backyard is definitely one of those spots, but it's gone through such a big transformation already that I thought it'd be fun to share a little update.
I took these photos on one of our first walkthroughs of the house…
Everything was so overgrown, and you could barely even see the stream from the patio (which is my favorite part of the backyard!). The area on the other side of the shed you couldn't even walk through. In the fall Frank went through and just started chopping stuff down so the pups at least had some spots to walk around. He also ended up taking out the fence. We originally thought we'd keep it, but once he really looked at it he realized that most of it was already rotted through. Bummer.
Here's where we're at now! We just recently found and uncovered a little path halfway down the hill. Things still need to be cleaned up a bit, and I can't wait until the ivy is all gone and we can really plant and landscape things. I'm also excited for all the trees to fully bloom so everything goes back to being super private again (although, it's only a dirt road behind us, so it's pretty quiet anyway). Before it was almost impossible to walk through the yard, so it's really nice to have things clear and not worry about being attacked by thorns or various other plants now.
I really wish I had a good before photo from this angle because you couldn't even see down the stream, much less walk along it. We love that tree that fell across the stream, it's still living so we plan on keeping it and using it as a little "bridge". We also spent some time cleaning the stream itself up a bit and Frank actually spotted some deer hanging down near the end the other night:)
Those of you have been following my blog for a while might be wondering whatever happened to the chickens. Well, Chuck and Olive are still around! They have their own little spot in the yard, although we'd like to eventually move them to one of the newly cleared spots and extend their run so they have some extra space to spread their wings.
Frank has also been working on building us a composting spot out of branches from our clearning things out. Seriously, how cool does it already look? I can't wait to see how it looks when he's all done!
Even though we still have a long way to go it feels amazing to be able to really enjoy the backyard and to also be able to start planning what we want to do with it from here.
November 23, 2013 § 4 Comments
Owning an old house and having a love for old items in general can lead to… a lot of projects. This week we started peeling the wallpaper from my sewing room. We were hoping it was just bare plaster underneath like it was in the dining room, but it turns out there's lots of flaking paint instead which is not so pretty. I also found an older dresser for $10 at the local thift store this week. It's adorable, but the top was badly damaged so I've been stripping and restaining it to hopefully get it looking pretty again! I'm thinking it'll go in said sewing room for a little while until we have a more definite place for it.
Frank is also working on our "new" table, cleaning up the legs from another old table, there's always work in the backyard, and we're both cleaning up some old mason jars. Oh, and we're hosting Thanksgiving this week! We're just a wee bit crazy.
September 27, 2013 § 16 Comments
I'm so excited to show our little makeover we did on our tiny little half bath! When we first came through the house this room had a swan border, and the wainscoting was just plain dirty. Also the toilet seat was slightly scary looking, not too inviting for guests to be using! I'm really happy we were able to give this a quick little makeover and I am so happy with how it came out!
Here's the before….
This little bathroom isn't original to the house, but I was really glad they went with simple black and white tile for the floor. The first time I saw it it just screamed to me to go black and white all over! I also couldn't believe the adorble little window was completely covered up by a curtain. In order for someone to see into the bathroom from outside they'd need to put a lader right up to the side of the house, so I knew it was safe to totally ditch any sort of curtains.
When I told my mom I was going to paint the wainscotting black, I think she was a little nervous. It is a little dramatic in theory, but I think it ended up looking really classic. It's nice too because I can always switch out the art, or hand towels and accessories in the future to change things up if I want and it's no big deal.
Lets just talk for a second about my of my absolute favorite part of the bathroom now, this adorable light! I'm kind of obsessed. The bathroom didn't even have a working light before, so not only is it great to be able to, you know, use the bathroom at night, but this one is so gorgeous! The super sweet people at Lamps.com sent me it, and I knew it would be perfect for this little space. I've been pretty obsessed with industrial style lights for a while, and I love the balanace of vintage and industrial in it, and it isn't overwhelming for this space, which worried me with a lot of other lights. I also really love having something that's a little more unique, and not just the same-old ikea or home-depot lights, it feels just a little more special. We also would love to find a fun Edison Blulb or something for it, but we love how it looks with just a plain bulb too. I get a little giddy looking at it each time I go in the bathroom!
Me and Frank stopped in my favorite local antique store to search for a mirror. It turned out the perfect one was hanging out in there just waiting for us! I love old mirrors. Some people might be turned off by the little knicks and imperfections, but I like to think of it as a little character. Of course, while we were in there I fell in love with these horse paint-by-numbers! I know vintage paint-by-numbers are kind of a trendy now, but I had never really given them much thought until I saw these! Of course, they're horses, so I think that might be the biggest draw for me. I think they're exactly what this little space needed too – a little bit of color and fun to balanace out all the stark contrasts.
Of course, now seeing one room done I can't wait to get to work on the rest of the house. There's plenty of nessasary things we need to do before any of the other rooms get painted or anything. Important things like, you know, re-wiring, converting the heating system (just to gas! Don't worry, the radiators aren't going anywhere:), and lots and lots of spackling. We'll get there eventually though!
August 22, 2013 § 4 Comments
Meet our kitchen! I snapped this picture the day we went through for inspections. It definitely has it's goods and bads. It currently has no counter space, or a dishwasher, and has one of the most akward little "pantry" type of nooks, but it also has an amazing sink and gorgeous built in cabinet that are both original. We've got big plans for this place. Eventually that akward "pantry" will be gone and we'll be able to add some counters and cabinets and the floors will be completely refinished.
Of course within the first few hours of owning the house we had to satiate our curiosity about what was under those linoleum floors. The entire rest of the house is original wood floors so we were confident they were hiding under there too.
Well, a layer of linoleum, a layer of plywood, another layer of linoleum and a tick coat of glue later and we had our hardwood!
(it still needed a few more good cleanings in this picture)
We also realized that the cabinet surrounding the sink was completely unnecessary to actually keeping up the sink, and the original sink legs were just hanging out under there completely unappreciated!
Oh, I love it. Why would you hide those pretty little legs anyway? And, of course, we also weren't completely surprised to find that all that flooring was covering up some water damage under the sink…
Nice, right? It's actually good we found it, since it certainly wasn't going to get any better by just sitting under all that linoleum. My amazing husband has already cut out al the damaged boards and is in the process of patching it in with some wood floors he was able to salvage from an old house that's about to be torn down. Once we refinish the floors we're pretty confident you won't really be able to tell we had to patch them in, or at least that's our hope!
So… yeah. Maybe it looks a little worse. But don't they say that it has to look worse before it looks better? I'm already sure that when we're completely done it'll be one of my favorite rooms:)