Friday, June 21, 2013

Farmhouse Facelift

We moved into this old 1870 farmhouse back in April of 2001.  That means that we have been here for a little over 12 years.  In that 12 years we have done a lot of renovation, though we did not have to do the electrical or the plumbing, and most of the windows and the vinyl siding had already been put on.

One of the first things we did was to pull up a house full of  pink carpet and paint the whole inside of the house, from pink and beige, to soft yellow and blue with white trim.

Then we put in hardwood floors throughout the lower level of the house, leaving the plank flooring in the upstairs bedrooms.  We also painted the walls again, all blue this time!

Outside,  Dear One has taken the original skimpy grass to a whole new level!  It is growing so well, he "has" to mow 2x a week!  We have revitalized the flower beds and also planted a few dogwoods, with new flowerbeds under their spreading branches.  Tulips, daffodils, peonies, black eyed Susan's and stella d'oro are plentiful!

Impatiens are a special favorite of ours, as are iris' and zinnias too!  We surrounded the house with evergreen bushes to give some winter interest.

We even planted a couple of azaleas last fall, and they rewarded us this year with a small but colorful show.

We tore down the old barn that was right behind the house and ready to fall in, and built a new bigger barn out in the field, for the goats, chickens and dogs.  Now, the new fencing is almost finished!

This last winter I noticed that the porch roof was leaking, and we figured that it was probably true of the roof on the rest of the house as well, since they were the same age. (unknown!)

We had a friend come out, who roofs for a living, on Wednesday and give the old girl a face lift!  Since the roof was going to be looking so fine, Dear One and I decided to pull the shutters and paint and replace them.  On the picture at the top of the page, we had already taken most of them down, and even got the lower left one painted and replaced!  (Watch out for wasps if you ever decide to do that!)

We are very proud of this old place.  The roofer said that the old roof had been on there for 70 or 80 years.  Looks like we won't have to worry about replacing that again in our lifetime!  Oh, the roofer said that the old roof was indeed leaking, the metal had not failed, but the gaskets around all those little nails that hold it down had worn clean away!

So, the old girl got a face lift, but not a modernization, she looks just like she did in 1933 when the last roof was put on!

Until next time, Happy Weaving, Spinning and Living, Tina


  1. Such a fine job you guys have done restoring and caring for your lovely farmhouse.

  2. What a gorgeous old homestead, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the picture !
    I am smitten ...