My dream of owning an old farmhouse goes as far back as I can remember. Little did I know back then, that I would be living out my dream, and preserving an 1820 farmhouse.
We have lived in our old farmhouse just over 5 years, and we truly learn something new about our old house everyday. But that’s the charm. There are no right angles anywhere. I’m hard pressed to say that any of the floors are truly level. She needs a new roof in the near future, and she desperately needs a paint job. Some insulation would be a plus as well. But all in due time, and as our budget allows.
We have accomplished a few major projects that aren’t so glamourous. We’ve changed out our water heater for a more efficient one. We updated our plumbing, and have added much needed additional electrical outlets. But it’s the pretty projects that have made us feel at home. Those are the projects that I love working on the most.
Every homeowner always says that the projects are never completely done. There’s always something that needs updating, or fixing, or enhancing. To me, that’s just the beauty of owning a home. And, to me, it’s also the beauty of owning such an old home. And with that, I would love to welcome you on a tour of our home, and show you a few of the rooms that we have done. For now….
I’d love to start our tour with our kitchen. The pulse of our house.
The fireplace is a working fireplace, and every night, and many days in the winter, we have a fire burning. It cranks out the heat, and is a major heat source for our house. There is also an iron arm in the fireplace where a kettle can hang. Back in the day, the fireplace was used as the main source for cooking meals, as well as heating the house. Click here to see how I added the ledge stone to the fireplace mantle.
The bookcase that houses my collection of cookbooks was the third staircase in the house, leading the way up to the servants quarters. That staircase area now, has been made into a laundry room, which is located on the other side of the bookcase. The space also gave way for two closets upstairs.
Like all the rooms in our old house, there are several doors. In fact, the bathrooms are the only rooms in our house with only one door. A interesting fact about our house is that there 5 doors that lead you outside. So, it’s no surprise that our kitchen has 6 doors. Two lead outside; the door with the chicken leads to the pantry, that also has another door leading outside; the closed door with the latch, is our second staircase, and the door all the way to the left of the picture leads into our dining room.
All kinds of quirky things about space in this house. Because of all the doors, and the position of them, the fridge is kind of out there in the open. Pressed against the only “free” wall, seems to be the only place that it will fit. Eventually, we would like to build cabinets around the fridge so it looks built in. Eventually.
The light fixture you see here, is actually an old ox yolk. The previous owners had it custom made about 50 years ago. It’s position is odd, and I would like to have it moved to be placed over the prep table. But with plaster ceilings, that job is huge and time consuming. In the meantime, people over 6 feet need to duck their heads or walk about the fixture. It’s all charm.
The door to the right of the fridge leads you to our den. The pulse, off the pulse, of our home.
The room is really hard to photograph because of the big window.
The den is an addition to the house, and it was added on back in 1998. I’m not sure what it was before, but one thing I can tell you, is that this large window wasn’t there when we moved in. This room only had 2 small windows, facing east. It was dark, and I longed to be able to see our beautiful back yard. So, I set out to find an old big window and I found this one at a salvage shop. It came out of an old post office up in Red Hook, New York, and now proudly lets light shine in our den.
Walking back through the kitchen, I’m taking you to our dining room. When we moved in, we voted this room “Biggest Eyesore.” It had some scary eagle wallpaper, and some burnt wooden beams that were not original to the house, and were only held in by one screw each. The beams got chucked out the window, and the wallpaper removed. We painted the room a French blue, only to find that the color kept the room on the darker side. But I’m very excited to show you the latest and greatest transformation of our dining room.
I painted three of the walls a light linen color, and built a brick wall for an accent forth wall. You can see that process here. I built cornices that I covered with a birch tree patterned fabric, and changed out the fabric on the lamp shades.
I added pops of apple green for an unexpected and cheery mix. But, I am most proud of the brick wall and love the warmth that it brings to the room. You can click here to see what the dining room looked like when we first moved in and see our first transformation.
Heading up the main stairs, I’m taking you to our daughter, Caroline’s, room. I kept the walls a neutral color, adding pops of color that can easily be changed as her interest change. The wooden flower that I designed, cut and painted was the main inspiration for Caroline’s room. It’s a wonderful and very unexpected piece of art for her ceiling. It too, can be painted different colors, if she so chooses. You can see Caroline’s room transformation here.
Keeping in line with the house, Caroline’s room has three doors. One leading to the main hallway, one leads to the back hallway, and the third leads to Mac’s room.
Mac’s bedroom is my favorite bedroom in our house, and I say that, I think, because of the sloped ceiling, and the size of his room. It’s long and narrow, and has two great eyebrow windows. It truly is the perfect size and shape for a boy’s room. Mac wanted nautical, and nautical he received. You can check out his room transformation here.
One of two doors in Mac’s room leads to a small hallway, which takes you to our guest bedroom. And please, be our guest.
Loaded with light, and another eyebrow window, our guest bedroom is comfy cozy. Along with my parents, we welcome a lot of friends visiting from out of town. Our guest bedroom proves to be a nice retreat for our visitors.
As our master bedroom is under construction, I’m going to take you back downstairs, and backtrack just a little bit.
We come and go through our mudroom, which is directly adjacent from our main front door. Our mudroom was dark, and really didn’t make much sense at all. So I gutted the room and started over, including sanding and refinishing the floors. Now, for us, the room makes sense, and certainly is the hub for all of our outerwear, shoes and boots. Mudroom transformation found here.
And while I was gutting and refinishing the mudroom, I just kept going and decided to completely gut and rebuild our half bath. The is the door on the far left of the above photo.
Our half bath was an embarrassment. Truly. All of our bathrooms need(ed) serious help, and I wanted at least one that was acceptable to show off and not be embarrassed for company to use. My inspiration for the bathroom were the outdoor light fixtures that hang in there today. I always believe to add a little of the unexpected in a room. Half bath gets whole makeover story found here.
And last, but certainly not least, I’m going to take you to my office. The home of Be Fed Again.
It was our living room, yet the only time we spent any time in there at all, was on Christmas day. I desperately needed an office, and it only made sense to take over the living room. My office space is big enough for my desk, and for a design area. My creative juices flow in here, and I’m so grateful for a space of my own. Click here to see my office transformation.
Our beloved old farmhouse has a few more rooms that are in in transition. But before we go, I still want to show you our back porch and patio area.
We spend as much time as we possibly can on our back porch during warmer months, as well as hanging around the fire pit. It’s so quiet and serene, and we are so grateful that our back porch is so big and spills out to our back patio. Whether we’re just sitting out there enjoying a quiet read and enjoying a drink, gathering around the table for family dinners, or entertaining around our fire pit, our back porch and patio area is undoubtedly our favorite place to relax and to spend time with family and friends..
And an old farmhouse wouldn’t be complete without a barn. Our barn dates back to the late 1700’s, and it is loaded with character and charm. This past spring, I painted an American flag on the side for a huge touch of Americana. Passers by slow down, and sometimes pull over just to look at the flag, and to take photos. I am so proud to have a 20 foot flag on the side of our barn. You can read about how I did this project, here.
I hope you have enjoyed your tour as much as I have enjoyed showing you our home. Stay with me as I continue to update, preserve and remodel our beloved old farmhouse.
Everyone and everything, in some way or another, needs to Be Fed Again!