I’d like to invite to the home tour of Farmhouse 1820! Come in and see how we have remodeled and redecorated our 202-year-old home.
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 the 1820 just over 11 years, and each year we complete more and more projects 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. These projects are certainly on the horizon, but in the meantime, let’s tour the 1820!
Welcome to Farmhouse 1820! Please come in!
This foyer has gotten a major brightening up. Originally covered in dark, depressing wallpaper, I painstakingly removed the old wall paper, and found this cheery pattern to replace it. The floors are proof that two dogs live here. Makes them look realllllllly old. You can read all about the foyer remodel here and here.
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, choosing a slate print linoleum floor for this hardworking room. Now, for us, the room makes sense, and certainly is the hub for all of our outerwear, shoes and boots. Check out how this room has been transformed. Twice. Click here.
Half Bath Art Gallery
Walking in the mudroom, to the right is this half bath. We gutted and remodeled it a few years ago, but recently I have slowly been turning it into an art gallery of sorts. If there’s even a smaller open space, I’m going to hang something right there. Gives new meaning to same old, same old bathroom. On the contrary. Half bath upgrade found here.
The Tool Room
Just past the half bath is our tool room. Originally is was a small kitchenette that ended up being a dumping ground. We desperately needed a tool room, and so that is exactly what we remodeled this room to be. This remodel was a huge transformation, and you can read about it here.
Making our way back to the front of the house….
The Dining Room
To the right of the foyer is our formal dining room. The brick wall was one of the hardest DIY projects I’ve completed here at the 1820. You can read all about, and see how I installed the brick wall, right here.
The moody grey of the ceiling and walls was a recent project that we completed, and it turned our beige dining room into chic and moody room, inviting guests to take a load off and enjoy a fabulous meal.
Both the buffet and the lamps were flea market finds that simply needed a dusting.
You can read all about the dining room makeover right here.
Farmhouse 1820 Kitchen
Moving through the dining room is our kitchen. The pulse of it all.
Though I’ve painted the cabinets five times, I think maybe I’ve landed on a color that I like. The warm blue complimented with brass hardware warms up the kitchen. It took me ten years to find the perfect backsplash, bringing in a modern mix to our vintage cabinets. You can read about the backsplash project right here.
The fireplace is a working fireplace, and many nights during 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. Our kitchen upgrades were done in phases and you can find them here, here, and here.
And, you can read all about the latest update with paint, right here.
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.
Our Laundry Room
Our laundry room is a passthrough to the den. It had a weird wall that was built on top of carpet that we removed when we updated this space, giving us more room for a deep freezer and a countertop for folding.
You can read all about the laundry room remodel here.
Passing through the laundry room brings us to the den. The glorious den that we just completed the (2nd) remodel. My goal was for classic style and comfort. Who says you can’t watch TV in style? Broadway show posters of shows that Sean has worked on are hanging throughout.
The addition of the five foot window makes a world of difference in here, and I’ve been known to just sit in that wingback chair and daydream out the window. You can read all about the twice-remodeled den, here.
Holy transformation! Eleven years in the making, our master bathroom received a major overhaul, turning an ugly duckling into a swan.
Although the space is small, it sure is mighty! This bathroom remodel is, hands down, my favorite transformation in the 1820 to date. Check out that HUGE remodel here.
Speaking of bathrooms…
This bathroom is shared by the kids and the occasional guests that come to visit. It received some cosmetic changes to tide us over until we can take on that full bathroom remodel project. I share great budget friendly tips and how you can make small cosmetic changes that make a big impact, in this post here.
Our primary bedroom has become a haven for Sean and me. Along with the dining room, it too recently underwent a serious makeover. The ceiling and wall color is so tranquil. This room has come a very long way, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. You can read all about our primary bedroom transformation right here!
Be Our Guest!
I love our guest bedroom so much because of the family and friends that occupy it, and because of the fact that it stays neat and tidy. I mixed old and new, my favorite way to decorate. The prized quilt on the bed is a hand-me-down from my great aunt, dating back to the early 1900’s. I’ve paired it with a new duvet cover.
Loaded with light, and an eyebrow window, our guest bedroom is comfy cozy. Our guest bedroom proves to be a nice retreat for our visitors.
Let’s head outside, shall we!
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. Check out this outdoor room and see how I completely transformed out back porch!
Let’s rock! A farmhouse porch wouldn’t be a farmhouse porch without rocking chairs. I lose track of time rocking away on our front porch, watching people pass by. So tranquil. Still in the throws of upgrades, the floor did receive a refinish. Front porch project found here.
The Garden House!
Oh, my garden house. My favorite place to be. Built in the summer of 2020, my garden house has hosted countless private dinners, small events, a wedding, and has been published in American Farmhouse Style Magazine. We spend as much time as we can up in the garden house, which has become a place of refuge and complete solace.
I have a complete YouTube series on the building of the garden house, along with gorgeous tours. You can feast your eyes on everything Garden House, right here.
And the barn that has become so popular in the Hudson Valley!!
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. I painted an American flag on the side for a huge touch of Americana. Countless people have driven by just to take a photo. Our barn and flag has been featured on numerous social media accounts, been the backdrop for many family photos, and has become a destination site. I am so proud to have a 20 foot flag on the side of our barn, yet had no idea it would mean so much to so many. For this, I am honored.
You can read all about how I brought true Americana to our old barn, right here.
Cluck! Cluck! We have chickens!
I love my girls, as I call them. They have such personality and they give us really delicious eggs. This charming coop sweet coop was built a few years ago, and certainly brings chicken housing up a few notches. A new run is currently being designed and will be built later this year. You can find all of the coop details right here.
And last but certainly not least, is our garden. I love having a vegetable garden, nurturing the plants, watching them grow, and harvesting what I’ve grown. I find it so rewarding to have a garden, and making note of what is growing well, what isn’t, and learning from every single detail. Each year brings a few new changes and enhancements, and the garden keeps getting better and better.
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.