An Updated Tour of our Farmhouse

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2017
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Welcome to our Farmhouse!

established 1890

It’s been 3 years since my first farmhouse tour post… and as many of you know, we’ve made LOTS of changes and updates in the last 3 years!

So today, I’m sharing an updated tour!

First, let’s see some blueprints.

I made these blueprints via FloorPlanner.com — they are not 100% to-scale, but they are close.

MAIN FLOOR:

SECOND FLOOR:

BASEMENT:

basement

Front Entry:

What We’ve Done:

  • Power washed, repainted, and decorated the front porch
  • Painted the interior of the entryway
  • Closed off a wall that led to the kitchen (which now makes the front door open the wrong way)
  • Installed a new front door that opens the correct direction — also, new hardware
  • Updated the trim around door and base
  • Installed hooks and put a bench behind the door for guest’s coats and bags

What We Want to Do:

  • Install reclaimed barnwood floor to replace the old, stained tile in the entryway
  • Repaint whenever we repaint the living room

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Living Room:

What We’ve Done:

  • Repainted
  • Widened the opening to the bedroom “wing”
  • Knocked out a large opening into the office
  • Knocked out a large opening into the dining room / kitchen area
  • New trim around all the door ways, windows, and baseboard
  • Added a huge wood “wall feature” to hang family photos over the couch
  • Installed a new front window
  • Added can lighting

What We Want to Do:

  • New carpeting
  • Possibly hang wainscoting on one or more walls
  • Possibly knock down the 2 ft. wall between the living room and front door

See more photos of our living room in this post (although I’ve never actually done a full living room tour post as we still have more to do in this room)

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The Office:

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing at the moment

See more photos of our office in this post.

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Master Bedroom:

What We’ve Done:

  • New doors and windows
  • Repainted all the walls and the ceiling
  • Ripped up carpeting and installed reclaimed barnwood floors
  • New trim around windows, doors, and baseboard
  • Ripped out 2 small closets and installed one larger closet.
  • New light fixture, new electrical outlets, and a cable hook-up in the closet 🙂
  • Fixed a spot in the ceiling where water leaked in a few years ago

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing at this point!

More pictures of how our master bedroom was previously set up.

This post shares how we gave our bedroom a mini makeover just by moving the furniture around!

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Master Bath:

What We’ve Done:

  • Completely gutted the entire thing!
  • Removed all old plaster, bulkhead, ceiling, floors, etc.
  • New plumbing and electrical
  • New window and door
  • New walls, ceiling and floors
  • New custom double vanity (built by my uncle)
  • Tossed the old tub and installed a new walk-in shower (“stolen” space from an extra closet on the other side of the bathroom)
  • New reclaimed barnwood floors
  • New toilet (and new toilet location to accommodate a larger vanity)
  • Widened the door opening and installed a pocket door to replace the very narrow swinging door
  • Added a large bank of built-in shelves
  • New lights, new fans, new electrical outlets
  • Added an in-wall heater (it works on a timer) to make our bathroom toasty warm in the winter

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing at this point!

See more pictures in this post.

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The Nursery:

What We’ve Done:

  • New doors and windows
  • Removed one closet to make walk-in shower in the master bath
  • Installed wood paneling (painted white) over FOUR layers of wallpaper
  • Removed carpet and installed reclaimed barnwood floors
  • New trim around doors, windows, base, and crown molding
  • New light fixture and electrical outlets

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing at this point!

View all 4 of our Nursery Renovations:

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The Hallway

We have a tiny little hallway that connects our bedroom and bathroom with the nursery — it’s on of my favorite places in the house (weird, I know!)

I don’t have any before pictures, but I thought I’d post an after picture here anyway.

Read more about our hallway in this post.

The Kitchen + Dining Room:

What We’ve Done:

  • Completely gutted the entire thing!
  • Removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
  • Removed the wall between the dining room and living room.
  • Added a new wall between the dining room and front entry way
  • All new plumbing and electrical
  • All new windows and doors
  • All new insulation, drywall, wainscoting, paint, etc.
  • “New” reclaimed barnwood floors
  • New cabinets and appliances
  • Huge new island
  • New light fixtures and recessed lighting throughout the entire two rooms
  • Added about 10 new electrical outlets (there were only 3 total in the entire kitchen and dining room before)

What We Want to Do:

  • In the future, we love the idea of doing a built-in bench under the double window in the dining area and then building a custom table to stretch almost the entire length of the room. This would mean removing the red hutch though — so I’m not in a huge hurry to do this!

Read all about our massive 5-month-long kitchen renovation here.

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The 2nd Main Floor Bath:

What We’ve Done:

  • Changed the curtains
  • Added a chair so we can sit while we wait for our potty-training children to finish going to the bathroom 🙂

What We Want to Do:

  • Remove wallpaper and paint in a neutral color with wainscoting 3/4 of the way up the walls
  • Remove old shower, sink, and toilet
  • New flooring
  • New trim around windows, doors, base, and crown molding
  • New claw-foot tub with an option for adding a shower down the road
  • New sink and toilet
  • New light fixtures
  • Old fashioned shutters on the windows for privacy (instead of curtains)

Obviously, we haven’t done much to this room  yet — so you guys will all get a front-row seat to this project whenever we finally get to work!

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The Laundry Room:

What We’ve Done:

  • Laundry!
  • Added an electrical outlet

What We Want to Do:

  • Remove wallpaper
  • New flooring
  • New trim and baseboard
  • Unstack washer and dryer and put a counter over the top of the units
  • Install cabinets above washer and dryer and around the corner over existing counter (in that wasted space)
  • Hang ironing board and iron on the wall somewhere
  • New light fixture.

This is another room we haven’t touched since we’ve moved in (we’ve had too many bigger projects to tackle). But don’t worry, we have big plans for this tiny room… eventually 🙂

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The Mudroom:

What We’ve Done:

  • The mudroom was a totally new room for us so everything is completely brand new.
  • We basically turned a covered porch off the back of our house into a fully enclosed mudroom area!
  • Redid the landscaping around the mudroom

What We Want to Do:

  • Possibly add lockers to the wall where the black bench is now — whenever we need/want more storage

See the original mudroom before/after post here.

See the updated tour here.

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The Basement:

Since the basement is right off the mudroom, I figured I might as well mention it — even though we don’t plan to do anything down here for several years.

Our basement is not a “nice” basement — but it is nicer than most 127 year old home basements 🙂

What We’ve Done:

  • Put new glass block windows in with vents
  • Cleaned it up and put 2 storage shelves down there

What We Want to Do:

  • Remove all the old barn wood (we plan to sell most of it and use some of it to make stuff
  • Waterproof the basement and get rid of the musty smell (hopefully this can be done!)
  • The rest will be storage

See the post about our basement here.

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Let’s go upstairs!

 

The Landing Area:

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • We hope this room will continue to “morph” as our children get older and eventually see it serving as a study area, a library, a computer center, and more.

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The Boys’ Bedroom:

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing right now.

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Nora’s Bedroom:

What We’ve Done:

  • Totally gutted the entire room — all new insulation and drywall
  • New windows and doors
  • Raised the ceilings by 14″
  • Added a 2nd closet
  • All new electrical (including extra outlets) and a new HVAC vent
  • New light fixtures and ceiling fan
  • New carpeting

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing!

This room used to be our guest bedroom.

Then we transitioned it into Simon’s big boy room.

Now it serves as Nora’s new bedroom (with a loft bed!)

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The Upstairs Bathroom:

What We’ve Done:

  • Removed wallpaper
  • Painted over the brightly colored fish / ocean theme
  • Removed the shower and added a bathtub
  • Added additional storage
  • New light fixture and larger mirror
  • Added towel bars and some storage furniture

What We Want to Do:

  • Completely gut this room and start over with a new layout
  • New double vanity
  • New floors (hopefully with radiant heat)

We still have big plans for this bathroom, but you can read about all the progress we’ve made in this post.

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Let’s go outside…

Here’s a bird’s eye view of our property so you can get a feel for where our outbuildings are.

The Garage:

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • New windows as ours are all “fogged” up since water vapor got between the glass at some point
  • New garage doors that look more like old-fashioned carriage doors

See our garage before and after photos here.

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The Extra Garage / Outbuilding:

What We’ve Done:

  • Put furniture (and some storage junk) inside
  • Removed wood burning stove (for insurance purposes)

What We Want to Do:

  • We have big ideas for this space — but nothing that will be implemented any time soon
  • I know this space is VERY outdated and definitely not my style, but since it’s a nice heated outbuilding, we’re content to simply use it “as is” for several years until we have the cash to renovate it the way we’d like.

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The Sheds:

In the Spring of 2014, we built a small “outhouse looking shed” on the side of our property. It is mainly just for looks — but it is a nice place to store yard tools, kids, toys, yard games, etc.

You can read more about the outhouse shed in this post.

We also built a larger shed in the fall of 2015.

We planted a vegetable garden to the left of the shed.

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Landscaping:

new swingset

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • Relandscape the area by our mail boxes and get new mailboxes
  • Add a few nice planting beds in our front yard to break up the huge amounts of grass
  • Potentially add a swimming pool

Here are the links to our summer makeovers:

You can read ALL our landscaping posts here.

 

OK, I think that’s EVERYTHING… for now!

I Hope You Enjoyed the Tour!

 

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19 comments

  1. Debra Martin

    10/24/2017

    I am totally impressed when I look at each room inside, the garages outside and all the landscaping projects you’ve completed in such a short period, then when you add in the 4 children born during this time frame and you have also paid off this house and all these projects….it is totally amazing. I get decision making ‘paralysis’ when contemplating major projects. You gutted rooms, removed walls, chose appliances, flooring, finishing, etc. like a champ! Good for you guys!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    You are not alone in your “decision making paralysis” –so many people I know have this! Thankfully, I don’t because I need to “work quickly” in order to accomplish everything 🙂
    Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement!

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  2. JoDi

    10/23/2017

    Loved the updated tour!

    I bet I’m not the only one who doesn’t think you’re weird for loving that hallway! I love the upper hall that leads to the bedrooms and main bath in our house. It’s partly because I love the artwork I have on the walls, and partly because you get a view into our guest room at the end of the hallway as you walk down the hall, and I just love how that room turned out!

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    Andrea Reply:

    sounds lovely!

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  3. Jennifer K.

    10/23/2017

    I just love your style! Thanks for sharing all the updates 🙂

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  4. Barb

    10/23/2017

    Enjoyed the house and yard tour, everything is beautiful and well done! What kind of wood is used on the office/table?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Barb. Believe it or not, the office table was a fabulous Craigslist find — EXACTLY the right size to squeeze in our opening. So, I have no idea what kind of wood it is — sorry!

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  5. Kimberley Carlisle

    10/23/2017

    Love your house! Thank you for sharing!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kimberly — we love it too! 🙂

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  6. Katie

    10/23/2017

    Hello! Do you mind if I ask how many square feet above grade level your home is?

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    Andrea Reply:

    I believe it’s about 2600 above ground. We’re not sure if we can ever realistically finish off the basement, but that would add probably another 600ish.

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  7. Myka

    10/23/2017

    Wow, I remember when you first moved into the farmhouse. Love all the renovations, it looks stunning, Andrea!
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  8. Ashley

    10/23/2017

    How fun to see your house! I should be better about taking before and after pictures 🙂 Have you thought about doing an “L” shaped bench/banquette in the corner opposite your red hutch? You would gain a bunch of seating by get to keep your beautiful piece of furniture!

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    Michelle Reply:

    Oooohhh! I like that idea! I like the hutch also and wouldn’t want to get rid of it so I was checking out the area to see what else would work to get her the seating she needs and still keep the hutch. Great idea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, we’ve definitely talked about doing an “L” bench in the dining room — and actually, my uncle is currently making us a couple of benches right now. We’ll see what we do with them!

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  9. Dawn Kaestner

    10/23/2017

    I am curious if you will leave Clara in the downstairs bedroom when she gets older or move her upstairs with the other kids?

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    Andrea Reply:

    We’ll just have to play it by ear and see how the next couple of years go — but our plan is to move Clara in with Nora (we will put the bottom bunk on her bed so it won’t be a loft anymore). Then we’d like to turn the nursery into a little den area and maybe get rid of the TV in our living room.

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  10. Luba @ Healthy with Luba

    10/23/2017

    Andrea, you and Dave have really transformed your entire property and home to make it “you.” The inside of your home looks so fresh and clean, and I love the vegetable garden too.

    As I looked at what you still want to accomplish, it was refreshing to see that you are still paying cash for everything!

    I trust you and Clara are both doing well.

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks Luba! It’s easy to look ‘fresh and clean’ when I paint everything white 🙂 But yes, that’s the look we were going for!
    And yes, Clara and momma are both doing well!!

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