An Updated Tour of our Farmhouse

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2017

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 barn wood floor to replace the old, stained tile in the entryway
  • Repaint whenever we repaint the living room

.

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 doorways, 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)

.

The Office:

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing at the moment

See more photos of our office in this post.

.

Master Bedroom:

What We’ve Done:

  • New doors and windows
  • Repainted all the walls and the ceiling
  • Ripped up carpeting and installed reclaimed barn wood 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 πŸ™‚
  • 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!

.

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 barn wood 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.

.

The Nursery:

What We’ve Done:

  • New doors and windows
  • Removed one closet to make a walk-in shower in the master bath
  • Installed wood paneling (painted white) over FOUR layers of wallpaper
  • Removed carpet and installed reclaimed barn wood 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:

.

The Hallway

We have a tiny little hallway that connects our bedroom and bathroom with the nursery — it’s one 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 the living room.
  • Added a new wall between the dining room and front entryway
  • All new plumbing and electrical
  • All new windows and doors
  • All new insulation, drywall, wainscoting, paint, etc.
  • “New” reclaimed barn wood 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.

.

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 πŸ™‚

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!

.

The Laundry Room (now half bath):

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • nothing!

.

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.

.

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 πŸ™‚

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.

.

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.

.

The Boys’ Bedroom:

 

 

What We’ve Done:

What We Want to Do:

  • Nothing right now.

.

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.

Then it was a playroom

Then it was Nora’s bedroom.

Then it was the bedroom all 3 older kids shared.

Now it’s back to just Nora’s room

.

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
  • Added a shower curtain

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.

.

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.

.

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.

.

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.

.

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!

647Shares

Filed under: HomeOur FarmhouseBefore & After

Leave a comment

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!!!

    [Reply]

    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 πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement!

    [Reply]

  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!

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    sounds lovely!

    [Reply]

  3. Jennifer K.

    10/23/2017

    I just love your style! Thanks for sharing all the updates πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

  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?

    [Reply]

    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!

    [Reply]

  5. Kimberley Carlisle

    10/23/2017

    Love your house! Thank you for sharing!

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Kimberly — we love it too! πŸ™‚

    [Reply]

  6. Katie

    10/23/2017

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

    [Reply]

    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.

    [Reply]

  7. Myka

    10/23/2017

    Wow, I remember when you first moved into the farmhouse. Love all the renovations, it looks stunning, Andrea!
    http://www.supersimpleways.com

    [Reply]

  8. Ashley

    10/23/2017

    How fun to see your house! I should be better about taking before and after pictures πŸ™‚ 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!

    [Reply]

    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!

    [Reply]

    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!

    [Reply]

  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?

    [Reply]

    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.

    [Reply]

  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.

    [Reply]

    Andrea Reply:

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

    [Reply]