I'm a woman of few words, but I created this blog to share my own farmhouse style interior design, every day family life on our 35 acre farm with apple orchard and of course my handmade RUSTIC FARMHOUSE 'WARES'.
Hello again friends! I can't believe how long it's been since my last post! A LOT has gone on since but not necessarily regarding the restoration of the farmhouse. A couple major things have gone on in our lives. Mostly mine. One of them being that I had surgery in May after many years of illness and I am working towards regaining my health. I am happy to say that I don't feel like I am dying anymore! There has been many improvements but I could take a couple years to get better. I completely stopped doing things around here. I had to! The whole sale & move from our previous farmhouse, living in a cramped temporary rental while working on severance & purchase of this property and working on it to get it ready to move in just about did me in!! Being a large family is work enough! And doing all the legal aspects of it mostly by myself was beyond draining! NOW MOVING FORWARD!! I am feeling better and now slowly getting back into smaller jobs around here and back at the sewing machines creating items for my etsy shop
My husband works continental shifts, overtime and is Captain for our local Fire & Rescue. Unfortunately he doesn't have much time off so between the two of us not much has been done here in the last several months. One major thing that happened was MY KITCHEN SINK IS FINALLY HOOKED UP!
Yes it's a big deal considering dishes were being done in a big tub on the dining room table! I was telling a friend of mine about this she couldn't believe it because they did the exact same thing during their renovations. It was not a fond memory of hers and I can understand why! Another couple I know that had been living in their historic home while under restoration, had to connect wires together to turn their furnace on and then disconnect them to shut it off or it would run non stop and get really hot. They also said they used extension cords everywhere for the longest time. We ARE running extension cords around because of the lack of outlets. The electrical had been upgraded at one time but they didn't add the amount of outlets THIS family needs! I'm also glad to say we don't have to connect wires anywhere. Early on I heard about a Union Gas rebate program so I made sure to sign up. Any changes we made had to fit into certain guidelines and we had to have energy audits done. One before & one after changes. We added a new KEEPRITE high efficiency furnace and natural fill blown in attic insulation. We spent a total of $4000.* and received a $1500. rebate! It really does pay to check into any programs being offered. (*we got quotes for new furnace & install that were double the price of what we ended up paying. Always check around for best pricing AND look for someone who works for bigger companies and can install on the side like we did. we saved on labor)
Anyways! BACK TO MY SINK! I mentioned in a previous post about where I got my inspiration for my sink and faucet. I must say that the results have been pretty much what I had hoped for and envisioned.
Back in 2006 when designing my kitchen for our previous farmhouse I chose the FRANKE white fire clay apron front sink from Villeroy & Boch. For this farmhouse I chose classic Barroca soapstone! I also chose to keep it unoiled. When soapstone isn't oiled it ages and darkens unevenly because of oils and greasy water. It gets nicks and scratches. I believe this aging process adds character. Patina. Which I wanted for my rustic farmhouse. Now if I see an area that has gotten too dark from some oil or greasy dish water I can sand it lightly and it's gone! So I can control it! I love my soapstone sink!!
My husband had to build a boxed area in front of the window to house the plumbing. It was a slight change from what was there before. The faucet style really changes the look. The top ledge is just a temporary board for now until my hubs can cut a new one. It has to fit tightly against the design of the trim so it requires multiple cuts. Hopefully he can get that done soon but for now it's certainly not stopping me from enjoying my sink!
I had originally planned on purchasing a different style brushed nickle drain plug that cost $200. UNTIL I FOUND THIS ONE! I just love this brushed stainless with it's 2" drain basket. It's unique & pretty. Considering the fact that this was ONLY $13. at our local Home Hardware I think I made a wise choice!
I also purchased 2 different style sets of handles for the faucet. Call me crazy! but I loved them both and enjoy changing things up a bit around the house. Maybe it will make doing dishes more fun? Maybe?
I love the ledge for fresh potted herbs and my ironstone pitchers.
Here is what it looks like right now opposite the sink. The fridge is to the left of the stove. (notice extension cords hanging?!) I am working hard to figure out storage options for every area of the house because back in the day when this house was built they were just a heck of a lot smarter than we were! They didn't have a lot of STUFF so they didn't need a lot of storage space. They had what they needed and not much more. Their dressers and hutches usually housed all that they had. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My studio/office. This room now looks like a tornado ripped through it! I have sewing supplies EVERYWHERE! it's terrible actually!
I have been lightening up more & more over the last several years and for this house I am focusing on a more pale neutral palette. I have a couple tables with green bases that I don't want anymore. I also painted over the green of my large dining cupboard. I continue to love pops of blue & green within my home and maybe a little purple from lavender & lilacs too! I also like bringing warmer colors in for fall but I still have a real hard time with red at Christmas time. bahumbug! I quickly get tired of color so I can only have it in small doses. All of these smaller items can be whisked away.
Back in 1999 I got my first off-white one piece tuck in couch cover. Then in 2001 I purchased Ektorp sofa and loveseat from IKEA with white fitted slipcovers and I have continued to have white since! I have also made a white linen slip for an arm chair. Some people are so scared of white but if you really want it you can have it! Just throw it in your washing machine with a little oxi clean & there you go!
I love surrounding myself with antique pieces large & small. I love antique grainsacks & textiles and the many things you can make with them. If it's warn out, cracked, chipped, patched and overall looks like its been around for a while then that's a good thing! A pale backdrop really helps to show off these smaller items too.
I am currently working on some great textile items for my etsy shop but because I also deal with items that can't easily be shipped I've been encouraged by a few people and especially the hubs to open up our house periodically to sell my wares. So we are working towards that. We are in a high traffic zone for tourists & cottagers so a Saturday/Sunday here & there would be great! Just put out a sign! I am working on a design for a sign now I'm happy to paint it myself. We just need to get a few more things done before I can open my doors.
I feel very content in my new farmhouse. I finally feel HOME. We lived for almost 10 years at our previous house and it never really felt like HOME for me. I tried so hard to infuse a certain look, a certain vibe into it but it wasn't working. I used to tell my husband that I couldn't "FEEL IT". I didn't connect to it. It's a house! Are you supposed to feel connected to a house? Seems strange but I really feel I was meant to live in a really old home. Everywhere I look here it's OLD! the doors, the trim, the floors, windows with wavy glass, cracked plaster walls, I could go on. It shows it's age. Now my furniture and belongings also look right at home. And most importantly, I can FEEL it...
My headboard REALLY needed a makeover! It had this black swirly wrought iron looking type thing in the center of it when we first bought it YEARS ago. I removed the swirly thing and was having SO MUCH trouble figuring out HOW to fill the hole!
It was horrible. I had not a clue how to fix it!
Then I thought about old tin tiles (which I LOVE!) The hubby mentioned they might be hard to cut and nail into the wood and also any tin tiles I had found so far were a little out of my budget. :(
BUT THEN! I found these inexpensive plastic tiles. I figured I could just paint them and try to give them that old tin tile LOOK. I cut them to size which was easy because they are just thin plastic. I then painted them with MMS MP in grain sack. I sanded them with a sanding block to add a distressed finish. I tacked them to the backside. They turned out pretty good!
They certainly work for now!
I hope I've inspired you to be a little creative! Mel
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