We're bringing you a FULL farmhouse tour of our renovation - the first complete tour we've done since the before tour!
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See what we've done so far, where we're at in the remodel, and even some spaces we haven't shown before.
We're finally in the stages of finishing rooms instead of foundation, electrical, insulation, and such - in other words, the fun stuff!
Farmhouse In-Progress Tour Year 3 Video
Note: I'm sharing photos below to give you an idea of our progress, but to get the full house tour, it's really best to watch the video (for instance, we go to the upstairs that we haven't shown since day one and talk about plans).
FULL Farmhouse Progress Tour
We start the tour at the new front door.
This is the door we purchased at Home Depot (online - we learned it was more expensive to buy at the store!). TIP: If I were to choose again, I'd go with a lighter wood color - the dark shows everything.
Some of you might remember the farmhouse originally had two front doors that we discovered after removing the vinyl siding (seen in the before photo above left).
It also explained why the front door was off-center while the windows were evenly spaced. Those kind of things really bug me, so that was going to have to change no matter what, ha!
Above is the wall we added in the living-dining area to separate the two rooms and allow for an entry wall area next to the door.
Walking into a long, open room felt really "off" for an old farmhouse so I knew I'd want to add a wall for that feeling and so much more function.
But when we saw the outline on the floor of an original wall between the two doors, I knew it was the right decision - it's supposed to have a wall there!
We made the opening wide, though, for nice flow between the rooms.
And in fact we have widened the doorways into and out of the kitchen, too. Just widening the doors makes such a huge difference!
Before we move to the rest of the tour, I wanted to show this amazing custom cabinet my talented stepdad made for us!
It's got pocket doors that retract so we can have our coffee station here, but close it up when we're not using it since it will be seen from the front rooms.
It's so great - and that's not all, this cabinet is part of a set of cabinets that are narrower to fit at the bottom of the stairs and we worked together to make them seem like a piece of furniture you'd see in old kitchens.
I can't wait to show you the finished product when it's installed!
(If you watch the video, you'll see more of that green painted cabinet to the right! Hint: it's for the bathroom...)
When you walk through the wider opening into the enlarged kitchen, you see how far it's come from before - when the window above the sink looked into the...enclosed porch.
The section you see above is the enclosed porch now - it will hold the stove wall and part of an island with the sink.
I have heart-eyes over two things about this space - the beadboard walls and ceiling that match the original ceiling in the main kitchen area, and the arched cabinet wall to the left that we showed unpainted here.
You can see it how great it looks painted and moved into place so that the old arch and newer bottom cabinet look like one built-in piece. It adds SO much to the space!
To the other side of the kitchen is our stairwell, which is finally getting an overhaul next week.
This photo above is such a picture of how this old farmhouse was put together willy-nilly.
They built new, wider steps right on top of the original steep stairs - and held them up with pieces of beadboard and 2x4s. Sheesh, no wonder they are rickety!
Moving on from the kitchen, we come to the hallway with its original wood ceiling and beadboard walls from kitchen leftovers.
(We didn't have the wall completed in the video, so this is even more current!)
Through the hall doorway is the expanded master bedroom with its high ceilings and tall windows.
We've clad the walls in a thin plywood in a width to mimic the original wood walls of the house.
This turned out to be easy and super cost-effective, much less than regular plywood (these sheets only cost $11 each!).
Brian is finishing the window molding (he's doing them just like this tutorial we made when redoing the living room windows) and then we'll spray everything white.
The windows are pretty dramatic in this room.
We plan to have some wood beams on the ceiling to help bring it down to human levels, ha.
We show the laundry room and talk about what's coming, but it doesn't look much different from the last time you saw it, so let's go to the bathroom.
I primed the window molding and original ceiling and now it's looking so bright and clean.
Everything but the tile is original in this room, so it's one of my favorites. All that's left is to paint in Benjamin Moore's Simply White and install the fixtures!
You can see the decorating plan for this room here.
We do head to the upstairs in the video, but it's not pretty, so I'll leave that for the video.
Let us know what you think - we love hearing from you, especially as we're getting to the stuff that really makes a difference in the rooms!
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Brenda C says
Thanks so much for making the video ... amazing job!
Thank YOU, Brenda. 🙂
Looks like y'all are doing a wonderful job. I once did a whole house makeover but the house wasn't as old as yours. It is a labor of love. God bless you and keep up the great work!
SO true, Donna!
Marlene Stephenson says
You two have been very busy and it looks wonderful. Using all those old boards are so nice and they look so good. I love all your cabinets old and new and can't wait to see them installed. This was a great video and know you are jumping for joy and feel so blessed, all that hard work is certainly paying off, thank you for sharing and have a great day.
Thanks so much for watching and your encouraging words, Marlene! Hopefully, much more is to come. 🙂
Linda Johnston says
In our area the two front doors mean you have a very old house like over 200 years old. We have them. It is so hard to clean up doors, floors and even walls withhorse hiar insulation! It took us 10 years. Love your paint free doors adn seeing your home in progress.
Thanks, Linda! We've encountered a lot of different insulation (old denim jeans, anyone?), but not horsehair! Maybe because we're just 100 years old? 🙂
Charlotte Moore says
Thanks for sharing. You all have accomplished a lot. I just would not have the patience to do it though. HA!
Mary L Buzzell says
Thank you for showing us your progress! What a lot of work! It is going to be so beautiful when you are done. Can't wait to see it then
Thank you, Mary - me too. 🙂
Wow, what a long way you've come! Happy hunkering down on the fun stuff this winter!
Thank you - we hoped to get a lot more done!
Marilee Reyes says
You two have really done a great job and it looks like you're in the home (pun intended) stretch now. Bravo!
Looking forward too the finished house ... as I'm sure you are, too.
Juanita Lane says
Absolutely gorgeous I am all for reusing original wood when ever possible.
I know a lot of time and energy was spent, never mind finding good contractors to help.
Bathroom tile in shower, and floor love it!
Thanks for doing an update on the progress
Thanks for watching and commenting, Juanita - hopefully lots more to come!
Linda G. says
Everything looks fantastic and is really coming together. You are creating a beautiful home; and I love how much you are saving so many of the original elements and amending and recreating when needed. So many times we see properties that lose much of their original character and charm, which attracted the owner, only to be transformed into something with questionable results. For me following the progress on your house and garden is like watching the best min-series and is instructional as well.
Ah, thank you Linda! I hope it's fun to watch, as I sure do like a good makeover. I just wish we were a little faster so you all could see it more. 🙂
Fabulous! So fun.
PS: Thanks for posting photos (not just a video). I have a preschooler, and it's hard to find time to watch a video or listen to a podcast. But I can easily snatch a moment to look at photos or read a blog post!
Glad that was helpful, Corrie!