We're sharing the progress we've made in our third year of restoring and remodeling our 100+ year-old farmhouse.
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It's finally looking like a house someone can live in and the before and after photos are already amazing!
We're just months away from moving in finally and excited to share the progress with you!
We created a video walk-through that contains a lot more than I'm able to include here, so I encourage you to watch that to really get an idea (it also has before photos of the first floor, too).
I'm also including the progress photos from all the main areas on the first floor here - and you get to see the start of the floors being laid that weren't in the video!
1900 Farmhouse Renovation Progress Video
Tour The Farmhouse
Living & Dining
Since I didn't take the photos until just before publishing this, you get to see the rooms with some of the floors installed, which weren't there in the video. Amazing how flooring brings it all together, isn't it?
This is looking from the kitchen into the entry-living and dining room. The wall we added creates a place for an entry area but still leaves an open flow between the dining room and living.
Once the floors are done in here, it's molding for doorways and baseboards and that's it! Well, and installing the two new big windows where the smaller one is now (just out of view to the right in the photo above) - but we're waiting on custom sized windows for that.
The kitchen has come such a long way! And doesn't that built-in cabinet look like it's always been there? *heart eyes*
Reminder: the beam is where a wall was to an enclosed porch (complete with window and door).
The wall with the windows (and the cute sconce!) will hold a bank of cabinets and the range with a hood. There will be an island with the sink, dishwasher and a few more cabinets.
The beadboard ceiling is all original - we had to just remove wallboard, scrape and sand before painting. Most of the beadboard walls in the main kitchen are original, there were just a few areas we patched with new, as well as the new we used in the former enclosed porch area.
I'm loving how it is all coming together!
Laundry Room & Hall
We finished the window and door trim in the laundry room (to the left above).
The room that is now our laundry and mudroom used to be a storage area in the enclosed porch. Complete with sloping floor with exterior beams that ended in dirt (yep, the house needed a foundation badly).
Once we install the flooring in here we can finally place the water heater back and attach it to have warm water. We need to build a surround for the freezer that will be able to hold a rack for clothes drying as well as add some storage cabinets.
What was once an awkward hallway with angles of covered plumbing pipes on the ceiling, an angled wall with a door you couldn't open (that we found opened to a...pipe), and a wall with a raised area (a closet? who knows...) is now a large open hallway.
It has new beadboard walls we ran vertically to make it look a little different from the kitchen and a reclaimed wood ceiling. One that is wonderfully flat (thank you, Mr. Plumber).
The hall is big enough that one day I know I'll want to add storage to at least a couple walls.
I had hoped by the time of our three year progress we'd have the toilet installed in the bathroom, which goes a long way to feeling like a bathroom. But at least we have it ready to go! (And don't get me started on how hard it was to find a toilet to fit our space and our requirements - sheesh!)
All that's left for this room, really, is installing said toilet, finishing the vanity conversion (the drawers need sections built), installing the light fixtures and shower fixtures.
The master bedroom was created from the 8 foot deep bedroom that was here + the 8 foot addition we added. We took 2 feet for the bathroom, leaving a 14 foot deep (by 15 foot wide) room with an 11 foot ceiling.
See the beams on the floor under the windows? Those are the new 2x6s I aged and stained that will become the beams on the ceiling. Then we can place the ceiling fan (needed with a ceiling this tall in a southern facing room!), add the flooring and the moldings to finish this room.
Well, we have to add shelving to the closet, too, and attach a vintage door with have with sliding door hardware.
Wait, what about the upstairs?
Yes, well, we do give you a little peek upstairs in the video. Suffice it to say, we'll need to do a lot up there. We will be able to use the flooring up there, though, so that is a huge bonus.
Painting, doors, and moldings - plus another gut bathroom job! We need to add a tub to the half bath up there, so we'll need to pull another permit.
BUT, we're only aiming to finish the main floor before moving in - we'll continue to work on the place while we live in it (like the rest of the world, lol).
So, that's the 3 year progress tour - be sure to subscribe to not miss new videos and updates!
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It looks great and I bet you can't wait to get it all together and live in it. So close!
Thank you - we are really looking forward to moving in, as you can imagine!
I know you are getting excited about being so close to be able to move in. I love all you have done and can't wait to see it all finished and decorated .It will be a wonderful home for you to spend the rest of your lives in with family and friends. That view is spectacular, what a blessing to live there.
Yes, now that we're coming to the final stretch, I do feel blessed (there were times I wondered what the heck we'd gotten into, ha!).
Tina W says
We need to re-do our engineered hardwood floors and I love yours! Where did you purchase them? We live in eastern Oregon.
I actually found them on a site called FloorsToYourHome.com - they carry factory seconds and discontinued items. The company is super easy to work with and follows up on orders in person.
There is still some left of the floor we got:
But I'll warn you that it is "cabin grade" and so was more difficult to install because of the differences in some of the widths. If I were to do it again, I'd pay a bit more for non-cabin grade, though I do love how they look. 🙂
Faun Corkum says
It looks amazing! I’m so excited for you!
LINDA G says
Like most of your followers, I am living vicariously in your farmhouse renovation project and am loving it. May you and family enjoy a lifetime of joy in your home. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
I'm so glad you are following along, Linda!
Charlotte Moore says
It is really coming together. I know you will be so glad to move in. When you start working upstairs you might get a lot of dust even downstairs when you sand the floors. Dust seems to find every little crack to get through.
Thanks for sharing!!
I keep thinking about that, Charlotte!! That's why Brian wants to just paint the floors upstairs and while I like that look, I don't want to have to repaint as they wear. If I could get them sanded I could just put a clear coat on them and not have to worry about it again. 🙂