To do...and do...and do

It's great working in a crew, even if said crew is only two people strong. Our particular crew took the week off before Christmas to plow through our To Do list. After my recent discovery of antique wallpaper in the stair well, I was continuing to chair the Save the Plaster Initiative. I finally worked out a system to remove the hardboard involving scoring, peeling, spritzing, and scraping. Everything about it was labor intensive, filthy, and tedious.

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Deck the Halls

Rule #1 of owning a not-new house: you have no idea what you’re going to find.

Four months after moving in and I’m dying to gut something. We bought this house to renovate after all and I have not RENOVATED. The thrill of ripping out the world’s ugliest carpet has long since died away. It’s time to act!

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On the Absence of Chill

We closed on the house on a Monday but didn't spend our first night here until a Thursday. There were a few things to do before then. We spent the interim building a temporary dog pen, installing a dog door, and cleaning the house as best we could.

At least that was the original plan. The first night (Tuesday) Brandon was very good at knocking out his part of the list and plowed merrily along through the dog fence. I, on the other hand, meandered around the house half heartedly vacuuming rooms, taking down curtains CAKED with grime, and dusting the beautiful staircase. 

My main goal was to get the carpets in the house clean enough for us to sleep in on Thursday.

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Defender of Plaster

Three things about this house:

  1. Almost every room is 106 year old plaster.
  2. The corners of the foundation sank approximately 5” in the last sixty years.
  3. Every single surface that is plaster has ⅛” hardboard glued to it. Yes. GLUED.

Now. Three things about this renovation:

  1. Completely replace and upgrade all electrical work.
  2. Insulate both exterior and interior walls for warmth, sound, and fireproofing.
  3. Save plaster, if reasonable.

The third bullet point was entirely of my own making and is admittedly probably some version of DIY harakari when coupled with House Fact #2. Back before we really started renovating, I was bored and went after the downstairs stair wall with water and a 5-in-1 scraper.

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Welcome to the Farm

Hi there! I'm Paige. Nice to meet you.

I grew up on a two-hundred acre farm a little away from everything. My husband, Brandon, grew up on over four-hundred acres in the literal middle of nowhere. While in college, we’d take day trips through the farmland surrounding the city just to get back to shady trees and green grass. We’d pull off on the side of the road and roll the windows down just to listen to that country silence. We are, in our deepest hearts, country folk. And no matter where else we've lived or visited, nothing calls to us like rural life.

After college, we packed up our cat and moved to the suburbs as our first tentative step into homeownership. Our house was a very nice three year old, four bedroom, two and a half bath home on a 0.2 acre lot. We acquired some cars, another cat, a dog, and a motorcycle. We even got married while we lived there. Yet every few weeks since the move, I have checked and rechecked the listing websites looking for...something. Something with character, charm, space, land, barns, buildings, wooden doors, glass knobs, and maybe a beautiful staircase.

And we found it. Welcome to our farm.

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This blog is here to chronicle our successes and failures as we make this beautiful, one hundred year old, slightly neglected house into our forever home. We can hardly wait to get started.