Monday, July 9, 2012

Farmhouse Tour

Well I promised these pictures would be up last week...so sorry about that.  Better late than never though right?  I shared a few pictures that were emailed to us before, but when we were last at the house I took pictures of almost every room so we could have a proper 'before' tour.   The house is owned by a really nice woman who actually bought it because her kids went to the local university, so there are some odd college-kid decisions throughout the house - but hey! Rent is cheap!

Let's start downstairs shall we? The (now green!) front door opens into the dining room, which is now already sporting it's first coat of paint...the walls were ok, but they are just a little fleshy for my liking.  I'll show you that progress soon, I don't have any pictures yet!
Do you like our dining room table?  What can I say...we like to live in luxury.  Moving on...to the right in the above picture is the entry into the kitchen, which you already saw here, but for a refresher...it looks like this.
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you - the ceiling is grey.  I already took down that little scalloped piece of wood above the sink, which took a few years off the look of the kitchen! it wasn't even attached to anything, just kind of wedged between the cabinets - so that was pretty easy.
 Here is the view from in front of the sink, looking into the dining room. The very dingy door that you can see above is the basement door, and you can barely see it but there is a cat door installed there - so we are going to have to think creatively to secure that.  I'm pretty sure one or both of the boys will go through it at some point if we don't block it off.  To the left of the dining room is the living room, which runs along the entire back half of the house. 
This room is nice and open, but I am already running into a mental roadblock when I try to figure out furniture arrangement.  From the far end of the living room, this is what you see...
The wooden doors are to the laundry closet, which I didn't take a picture of, but its pretty utilitarian - washer, dryer, shelf.  It will do the job just fine! The white door is to the downstairs half bath.  Which looks like this...
The wall color in here would have been fine, but for whatever reason someone tried to touch up paint with a different color.  Oy.  It will get there - I just keep telling myself that, it will get there. 

Moving upstairs...this is where it gets very, um...farmhouse-ish.  It doesn't come across in the pictures, but the ceilings up here are right around 6 and a half feet...so when you are watching your 6 foot 2 inch husband walk around, the upstairs looks pretty tiny.   The truth is though, that once we are all awake and into our day, we don't spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so it isn't a huge problem.  Anyway...here is our room, which is a lovely shade of evergreen.
Yeah...we primed over that already.  The door to the left in the above picture is a large closet, which is awesome because I don't think our dresser will fit in our room once the bed is in! Again...not a huge problem - just different.

Shortly after we got to the house, we let Jack pick his room out of the other two bedrooms.  They are practically identical, but it was cute to see him run back and forth before finally settling on this one...
Can we ignore how terrible this picture is?  Yowch! This room was a charcoal grey color, with brown carpet...so I lovingly think of it as "the cave".  Jack was VERY excited to get to paint his own room.
 Right now it is just primer, but we do have the paint for his room on hand, so we are hoping to slap that up pretty soon.  Straight across from Jack's room is Luke's room.  This is the only upstairs room (aside from the bathroom) that wasn't a weird color.
It will still need to be repainted (check out the 'edging' around the baseboard heaters...), but at least it doesn't feel like the walls are closing in on you in here.  There are two other spaces upstairs, the soon to be playroom (which I didn't take a picture of), and the bathroom...
Can I just take a minute to apologize for not putting the toilet seat down?  Ick? I took these pictures just minutes after we walked in, so rest assured...I will scrub the life out of the bathroom before we live in it! Also...the only door that is wooden in the upstairs - again - weird.  I actually like the color in the bathroom (but not the bookshelf?) so aside from cleaning this room to within an inch of it's life, it doesn't need a whole lot!

So there you have it! I am looking forward to putting our mark on the little place, and making it a little less...weird.

Phew! I think this might be the longest post I have ever written. If you made it to the end..I commend you!

20 comments:

  1. This is going to look great when you're done!

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  2. It's going to look fabulous!

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    1. thanks! I am excited to put our mark on it!

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  3. The house has great bones! I'm sure it will look lovely when you are finished!

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  4. It has the prettiest light! Looks so much better than the houses I lived in during college (think sloping showers that turned into gross lakes when you were in there for longer than 10 minutes :/)

    I'm excited to see what you do with such a blank slate!

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    1. I loooove the light downstairs! It feels cheerful to me!

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  5. So much potential! Can't wait to see what you do with it. :)

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    1. Thanks Melanie! If you are ever in the Bloomsburg area you will have to come brainstorm with me!

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  6. Yaaay! You will do amazing things with this house! I just know it :)

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  7. You are going to love it once you are all settled and put your stamp on things!!

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    1. Thanks! I am ready to get this move over with and start settling in!

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  8. Minus the bad wall colors, it looks like you've got a lovely rental home! I especially love the beams in the living room!

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    1. Thanks! I love the beam there as well!

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  9. I love the airy-ness...and you may change your mind about the bookshelf in the bath if there is no linen closet upstairs :)

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    1. Good point!! There is a funky closet type thing in the hall...but Im not sure its functional, haha!

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  10. I seriously dream of living in a farm house someday. Love!

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    1. It reminds me of my grandmothers farm house, which is great!

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