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I'm Janna, and I'm so glad you're here! Follow along with me on this adventure of life, decorating, and bringing modern farmhouse goodness to my little corner of the world.
Growing up on an apple farm in Oregon, I dreamed of running a "big business" in the city. I never imagined I'd grow up to have such a fondness for the everyday items I tripped over in our barn. Life is funny like that. Sometimes the most unexpected detours are the most fun!
*This post sponsored by Stainmaster®. All opinions are my own.
Finding our dream property? Check.
Getting an amazing team in place to do the renovation? Check.
Demo? Yep, that was fun.
AND THEN…the planning really began. We started thinking of things like “How do we want our house to look? How will it function? What kinds of things can we do to make it easier to care for? Which surfaces will stand up to every day wear & tear, teenagers, dogs, entertaining, farm life, muddy boots, spills, future grandchildren (ahem…that’s a long way off since we’re so incredibly young ;))?”, and the list goes ON!???? I mean, these are the THINGS! The things we needed to consider, care about, plan for, and focus on.
Someone once told me that other than your bed, the floors are the surface with which you have the most contact. In my mind, that translates to a pretty important decision when it comes to flooring.
Let’s start with the mud room/laundry room. We combined an old bathroom and the laundry room to create a larger area and an easy passage from the kitchen to our (future) garage. Here’s how it looked when we bought the place: (below)
It might sound crazy to REMOVE a bathroom, but this was definitely extra, and the red carpet wasn’t quite our look. 😉
The newly opened up space was a welcome change, but we definitely wanted a super DURABLE floor for this room. So many functions in a small space…washer & dryer, entrance from the back yard (hello muddy shoes), and home to our dog when we’re away from the house during the day. We needed something waterproof, puppy accident-proof, and scratch resistant. On top of all of that, it needed to look great!
(Below) Our selection! (mid-install)
We were so thrilled to find this luxury vinyl flooring from Stainmaster® (find this STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix “Free Expressions” PT100, color “Dove” here!). It checked all of our boxes. The “concrete” look would match up perfectly to the hardwood flooring in the hall, it was just enough pattern to help hide dirt (let’s face it, I’m not into mopping every day), and since this floor doesn’t require grout, there would be nowhere for pet stains to occur! WIN-WIN!!!!
Next up, our kids bathroom. Our daughter had requested a light & bright look, with tons of WHITE. I was SOOOOO on board with her idea. The challenge for the look & feel was somehow creating a warm look amidst all of the white, and again, finding something worry-free. I’m already envisioning lots of sleepovers, gatherings, friends doing makeup for prom and other fun events, and normal every day use. Here’s how the bathroom looked on the first day we got our keys! (below)
So now, imagine white walls, white cabinets, white everything…hang on! We needed something to ground the look, and to be waterproof & timeless! See our selection below! (mid-install)
Oh my goodness, YES. This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix “Free Expressions” PT100, Santa Fe Collection, Color: Toasted Brown was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. We could NOT be happier with this luxury vinyl floor. It looks like REAL hardwood, but it offers the ultimate durability for a bathroom. 100% waterproof, gorgeous, and oh my lands. I could see this installed in an entire home instead of hardwood…DREAMY! If you have dogs, kids, or just want a low-maintenance high-style option, THIS IS IT. 5 stars!!!
Let’s talk carpet. I know, I know…not usually the most exciting subject. But wait a sec, WHY NOT?? I love the coziness of carpet in a bedroom, and the way it brings “quiet” to spaces (an entire home full of hard surfaces can cause quite an echo!). I’ve always loved the “tidy” look of patterned carpet, and we knew we wanted something pretty, pet-friendly, and stain resistant in our home here on the farm.
Below you’ll find a “before” pic of our son’s bedroom…pretty bold! 😉
Since he’s not really a blue floral kinda guy, we were looking to create a clean slate. We are all a little gah-gah over the new look! (below, mid-install)
This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ Phenix ST155 Clever Expression, color: “Cast”, is absolutely HEAVENLY and we used it in all carpeted areas of our home. In the showroom it looked kinda on the “thin” side…but GUESS WHAT?? It might be the softest carpet I’ve ever felt. We used a STAINMASTER® memory foam pad, and that lends to the luxurious feel as well. This STAINMASTER® PetProtect™ carpet has unsurpassed durability (yes, please…we don’t care to move all of our furniture for new carpet any time soon!), and unsurpassed cleanability (perfect for puppy accidents).
Our master bedroom was in desperate need of an update when we bought the place…see the “before” look below!
We did a little juggling of the space plan, and here’s how it looks now (mid-install, below):
Fresh, clean, cozy, and oh-so-ready for a good vacuuming and MOVE-IN!!!!!! I love how the pattern adds interest without stealing too much attention from the soon-to-be-decorated space!
Our home had carpet on the stairs when we first took possession, and I actually liked that. The edge trim detail was still exposed, and the carpet allowed for that more “quiet” feel…no echoing feet in this tight stairwell. (See below)
So the former owners were on to something with the carpet, but it was ready for an update…see the current mid-install view below!
Yes, yes, yes. And more yes. I had no idea how the carpet installer would make things look neat & orderly here, but he was amazing! (see below…working his magic!)
And now, with just days until MOVE-IN DAY, it’s hard to sleep at night. SO. MANY. FUN. THINGS. TO THINK ABOUT. And the best part? We won’t be worried about our floors standing up to YEARS of wear & tear…we can just LIVE. And ENJOY.
We are SO HAPPY you’re here for our #renovationontheprairie. And FRIENDS!!!! Moving day is right around the corner!
Friends! Long time, no talk! 😉 I must say, this renovation, along with our day jobs, has had us completely consumed. Hopefully you’ve been able to follow along with the renovation via Instagram…we’ve been posting almost-daily updates in our Insta-stories, and it’s been so much fun to share it with you! (If you’ve missed them, you can see some highlights here! Hint: look for the yellow circles.)
Let’s catch up! We’ve shared the demo process here on the blog (you can find it here!), but now let’s talk about what’s been happening since then…the joy-filled process of rebuilding this old beauty. Gosh, and we thought demo was fun!
I still remember the moment we decided to step out of our comfort zones and trust God. We had absolutely and completely fallen in love with this home, and the 6 acres surrounding it. But….what IF??? What if this was a money pit? What if there were some major things wrong? I mean, this house was built in 1890! Who would do the work? Where do you even begin on something like this? Amidst the swirling questions and concerns in our heads, my hubby and I both had a feeling that THIS WAS IT. Home.
You know the feeling when a puzzle piece fits into place? How you can almost hear it “click” in? That’s what we felt in our hearts.
AND NOW…the truly exciting part of the journey, putting this house back together…to be our home for years to come. Wait. Let’s back up for one second…TO BE OUR HOME. OUR HOME. Still pinching ourselves over here. 🙂
Having an amazing builder on board, Fridley Custom Homes, we were ready to start this part of our adventure! Framing happened first…pictured above is the pantry. This is where the former 60’s kitchen once was…it was tiny! We are still trying to figure out where the original kitchen may have been, but that was gone long before we purchased the home.
Most of the framing needed happened in the 1960’s addition. There were hardly any changes to the 1890 original part of the house…whoever built this place chose a beautiful layout that is still functional today.
(Above) Our builder, Nolan, and I are discussing plans for the sliding pantry door.
The roof just above the entry was modified during framing. The original house had a flat decorative roof in this spot…which is tough in Oregon. We get a TON of rain, and our inspector suggested we address this area. Leaky roofs are not fun!
I love this shot…it was such to treat to see inside these beautiful old walls. Notice the glimpse of the office ceiling at the very top of this pic (above)…we’ve decided to leave it exposed & original…too pretty to cover!
Next up was electrical. You’ll notice all of the original lath & plaster was removed, which is not an easy process, and definitely not preferable. BUT, the wiring had to be completely updated for safety, and in some areas there was literally a breeze blowing through the house, so we knew good insulation would be imperative.
Just before the next step, we gathered as a family at the house to pray for our new season and write some scripture verses in the walls. Such a special day!
While work was happening at the house, I was busy with surface selections. One of the MOST FUN field trips was to Pratt & Larsen, a local tile company. We had the BEST time selecting a hand-made tile backsplash for the kitchen…something that would be truly unique for our much-loved old home. Stay tuned for our selection, later in this post!! 🙂
AND THEN. Game-changer. The day the windows arrived was surprisingly the MOST exciting day to this point. This was really the first big change & step forward, and boy was it a pretty one. 🙂 All of the original windows were saved, and some will even be incorporated later in a fun way, but the new windows will keep our family warm in the winter, they OPEN to allow for fresh air (the old windows were painted shut), and they allow us to enjoy our beautiful surroundings here on the farm. (Umm, do you detect my defensiveness here? ha ha…we’ve received a few notes from people who were very bothered that the windows were replaced. To each their own, right?) We selected a classic single mullion pattern to honor the history of our home.
Once we were “dried-in” with new windows, new insulation was added. This step was SHOCKINGLY wonderful! The house instantly became more quiet, warm, and we were well on our way to a cozy house for our family.
Hello, sheetrock!! This was a super exciting day (Uhh, seems like I say that EVERY day around here!). But wow, the impact! We have real walls again!!!
The sheetrock also provided a light, airy feel to the house…which was a fun change after looking at bare wood for so long!
During the demo process, the original chimney was discovered in the upstairs hall…there was NO WAY we were gonna cover that up again! I love the warmth and history it adds to this little area.
While things were rolling along inside, new siding was added to the exterior. The original siding remains underneath, so this is an added layer of protection from the elements. No more breezes blowing through the living room! 😉
Special care was taken to preserve the original corbels in the eaves…extra time for sure, but well worth it! The porch posts are completely rotted, so new posts will be added soon. Hey, those posts held the house up for a long time!
Gah! Doesn’t she look happy with her new siding? This old girl has a whole new lease on life. Hopefully now she will stand for at least another 128 years.
Before we knew it, cabinets were arriving. These custom-designed cabinets, from Parkwood Design here in Salem, Oregon, REALLY made this place feel homey! We chose a classic shaker style cabinet, and decided to do a stained island, for that feeling of warmth & welcome. The former kitchen was very 60’s, with green cabinets and funky vinyl floors, but I love that each family has put their own stamp on the house. We are so grateful to be the next in line!
We opted for butcher block countertops in the laundry room, for a classic feel. The warmth of the wood really softens all of the white!
The countertops arrived earlier than I was expecting…and what an exciting day that was! We chose Pental quartz, and the color is “Carrara.” We were thrilled with the helpful folks and installers from Bella Pietra Marble & Granite! The gray-ish white finish with slight veining is so pretty against the bright white cabinets. The farm sink is something I’ve always dreamt of, and I love the way it looks in our kitchen! You can find the sink here.
Excuse the dirty/dusty counters (hello, construction zone!), but I have a feeling we won’t mind doing dishes here!
Our interior paint color selection wasn’t as quick as I had imagined it would be. 😉 We had actually used a favorite color in our last 2 houses….yes, it was THAT much of a favorite! (Valspar “Coconut Milk, if you’re curious!) However, this time I figured it was time for something different. Folks, we’re going white. WHAT????? WE ARE??? I know. I thought that was pretty radical too. 😉 We settled on Sherwin Williams “Alabaster” for the walls in a satin finish, and the trim will be the same, but in a semi-gloss finish. Our interior doors will be Sherwin Williams “Amazing Gray”, and I’m pretty excited about it! Classic, clean, and perfect for our old farmhouse! (Both of these colors are shown above.)
Next, the finish carpenters showed up, and started on trim, including the board & batten shown here (above), in the living room. It will all get painted out white and OH HOW I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU THAT. This type of treatment adds texture & interest, and felt totally classic for this house. These types of trims can get pricey, so we sprinkled them around the house in key locations, where they would make the biggest impact.
Ok, so I couldn’t wait any longer! Here’s that same wall, now with primer. Paint should happen this week, but I’m in LOVE already!
The stairwell was a whole lotta wall space, and not much else to see. We added this pretty little high window, and lots of shiplap for texture. I often get questions about shiplap….”Do you think it’s a fad? Don’t you think it’s going out of style?” I guess it depends on your home, and your setting. During demo we uncovered some beautiful old shiplap in this house. If it was good enough for the Oregon Trail pioneers who built this place, it’s good enough for us!
One early sunny morning, we happily headed up to Portland to pick up our hand-made tile backsplash from Pratt & Larsen. (above) I can’t get over the gorgeous detail of each hand-glazed piece! Want to see how it looks in the kitchen? (below)
Ohhhhh my stars. It’s SO pretty. It hasn’t been grouted yet, but I couldn’t wait to show you!
We chose a coordinating hand-made 3×6 subway tile for the rest of the kitchen, also from Pratt & Larsen. Classic & simple, the theme of this renovation. We chose to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling, since there’s hardly any wall space in this kitchen. More tile? YES PLEASE. I can hardly wait for grout!
The range hood still waits to be completed. We’re thinking stucco, with a wood trim. Wait til you see what we hope to use for that! (think “original” details!)
(above) We selected a classic marble basketweave tile for the master bath floor, also not grouted yet. So perfect for this house!
When we bought the place, the back porch entrance had definitely been updated somewhere along the line, but we really wanted a more old-school back porch feel. After changing out the windows and siding on the 1960’s addition to blend better with the original house, we decided on a concrete porch, which will most likely be faced with brick (still making decisions). This new porch will be sweet & simple, much more in keeping with our country setting.
This fireplace in my office was such a treasure to uncover! It had been covered in blue wallpaper (probably part of the 1960’s renovation), and was the original heart of the home. Now that it has been cleaned up, I. LOVE. IT. And I look forward to staring at it with heart eyes for many years to come. So imperfect. Just the way I like it!
The most recent development around here is some freshly primed walls. WHO KNEW you could actually fall in LOVE with primed walls? I love thinking about how many sweet families have walked up and down these original stairs. How many babies were born here? What were the families like? I do know that the last family to own this place was here 50 years. I love that. It’s obvious they loved this property well. They added on to the house during their time here, and made their own upgrades & design decisions. And now, we get to be part of the story. And we’ll do our very best to take care of this happy home on the hill.
So what’s up next for our #renovationontheprairie? Well, paint is happening this week (interior) and I believe exterior paint will follow closely after that! We can’t wait to reveal our exterior paint color, and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do. We hope to be moving in within the next month…so that means some beautiful finishes are on their way too…flooring, stone, lighting, all kinds of things! Be sure to watch our Instastories for real-time updates, and of course follow along here for all the details. We LOVE having you with us for the adventure!
Gosh. When you’re in the midst of a massive renovation, you feel completely unsettled, and your schedule is nuts, it might be time for the OPPOSITE of what you THINK you need. Stick with me here.
I’m not a very exciting person. 😉 I like routines, schedules, and I DON’T like to have a completely jam-packed schedule. This girl needs white space, ya know? Let’s just say, it’s not like me to jet off somewhere when our lives are completely upside down with the renovation of our 1890 farmhouse. BUT. My favorite Texas clients, Mike & Christie, wanted to schedule a little spring remix/refresh, and I said YES in a heartbeat! Wait, I did??? But what about THIS, and what about THAT? HELLO. I adore Texas (and these clients)…and everyone KNOWS you DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS. So I hopped on a plane, and the fun began!
You may remember Mike & Christie, and their home, from past posts. If you’re new here, you can read about the first visit to style & decorate their home here, the next trip here, and another one here! 🙂 They scooped me up from the airport, and we jumped right into our to-do list. We did a little furniture shopping, stopped at Calloway’s Nursery for front porch flowers, and hit Homegoods!
Before we went into Homegoods, I was pretty sure we didn’t need much. Ya. Take a look at our cart. 😉 (below)
Just a few things to get the party started! Ha! We filled up the car quite nicely. 😉
When we arrived at Mike & Christie’s home, we went straight out to see the animals…and look at the glorious sunset that night! (below) Oh Texas, you really know how to put on a show.
The next day, we headed out early to hit Vintage Market Days of Denton/Fort Worth. It was an AMAZING show, with so many goodies! We had some great success finding a few unique pieces to incorporate into the spring/summer decor.
After the show, we drove home for a quick lunch, and then it was PORCH DECORATING TIME! Porches have my heart, which makes them so much fun to adorn for each season! It was a beautiful, sunny, WINDY day, and I was excited to dig in. Once I decided to use a church pew Christie had in another location, the rest of it came easily. We had found a neat old screen at the Vintage show, which was perfect to add height behind the pew…a great spot to hang our Homegoods sign! And of course, the beautiful flowers from Calloway’s…they brought the whole thing to life! Wanna see?
The pic below shows the front door area, where last year’s fun Vintage find (bookcase) was used to hold a few more pretty flowers. (Find this great outdoor rug here!)
This fun basket on the front door (below) holds cheery yellow flowers (faux) and makes a great first impression for friends & family.
With the porch complete, it was time to turn my attention to remixing a few areas inside.
The “keeping room” is a sunny little area that’s connected to the kitchen/dining room, and it has been a much-used spot. Adding a remixed pillow arrangement, a hard-to-kill plant ;), and a couple textural touches was an easy way to freshen things up. (below)
Maidenhair ferns brought life & a little springiness to the dining table. (below)
We found this cute rug at the Vintage show, and decided to use it as a mini table runner! (below)
Here’s the view going the opposite way…and even though Christie already had something cute on the chalkboard, she requested some simple hand lettering, so this was my humble attempt. 😉 (P.S. The barn door hides a super cute laundry room!)
The kitchen island was due for a some attention as well, and the pretty cutting board we found at Vintage Market Days (find a similar one here) holds a sweet little vignette. (below)
I just love this view! Every morning of my stay each time, it’s fun to sit in this bright kitchen, eat breakfast, and look out at the horses and chickens. Ahhhh! I’m getting homesick for this place already!
Let’s step into the living room, shall we? I adore this rusty metal screen-like piece above the mantel…perfect to call attention to the pretty peony artwork. It was the first thing we found at Vintage Market Days!
Can you spot Marley the dog, photo-bombing?? (below)
Here’s an angle I’m not sure I’ve shown before, looking toward the front door. 🙂 (below)
I love the way light floods this house, in every direction. What a treat to be here!
To the right of the front door is the music room, where the piano-top was restyled for fun.
A few months ago, I worked with these sweet clients on the renovation of their bathrooms via e-design. It was fun to see the change in REAL LIFE on my visit this time! Below is “my bathroom” when I come to stay:
See the cabinet above the toilet? Some simple useful items make a nice display.
The master bath got some updates as well…new tile flooring and a dainty chandelier above the tub. (below)
Before we knew it, our time together was over. But let me tell ya, we packed a LOT of fun into just a couple of days. This family has become very dear to me, and I feel so blessed to know them! Until next time, Texas! (How cute is Christie, at her front door?!)
We’ve all seen “Demo Day” on our favorite TV shows…it usually appears to be 1 action-packed day of smashing demolition, right? As you may expect, our demo process (a little over 3 weeks) went a little differently, and *SPOILER ALERT*, it was MUCH more exciting than I ever dreamed!
(Below) The official day (December 27, 2017) of “handing over the keys” to our renovation team from Fridley Custom Homes , Nolan & Jayme Fridley. Such an exciting moment! (Not pictured: my hubby, Ryan…he was at work. :))
(Below) Pre-demo meeting with the team from Fridley Custom Homes : Joe Fridley, Nolan Fridley, Michael Sanders, & Jayme Fridley.
We were all bundled up because, GUYS. It was SO COLD in the house that day!! But the low temps were definitely overshadowed by the excitement of the moment. Finally, work was beginning!
I can’t wait to show you some fun pics of the demo process. But. Before we dive in, I want you to know WHY. Why in the world we decided to demo the home to this degree.
Our “new to us” farmhouse was built in 1890, with new sections added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s. The original home had LAYERS upon LAYERS of wallpaper in every. single. room. There were walls that we wanted to move to create a better flow for our family, and random doorways that needed to be covered. We were concerned about the electrical, and who knows what else in a home of this age. Way back in September when we toured the place with Fridley Custom Homes, we knew we’d need to bust out the old lath & plaster walls and do new drywall. And so, on a cold & rainy December morning, we started the demo process!
(Below) Work began in the newer part of the house, while we waited for asbestos testing to be completed. The old green cabinets were removed from the kitchen, and we were on our WAY!
SURPRISE #1: Demo is incredibly EXCITING! As the old layers were cleared away, it was as if we were peeling an onion. Every day there were interesting discoveries, and with each visit to the site we learned something new about our home. Hints at how people used each space in the past, former families that left notes on the walls under wallpaper, and doorways & window openings where we never expected! Thankfully we found there to be no asbestos, and demo moved forward without a hitch.
(Below) Some notes found on the kitchen wall under layers of wallpaper.
(Below) The day an old brick chimney was uncovered in the upstairs hall…and we decided to keep it exposed!
(Below) Ryan & I are fascinated by the nails used in the original part of the house…so neat!
(Below) Shiplap is discovered and saved for future use!
One of my favorite discoveries during demo was a homework paper from 1945, found in a wall. I plan to frame it to display in my office!
Surprise #2: Demo takes time. I mean, of course! I don’t know what I was thinking, but as I mentioned earlier, I think we get spoiled by the instant gratification we see on our favorite TV shows. The WEIRD part is, I almost didn’t want the demo phase to end! It was absolutely the most THRILLING part of my day to stop by and see the progress each day. So dramatic, so intriguing. “Demo Day” is actually more like “Demo Month,” and guess what? That was just fine with me! People kept telling us they were excited to see the next step, and I found myself thinking, “NO! This is the FUN part!!” 😉 I know. I think I’m kinda sick in that way. 🙂
(Below) It was exciting to see the “newer” wing of the house undergo demo. We decided to completely reconfigure this area, and once we started seeing walls open up, it really confirmed our decision.
Surprise #3: Demo allows for fresh vision. Out with the old, in with the new. Even though we had an immediate vision for our home on day one, we questioned ourselves along the way. Would it turn out well? Would it be anything close to what we were hoping for? Would it completely blow the budget? What if we find something truly terrible along the way? What if there’s something scary in the walls/attic/basement? (Ok, that was just me.) I remember Nolan, our builder, saying something in the beginning: “I’ll feel a lot better once we have everything opened up and we know what we’re working with.” Well, Nolan is still smiling. So we are too.
Have there been things that have come up? Yes. Lead paint on the exterior, wiring that needs to be updated to a bigger extent than we originally thought, enormous bee hives in the walls of our son’s room, but overall, we’ve discovered a very well-built home. A home that has been cared for, well loved, and passed from one family to another. We feel honored to be the next in line to care for this place. And now that demo is complete, we’ll shine her up real nice.
So let’s get on to the fun part, some pics! I’ll show you the “before” and “after demo” view of a a few areas…ready?
(Below) Looking in from the front door, before.
(Below) During demo.
(Below) Front Windows, before.
(Below) After demo.
(Below) Looking from the kitchen, back to living room, before.
(Below) Same view, during demo. (The framed wall in front of us will be removed.)
(Below) The beautiful living room ceilings after demo…I’m in love!
(Below) Looking in from the back entrance to kitchen, before.
(Below) Same view, after demo. We vaulted this area up into some unused (creepy) attic space, and can’t believe the difference it made in the room! So much more open & spacious feeling!
(Below) View from old butler’s pantry into dining room, before.
(Below) Same view, after demo, and after vault is revealed!
(Below) My office, before.
(Below) Same view, during demo.
We decided to keep the fireplace in my office because….UMMM WE HAVE TO! It’s original to the house, and was once the heart of the home.
(Below) You may remember the original master suite area, before.
(Below) We decided to vault up into the attic space for a more spacious feeling!
(Below) From master bedroom, looking back toward laundry, etc., before.
(Below) Same view, during demo.
I realize the demo pics are shocking. Even to us! But don’t be mad. Now that we have a clean slate, we’ll begin the process of rebuilding this old girl into a home that will stand for MANY more years, and be loved & cared for by our family. We are saving everything we can…doors, trim, brick, stair railing, banisters…and we’ll reuse as much as possible. Our heart is not to strip the house of character. Actually, quite the opposite. We hope to blend the old with the new and create a home that’s US. We are so thrilled to have you along for the adventure, and the next phase is sure to be exciting.
So here’s my question, ARE YOU IN? Are you ready for the next phase? Let the #renovationontheprairie continue!
If you missed it, we bought a farm (read about it here!). Wait, WHAT?? We did???
This 1890 farmhouse and 6 acres of pasture land will soon be home sweet home, and we are still pinching ourselves. The home will be renovated top to bottom before we move in, and we are excited to share the adventure with YOU!
It just so happens to be DEMO DAY for our #renovationontheprairie (let’s hear it for Fridley Custom Homes, skillfully taking on this project!), but don’t worry. We took TONS of “before” pics of the house (which will be especially fun after the renovation is complete!) and we’d love to share it with you…NOW! Grab a coffee, bundle up (it’s COLD in here…the furnace is out), and come on in!
I love this view from the front door. See the little niche straight ahead, under the stairs? It’s gonna be so much fun to style & decorate that little spot, isn’t it? Don’t get attached to anything you see in these “before” pics. 😉 Change is COMING!
I’m absolutely IN LOVE with the staircase and newel post. Sadly, it won’t be staying as-is since it doesn’t meet code and is far too short to keep a child safe (especially in the upstairs hall!). HOWEVER, we will try to incorporate the original newel post by adding a block to the bottom to make it taller. We’ll see what kind of magic the finish carpenter can do…it’s so beautiful and original to the home.
The front door will be replaced, and it appears there was once a transom window above the front door…we hope to add it once again…give me all of the natural light! 🙂
Ok, before we go upstairs, let me show you the rest of the main level! The original home has 9.5′ ceilings which I adore. It really keeps things feeling open.
Above is the main living area. See that little dividing wall straight ahead? That will be removed, and a fireplace added in the middle. Just look at those windows! Once you step into the room, you’ll see the front bay window to the right (below).
Not a bad view, huh? And the PERFECT spot for next year’s Christmas tree!
I was so thankful we had a beautiful, sunny morning yesterday, when Jill came to photograph the house.
Ok, let’s go stand in the bay window area and look back into the living area…this is the view: (below)
Surprise! There’s a fireplace on the left! It will be removed as it is not functioning properly, and remember, the new fireplace will be on the right, where the little arched niche wall is currently. (I know. I can feel your judgement. You like the niche wall. Trust me, opening the space up will be dreamy!) See the wall straight ahead, past the fireplace? That wall will go bye-bye too, so you’ll be able to see straight into the kitchen! Below is a closer view of the wall that will come down to open up the kitchen area (where you see the doorway & chandelier).
And if we stand in the opening to the kitchen and look back to the living space, this is what we see: (below)
To the right of the fireplace is an opening to my office. However, since there are two doors to the office, this one will be removed and will become a great wall for a nice big piece of furniture.
While we’re here, let’s pop in and take a look at my office. This room gets AMAZING light! (the blue room)
There’s currently a fireplace (not functioning) to the left here, but it will be replaced with a closet. Don’t judge…Gotta keep those pillows & client files SOMEWHERE!
I took this cute little memo board out, and it will have a new home in the pantry someday…so fun!
See the green room & fancy pants chandelier? That’s the current dining room/kitchen area…let’s go!
***I don’t blame you if you need a snack break…this is a LONG post! Wheat thins? String cheese?***
Ok so Ryan got a little antsy this weekend, and removed a couple cabinets before we took pics…that’s ok. We were too excited! The door on the far left is the current back entrance, which will be kept as our main entrance for friends & family (I’m already dreaming of a dutch door here). I like a “back porch” sort of entrance. Casual, inviting, and perfect for farm life! See the green cabinets? That’s the current kitchen, but will become our pantry. The rest of this room will be a nice big farmhouse kitchen. The ceilings here are much lower, so we’re hoping to vault them into the attic space (this part of the house is only one level).
See the (open)green door on the left (above)? That leads to the current pantry, which will be opened up and will become part of the kitchen.
For reference, in the above pic, the current pantry door is right behind me. I’ll show you what it looks like in there below:
I’m showing you the above pic again so you can see where we’re headed next…see the hallway entrance just below the chandelier? Straight through there, you’ll see this bathroom currently:
This festive red bathroom will actually become a hallway to the laundry room/mud room. The wallpaper in this room is actually my favorite in the house.
If we turn left instead of going into this bathroom, there’s a fun little ANTIQUE in the hall…wanna see?
A WALL PHONE???? Oh the memories! Remember when you stretched the cord all the way into the pantry so you could talk to your friends in private? And your little sisters would listen at the door anyway? Or better yet, they would quietly pick up another phone in the house and listen? 😉 Anyway, this hall leads to the current bonus room, powder room, laundry room, and master bedroom, in the “newer” part of the house…added in the 1960’s and early 2000’s.
Below is the bonus room, and beyond that the current master, which will become the master suite, including a master bath and closet. This part of the house will be completely reconfigured to be more useful and allow for a better flow.
From the current bonus room, you walk directly in the master bedroom, below. The ceilings in here are fairly low, so we plan to vault them.
Looking back toward the bonus, here’s what it looks like:
See the floral wallpaper in the little doorway in the the middle of the above pic? That’s the laundry room…I’ll show you. 🙂
This room will change a LOT, as we’ll have a door to the outside, and a hallway to the kitchen where the washer currently sits.
See the blue bathroom above? That will be our powder room, but will be accessed from the other side instead (hallway). Here’s a closer look as-is:
Let’s head back down the main hall and into the “original” part of the house…I want to take you upstairs! (The hallway is slated to become a WHOLE LOT cuter!)
Ready? Come on up! Oh, BUT FIRST. Can we discuss the little niche window on the stairs???? I’m envisioning a cushion and a cozy little spot for reading, or watching the happenings on the farm! (insert heart eyes HERE!) Such a unique feature. (below)
From this spot we’ll walk to where you can see that little splash of blue carpet, our son’s room. (below)
Lots of windows and cookie monster carpet. 😉
See the small door? That’s a walk in closet (below).
Next is the upstairs bath, which will be reconfigured a bit. The vanity will be moved to the wall on the left, so mirrors can be added above…and of course a fresh new look. 😉
This bright room doesn’t have a closet, so the wall straight ahead (above) will be removed to make one larger room and walk-in closet for our daughter. (See the other room below.)
This room has 4 layers of wallpaper, each more interesting that the next as you go back in time. This house is full of history, and the discoveries we make each day are so much fun!
All of the original doors have this plate on them. So interesting!
If you’re still here, I admire your stamina. Phew! That was a long tour. 😉 I couldn’t help it. I wanted you to see as many angles as possible.
Can I just tell you? It means so much to have you along for this adventure. We have been anxiously awaiting the time when we could share this with you…and lookie there. We’ve arrived. Renovation officially began today, and the transformation has begun. We can’t wait to fill this home with love, laughter, memories, and warmth. And having you here means the world!
We’d love to know…what do you think? Is it anything like you expected in its “before” state? Smaller, bigger, more colorful, more wallpaper, or a more crazy undertaking than you thought?