Week 20 Update

So when I logged in to WordPress today to write this weekly update, it wished me a happy anniversary. It’s been a year since I signed up with WordPress, which means it’s been a year since I started this blog. Of course, we haven’t been working on the house for a year (if so, then the title of this blog post would make no sense whatsoever). And while the blog started before the work on the house did, what you don’t see reflected in any of those early posts is the full year we spent talking and hoping and planning for what “could be” with this property and this project before I ever got brave enough to start the blog. Because it was a year in before I actually thought maybe just maybe it would really all work out. When it all started, we didn’t have a clue what to expect. We figured it was a long shot that we would hear back from Lettie about the property. Then we figured it was a long shot that she would consider selling it. Then we figured it was a long shot that we would be able to afford it, decide what to do with it, and on and on and on. Yet, here we are — working away at building this dream of ours. And you guys, it’s so fun. And hard. And exhausting. And frustrating. And exciting. And *insert one million more descriptors here.* And even when it feels insurmountable or never-ending or impossible, the thing I remind myself of is how lucky we are. This is going to be our dream home. It’s out in the country with tons of trees and land and space. It’s what we wanted and for every frustrating moment, there are so many ones that are exciting and unbelievable. I can’t wait until we live down this long lane of ours.

ANYWAY. Enough of that sappy stuff. Let’s move on to the exciting things that have been happening out at the farmhouse this past week!

Aaron and I kept working up in the attic on the furnace. We have made some good progress and aren’t too terribly far off from it being ready to fire up. If only we would spend our time working instead of taking selfies…

Working up in the attic

The siding is coming right along as well. I am so in love with the blue it’s insane. I mean, when all is said and done, it’s going to be a big. blue. house. But — it’s our big blue house and I love it so much.

Hello gorgeous

blue + white = heaven


A view of the back porch area


Is it strange to think soffit is pretty?

I have yet to get a picture that actually captures the hue of blue

 After the drywallers finished up middle of last week, Paintman Extraordinaire Brad came in and worked his magic. He managed to get just about the entire house painted in a matter of a couple days. He’s finishing up today, which means there is paint on all the walls. It’s like a real house. Now, I haven’t taken many pictures because our colors are rather neutral and it’s kind of hard to see anything but a dirty, empty room in photos. But I tried and have included a couple below. And truth time: after months of the house being in various states of demolition and early stages of getting put back together, it’s really kind of hard to get used to having real life walls that we have to be careful around. Like, these are the real deal walls. Final. Time to be careful!

Ballet White downstairs

Our master bedroom is the prettiest shade of gray!

Aaron and I got started on some tile fun this weekend. We are going to have tile in the entry way, all 3 bathrooms, and the laundry room. We started laying the waterproof membrane on the floor of all three rooms upstairs, so that’s a good start! We have purchased a good chunk of the tile, so pretty soon we’ll start seeing some tile on top of that orange stuff.

Thinset down, then Schluter Ditra

Master Bathroom


Upstairs hall bath

Upstairs laundry room

And last but not least, last night we got the old maple floors pulled up out of the former kitchen/current dining room. These are the only floors in the house we aren’t saving, so we got them pulled up and got the sub floor cleaned up and ready for the new hardwood floor that will be installed in that room, to better match the rest of the house.

Prying up floor is so fun

Voila! Hello, Subfloor.

 So, there you go. Aaron and I also got all the Ram Board pulled up from upstairs, and we (along with Mark & Mary Kay) got the upstairs floors all cleaned up and ready for refinishing. Eek! Things just keep on a’happening.


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