hello. Welcome to our nook near the shores of Lake Lovely aka Lake Michigan. We have purchased a 100+ year old farmhouse on 5 acres. Feel free to follow us as we enter into the unknown world of renovations. Here we go!
Look at what we found underneath the blue shag carpet! Wood stairs painted white with years of tread. A dream I say! I love, love, love them! These babies will be staying exactly as they are. Right, honey?
I tackled the Front Porch. And I did it with gumption! And an Exacto. You'll see in the pics that there was a layer of carpet with linoleum underneath. (I loved the linoleum. I really did. It was retro and fabulous. But is was deteriorating.... so it had to go.) What we found under it all was stinky wet plywood. Is it cat pee ? Or is something leaking? Papa B and Papa J were on hand again yanking nails out of the floor and sheets of panelling. Thanks Papas!
Dave worked on removing the plaster walls up the staircase. At one point, there was a CRASH! and THEN! an AVALANCHE! of plaster and mouse poop came billowing down into the kitchen. It was dusty! It was dirty! It was action at its best!
Yesterday I realized that the acronym for Labor of Love is LOL. Irony?
What an amazing Christmas we had with our family. Scooted back to Detroit for a few days. Loved up the family. Laughed. Ate tons of food. Received some very nice presents along with gift cards to Home Depot. Our families have come to visit and have seen the new house. They most certainly know what we are up against. So thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Now... it is back to business. Yesterday, Dave, along with Papa J and Papa B, took paneling off of the walls in the living room and downstairs bedroom. Low and behold, there was a sea of turquoise! It was bright! It was beautiful! And.... it was painted on top of wallpaper.... Oh well. The real happy factor came when Dave uncovered a door frame opening from the living room into the bedroom. In the EXACT PLACE that we wanted to make one. Hot diggity dog!
Today, me and Dave have a date at the house to continue our discovery. Tomorrow, we have a friend, who is also a builder (Tony!) coming from Grand Rapids to take a peek. He's bringing his electrician friend. (Perhaps Tony's lovely wife Karen will come too!) Looking forward to getting their input!
Here is the living room with paneling and without.
This door was uncovered in the living room and leads to the enclosed front porch. The porch will hopefully be turned into a dining room as an extension of the kitchen. Though a load bearing wall dividing the porch and kitchen must come down in order to do so. More on that later....
Here is the door frame that we (as in Dave) found!!! Yeehaw!!!
Miss Bird has brilliantly created a floor plan / color palette for every room in the house. In this case, she suggests that the wood paneling (with black groove things) be painted bright green (with red groove things.) I love how this girl thinks!
While not nearly as creative or as cute as Miss Bird, floorplanner.com is a FAN-TAS-TIC site that allows you to create a floor plan for each room based on your exact measurements. It provides 2D and 3D views of your layouts and gives you a great sense of what it will look like when it all comes together. It offers a crazy amount of options for floor selection and counter tops, window types and garden plants, right down to a cowhide rug and even an egg in a frying pan placed on top of the stove. But be careful. This site is addictive. :) Happy Monday!
During this mornings wall tear downs on the 2nd floor, Dave (hubby) discovered Mr & Mrs Bat and their son, Flip. Apparently, they found comfort in our walls. However, their stay has come to an end. They will now continue to our friend's real Bat House. I am sure it will be just as pleasing.
Just a peek at a few of our recent discoveries. Truth be told, I am somewhat partial to the groovy kitchen utensil wallpaper. But what on earth is that mound of tape covering up? Labor of Love...Labor of Love...Labor of Love...say it with me.
We are a family of 3. (Actually 17,counting 7 barn cats, 4 chickens, 2 ducks and a dog named, Bubba. We moved from metro Detroit to southwest Michigan in 2011. We fell in love with the area. In December 2013, we closed on a house. A home.