I grew up in a big two story farmhouse with lots of cool woodwork, beautiful windows and nooks and crannies galore.The house holds so many memories, i.e. elaborate theater productions in the basement (remember go-go boots?) complete with a clothesline curtain and emcee; James Taylor-esque sing-a-longs around the family piano; more snow than an eight-year-old should ever have to scoop out of a feedbunk; killer ping-pong tournaments; and reading long into the night, KOMA softly playing on my transistor radio. It was the best place to come of age and I am so grateful for the family God gave me — loving parents and a gaggle of sisters (there are five of us) who are fun to this day.
Recently #4 sister, Joan, and her family moved into the family farm house. They decided to make some updates to the place and honestly, it has been transformed by lots of long hours, lots of good friends, and a vision for where they could go with the space.
Gary and I went for a quick visit last week to help with some tile work and holy Toledo, it is looking SNAZZY. I wanted to share a few before and after photos, I wish I had more.
The kitchen was expanded from one room to a big open living space by knocking out two walls and adding a center island. Here it is in progress.
Everything got a new coat of paint including the laundry room.
Here is the same kitchen wall with new subway tile. I wish I would have gotten a photo from the same angle showing the kitchen island, it is the heart of the new space and really looks cool. She re-purposed the existing cupboards by adding beadboard and trim to the front. Then she painted them antique white, brought out the lines a bit with a darker color, and added new hardware.
Take a look at the curtain in the next photo. It is a tablecloth! Joan said she found it at a thrift store, added a few straight pins and there you go. Can you say darling?
I also love these curtains over the kitchen windows that open to the back porch.
The picture wall is one of the first things you see when you come into the house, I love the warm brown color she chose and the artsy-ness of the letters.
One of Joan’s friends gave her this pie cupboard and she found the perfect spot for it along the patio door in the big room. Her collection of bowls is my favorite thing, especially the yellow one which she bought at a garage sale with my mom umpteen years ago. Mom had one just like it. They were bowl twins. Makes me smile.
The corner chimney wall makes the perfect spot for a mini-photo collection. Oh so fun.
The house is still a work in progress. I have no doubt more beauty will emerge. It makes my heart sing to know that something so well-worn and well-loved could be rejuvenated in a such a way that it will continue to give shelter and comfort and memories for many years to come.
Thank you Mike and Joan.