April 1, 2009

Wordless/Wordful Wednesday - Home Sweet Home

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Together!

You know the drill...since I'm rarely wordless, I like to combine Wordless Wednesday with Wordful Wednesday - that way I can cover both bases with one easy post! ;)

Nikki Crumpet over at the Blah, Blah, Blah Blog invited her readers to do a show-and-tell of our houses - she was thorough with her post, because she showed the first house she built at the tender age of 19 and the ones that followed, including her future retirement dream home. And yes, you read that right - 19!! When I was 19, I moved into my first apartment, and moved many times thereafter - but didn't get pictures of any of those places.

So the only one I really have to show (and of course is the most important one at this point, until our next house) is the 1817 farmhouse my hubby and I bought...this year we will have been living here for 6 years - the longest time I've lived in one place aside from the house I grew up in. I had a tendency to move every 1-2 years because I always needed more space... ;) This first picture is how the outside of the house looked when we first bought it:

Before:
We jokingly referred to it as the 'Psycho House' because it was painted a bluish-gray with black shutters and trim. A couple of years ago we hired painters (because hubby is afraid of heights, and since the house technically 3 stories with the first and second floors sporting 10-12 foot ceilings and the finished attic 6-7 foot ceiling, it is a very tall house). It was a huge project, the painters started May 30th and finally completed the painting on August 31st...it took them the entire summer...

But they did an excellent job, and considering the house sports it's original wood siding, they were very careful when they sanded the old paint off and repainted it - all by hand. They also removed the ugly storm windows and re-glazed every window (22 of them) in the house. Just to give you some perspective, every window (except the attic windows) are each 7 feet tall and over 3 feet wide...those are some huge windows! Here's how the house looked after the painters were done:
Much better, don't you think? Nikki also mentioned something about wanting to peek in the windows...about four years ago I threw some web pages together to share with family and friends when we did our remodel project on the inside. Rather than making this an excruciatingly long post by plastering all those pictures and information on this particular post, if you would like to see what we did, you can go here.

I'll have to update the pictures at some point, as you'll notice that the previous owners had painted the original wood floors in the living room white, and had annoying linoleum over particle board that was obsessively nailed to the kitchen floor. I spent a full day with a crow bar and hammer hacking up the kitchen floor to get to the awesomeness of the original floors, then rented a floor sander and sanded the entire first floor, finishing all the floors with linseed oil.

They turned out absolutely beautiful, and made a huge difference. I had taken pictures of the entire house before we moved in, including the barn and Summer House, but those pictures were lost with multitudes of others when my hard drive crashed several years ago. Once the yard starts looking all nice and spring-y and I get my Spring Cleaning done inside the house, I'll take and post new pictures so you'll see the 'after-after' pictures, too. ;)


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37 Random Sassy Comments:

Sara Bonds said...

What a lovely home first of all. Secondly, the paint job is even more lovely. Much fresher and brighter. I love it.

Our old home in Galveston, Texas' downtown historical district looked almost just like yours BTW. Except our home was light yellow with white shutters. Miss it now :o(

Happy WW! My WW is @ http://ordinaryandawesome.blogspot.com/2009/03/wordless-wednesday-i-faces.html

Nessa said...

Your house is beautiful! I love the after look, so fresh and crisp!

Our house is a huge work in progress. We moved into it in June after it had sat vacant for about 8 years. It's been challenging!

I am Harriet said...

Hi Stacy.
Looks like a fun project.

Hey- I'm a fan of your site...duh...
the next time that you stop by my site be sure to snag a fan award to display on your nifty sidebar.

:)

Tricia said...

Beautiful house, and you are obviously taking such good care of it. I grew up in a house that had gold and orange shag carpet obsessively tacked over beautiful hardwood floors. Never did understand that. It's amazing how bad you can treat a solid hardwood floor and it just keeps coming back prettier than before.

Tabbikat's Thoughts

Erin @ Furry Murray said...

Man I'm a sucker for old houses - I love your house! :) And the paint job looks fantastic.

Amy said...

Love the colors...

Rachel said...

It's gorgeous! I LOVE looking at people's houses, especially OLD ones! Nice work!

Dee said...

It looks great!

Betty said...

What a great house. I love the new color.

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

Love it Stacy!! Looks awesome. I love the re-do!!

Debbie said...

You did a great job. That house looks wonderful!

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Either way your house is beautiful. But it's always nice to get a fresh new look. Beautiful.

Firefly@www.firefly-shop.org said...

So pretty love it :)

CTgirlinKS said...

Love the house! Outside and inside. What were people thinking when they painted over the hardwood or lowered ceiling?
Thanks for sharing your hardwork and obvious love for your home.

blueviolet said...

It's absolutely charming and lovely now! It has a very welcoming and warm feeling to it. So, when I show up at your front door...

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

The house looks great.

Shelley K. said...

Oh, I just love "before and after pics". Thanks for sharing your BEAUTIFUL home with us. It is just gorgeous and LOOKS so homey and inviting--just like something that you would have.

Angie Marion said...

I LOVE this house! I love older homes!!! I wish I could share the pic of the one I grew up in but I'm 600 miles away from it. :-(

Manic Mommy said...

Your house looks like the 4th of July parade, circa 1900, will be passing by at any moment. Just lovely!

Happy WW!

4 Lettre Words said...

Oh, goodness. I love it! Wow!!

pam said...

Perfectly beautiful. It looks like it should be in a calender.

Lizzie said...

wow, that looks amazing! i am often wowed by the power of paint :)

thanks for sharing! your home is so adorable

Brenda said...

Wow! They did a great job fixing that house up! I like seeing the before and after.

Kelly said...

that's it. i'm jealous. i just adore your house!!!

Steph at Problem Solvin' Mom said...

It looks wonderful, way to go! :)

CDB said...

Oh my gosh, this is extraordinary.. this was just paint ?! You should submit this to Home&Garden or House Beautiful, seriously! What a remarkable difference (and took great insight on your part.) Six years is a long time to be in one place, in my definition!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

What a beautiful house. What a difference the paint makes!

Happy WW!

Kristen Andrews said...

what a lovely house it looks so homey!

raquel roysdon said...

Gorgeous Home sweet Home!

Bee and Rose said...

I LOVE your house! I miss houses that look like that! We have lots of stucco here in the southwest!

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Oh wow, the house is AMAZING!!!!!!! Don't think I'm crazy for asking, but do you have any ghosts?

Going to look at the interior pictures!

Justine :o )

Jenn said...

Stacy your house is INCREDIBLE!! (I can't even tell that the floors are tilted LOL)

It is amazing what putting a little love into a house can do for it... restoring it to a little of its previous beauty :)

I'm also QUITE impressed with your drive!! I'm not sure I would be able to follow through on all of that manual labor :)

Happy WW ... just a day late!

carma said...

Simply Charming. I would never move!
carma

LiLu said...

Ohhhh... your home is BEAUTIFUL! I love the green trim... GORJ!

Casey said...

The after pictures don't even look like the same house, it's beautiful!

JAN'S PLACE said...

I love you cool older home.. I love a house that has a story, yours is wonderful, lucky you!!!

Jan

Tell Me Thursday said...

Awesome photos and great story! You might like our meme at Tell Me Thursday - you can make your WW really wordless and STILL tell the story! Please join us!