Monday, April 14, 2014

How Far We Have Come - Before & After

Sometimes I forget how far we have come with the renovations of this house.  Most days I am making a mental to do list that is a mile long.  I walk out side to see buildings that need to be repainted, gardens need to be planted, yard to be fertilized, fencing needs to be put up, etc. etc.  It may be 7 years later but, all of our weekends are now filled with soccer & baseball.  The projects have come to a screeching halt. 

I needed to stop for a minute this Monday morning and appreciate just how much has been done.  In 2007 when we purchased this 1820 farm house it was in very poor shape.  We did 75% of the work ourselves with the help of my Dad.  We worked on it for almost 5 months before we even moved in.  So today I see the cup as half full...not half empty.  Spring is here!  Look how far we have come! 

Spring 2013

Spring 2007
Summer 2007

Monday, July 16, 2012 

Family Room  - Before & After

I realized I have done a number of "to be continued" posts.  I think that is because I want the final post to be perfect.  But as we all know nothing is ever perfect (only in the magazines).  So I thought I would tackle a "final" post today.  Although not perfect - still touch ups and more decorating to be done, but it is almost there.

This is the family room.  As you may remember it started a few days after Christmas.  Originally 2 rooms.  They both measured only 9 x 10 with a closet in the middle.  My husband removed the wall, patched the floor, painted and painted.  My dad was kind enough to build the bookshelves.  We only needed to outsource the plastering.  We used the man that plastered and patched the rest of our house.  He somehow understands me when I say can you make the plaster look old.  Tradesman like that are so hard to find these days. 

These were some of the before - during

And these are the after (well almost after)