you for her Home Tour series. Thank you, Debbie!
I was born and raised in Illinois, moved to New Mexico and lived there for over 20 years, then moved to Missouri with my family, where we lived for 7 years before moving back to Illinois last year. I didn’t plan to go full circle…but here I am.
We live in the country, between fields of corn and soybeans and wooded land, on 6 acres with our 2 horses, 4 dogs, and 1 cat. We aren’t farmers and only occasionally garden, but I was raised in the country and Lord willing, there I’ll die. This is the view from our front yard.
In the year we’ve lived in our home, we’ve remodeled one bathroom, the kitchen, the living room and are in the middle of remodeling another smaller bathroom and the laundry room. We still have 3 bedrooms that drastically need work, and I’m hopeful we can finish those in the next year.
We aren’t fancy people, and our home reflects that. I love turning “junk” into useful items for our home and our remodeling has all been done on a dime store budget.
The heart of a home is the kitchen,
so we’ll start there.
We I wanted a vintage farmhouse kitchen, so nearly everything we used in the remodel is something that is old and time-worn, from the old double-drainboard sink, to the milk can hanging light, to the kitchen table fashioned from our old cellar door. We tore out 4 layers of linoleum and wood to discover a lovely, old wood floor underneath it all. A lot of elbow grease later and it’s a beauty.
I repainted a bunch of mismatched chairs to go around our kitchen table. There’s one for each “size” member of our family.
This antique stove belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
I enjoy creating little theme vignettes, like this one, throughout our home.
We tore out the wall between the kitchen and living room to enlarge the kitchen and replaced it with a new wall that includes this huge window that came from a demolished Missouri courthouse. It allows more natural light to pass between the two rooms.
(you can see part of kitchen in the background before we finished remodeling in this photo). I A.D.O.R.E. this new wall. I love the view between the two rooms and the little illuminated cabinet my husband built next to the window.
It’s the perfect spot for creating a little display with my favorite apothecary bottles.
Since we don’t have a fireplace and I wanted a mantel in my living room, I bought a gorgeous old piano to use instead and removed the front piece so that the lovely brass soundboard inside is open to display.
The original bathroom was so disgusting, the idea of using an outhouse seemed appealing. Here’s how it looked when we moved in.
And here’s the “girly” new look it has today.
I used antique sheet music on a portion of this wall.
The turquoise wood on the walls came from the same demolished courthouse as the window between our kitchen and living room.
I bright white subway tile keeps the room from looking overwhelmed by all the aqua-colored wood.
I really love this new, but vintage style sink my husband installed onto an antique cabinet and the spigot we now have for a faucet.
We have 2 rooms that are a work in progress - the “guy” bathroom and the laundry room. They are coming along nicely and I’m hoping both of them will be complete in the next month.
Thank you all so much for coming to visit our home. I hope you’ll drop in and visit me at Knick of Time and feel welcom to link up at my vintage-style link party, Knick of Time Tuesday.
Thank again for having me, Debbie - it’s been an pleasure!