8.18.2011

In the studio...

renovationCarefully consider this photo, lest you think houndstooth carpeting is a good idea in your home. I actually thought this carpeting was kind of fun...the smell of said carpeting? Not so much fun. Also not fun...the maps on the wall hiding a gaping hole and mirrored tiles (with classy gold veins) glued to every corner.

renovationAfter we pulled the stinky carpet up, we were left with rough, paint-covered floors ...

renovationWe considered refinishing the upstairs floors, but they were in really bad shape and, since we're planning a complete remodel of the 2nd floor within the next few years, refinishing wouldn't have been worth the time or expense (refinishing the floors downstairs cost $500 vs. $75 to paint the entire second floor, both DIY). We decided to paint them white, which immediately looked dingy and terrible. Our final choice was a deep gray, which looks OK for now. Here's a photo from the same angle as above...

renovationThis room is going to be my studio, so the task for today is to finish painting the trim, remove the blue tape, and unpack 2 bajillion boxes that look like this...

studioI'll share photos once that Herculean task is complete.

16 comments:

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I love watching this amazing old house transform Abbey. Cant wait to see what you do next!

Lisa said...

wow the floor came out great! cant wait to see it all set up.

moparbrownstoner said...

Adoring your blog. Your house appears to be in very similar shape to ours when we closed two years ago. You make everything sound so easy, ha.

Kacee said...

I just found your blog. I am going to love follow your farm house journey. Looks like my and my husbands dream! We operate a beef farm and rent our farm house and all the land we farm. Before we rented the house we are in now (not quite as old but it was built in 1910), no one had lived there since the 70s. It was very interesting fixing everything up, luckily he comes from a family of contractors and is very good with stuff like that. Does your house have any closets? Our has one right in the middle of the house on the 2nd floor and it's covered in newspaper which has articles about Hitler.
We have thought about buying a farm in upstate New York (we are from central PA- land and farms are sooo expensive here) they are about half the price in NY. Do you have any land with your farm?

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thanks, everybody! :) It's definitely not easy, but we're having a lot of fun doing everything (well, almost everything).

Kacee- Your house sounds fascinating! Ours is right on the NY/PA border (my husband teaches at Mansfield University). We own 5.5 acres and our house is surrounded by farmland that's primarily worked by two farmers. Our closest neighbor is a 500 head dairy farm. As far as closets go, we are lucky to have closets in every bedroom. I'm not sure when that was done- based on the wallpaper, it looks like the 1930's or 40's. The farms are cheap where we live, but NY taxes...not so much. That said, we live in a fantastic school district and really love living here. So glad you found my little blog! :)

-Abbey

skirtastop said...

i love all of your sneak peeks as you work on the house. thanks for showing us the "in process." looking great so far, and still with so much potential!

curlygirlpress said...

I think I would have cleaned but otherwise left the floors alone, so I wouldn't feel so bad when I left my own paint splotches, dings, glue drips, etc. But I like the grey. Best of luck with your boxes...I'm still sorting through from a move almost 3 years ago. Boy that's pathetic!

Anna said...

That floor looks amazing!! I'll never understand why people put carpeting over beautiful wood floors.

middleclasswhitegirl.com said...

Those look like really fun boxes to unpack. It's like there's a little party on the inside! I've been reading your bog for a while now and I love a good renovation, so I'll be looking in regularly! Also, I must say I'm amazed at the speed you guys are working in! I've just moved to a 30's house (in a sweet little city in Holland) and we haven't even finished one room!

Christen said...

Eeek! Your studio! How exciting that will be to have all done. Can't wait for the reveal. Loving all your house posts. You're quite inspiring to take on such a dream with two smalls at home. Love!!

sécia said...

I do not envy you but it's going to be so satisfying when you're done with that room!

♥ sécia
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A Beautiful Party said...

i am absolutely smitten by your home! it's coming along so nicely!

ladaisi said...

Sigh ... I can only dream of having an entire room to myself for painting! You did excellent work - much more peaceful environment!

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Wow, you're making so much progress! I like the gray floors a lot. I always like glossy white floors in theory, but I can never imagine anyone actually living in a place like that and being able to keep them clean!

April Robinson said...

I love the look of your floors. We had to strip and sand our floors when we moved in and I can feel your pain. The goo on our floors was so thick it was holding the floors together in some places where some hungry bugs had chowed down. Luckily we were able to get some replacement flooring at a reasonable price but it was all a lot of work. We are pretty proud of those floors now though and there's no way I'd trade them for a houndstooth carpet.

OctoNoctua said...

We are planning on tearing up all the carpet in the house as soon as it gets warm, but from the two rooms we have already done, we already know the wood varies greatly room to room. Yours look beautiful painted though, I never would have thought of that! And ditto on the 2 bajillion boxes that look just like that. Why do crafts have to require so much STUFF?

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