6.14.2012

Preparing to shine...


By the end of the day today, the first stages of our potting shed renovation will be complete. PRH has the week off and we're determined to finish this little building. Thank you all for your encouragement after I wrote this post. Even this anonymous comment: "Wow! Is it even worth saving? I'd just burn it and start over." helped motivate us. Owning and renovating an 1800s era property requires a certain amount of determination, luck, and love. It can be frustrating and it's not for everyone. I understand that. Yesterday, I really let that comment get to me (satisfied, anonymous?), but then I went outside, took a good look at that big old wreck, turned on Black Rebel Motorcycle Club really loud, and picked up a hammer. I can't just believe something's going to be great...I have to get off my ass and make it great. I know, with every ounce of my being, that this place is going to shine.    

18 comments:

Anna said...

Your barn is going to rock! I'm still blown away by the transformations you made in your dining room, bathroom, hall and especially kitchen. Having done renovations, I know how much work that takes. Those were serious projects--the kind most people don't do because they wouldn't know how to even if they wanted to. And the barn will take a ton more work and time than any of the ones you've done so far. But honestly, that ability to know (or figure out) how to tackle it yourselves is the biggest hurdle--everything after that is just serious elbow grease, loud music, and cold beer. You've got this in the bag!

jodi said...

Yes! I can not wait to see the end result. I'm glad you didn't burn it down :)

Karen said...

Yay! of course you will make it awesome. anonymous coward be damned!

Anonymous said...

never, never, never burn down barns. if i were in charge all barns would be saved. I always saw a red barn in my future. for me so sentimental.... growing up in ohio. karen

Maxabella said...

It's going to be wonderful. Some people have no appreciation for patina and character - fortunately you absolutely do! x

adogafarmacanvasaquilt said...

I'm a new reader so this is my first comment, but I love this post. Fortune favors the brave, and I would certainly say you and your family fit the bill. I cannot wait to see how wonderful the shed turns out!

JunqueMagnet said...

You go girl! Get it done. There is beauty there and you will shine it up. Elevate the ordinary - this is my new catch phrase!

Kristine Fox said...

You just made me tear up. I can't tell you enough how much your own determination helps me stay motivated in my own life.

Keep at it! It's completely worth it.

Sarah @ circle and sprout said...

good attitude and good luck! can't wait to see how it turns out!

shanna said...

I, for one, expect nothing less. You're made of shine.

Elaine said...

I get so depressed seeing all the (once) beautiful barns falling down around here in this part of NY. I don't think people understand what they're losing.

Laurie said...

I get so tired of the tear it down to build new mentality. Newer isn't always better. I say save the old barns and old buildings, even if it is more work. I love what you are doing...keep truckin'!!

Kristin said...

Rock on, Abbey! Turn your (barn) haters into (barn) motivators! :)

kristin said...

WOOHOO! Can't wait to see! Get after it! :)

leFiligree said...

is that a unicorn horn poking out of the shed? that's symbolic! you cant be burning down symbolism! ;) with a new roof, you'll be loving your barn again.

beth lehman said...

it is such hard work! but it will be fabulous!

Angeline said...

My husband took on a similar project in our little homestead We happen to be next to a housing development where the homeowners drive by our *somewhat humble* abode every day. When I am feeling good the amount of diy we STILL have to do, I think: "Why should we spend our lives paying for things We can do - Even if they don't happen on everyone else's schedule?" And: "Stick to the vision! Focus! Focus!"
Thanks so much for sharing - It's going to be great, Abby!

Elise said...

It is hard to not let others comments hurt us sometimes. I get it. Totally. I love that you are moving forward with making your old farmhouse your dream house. every.step. of the way. Making the old new and cared for is the utter achievement. Period.

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