The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 1

For practically as long as I can remember, whenever we would drive past an old farmhouse, we would comment on how nice it would be to fix one up!  Last year, our dream came true and we started tackling a farmhouse remodel project.  This post has been a year in the making!  We talked about sharing pictures a long time ago but I’m finally getting to it now.

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

It was quite a chore – trying to sort through the hundreds of pictures and whittle them down to the few best ones.  Many of the pictures I chose wouldn’t be considered incredible but they tell the story, so that’s why I used them.  Even after all the paring down, I still ended up with too many pictures for one post so I plan to split this into at least two.  Enjoy!


The above picture shows the front view of the house … this is the side where you drive in.  We love having so much yard area!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Kitchen

This was the original kitchen …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

One of the first things we planned for was to replace the one small window with two large ones. We already had the windows so it was a blessing that we didn’t have to buy them.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finished!  Sort of.  We actually still have to finish the exterior trim (ssshhhh, don’t tell anyone!)The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The floor under the sink was rotten.  That’s what happens when the drain pipe comes disconnected – meaning that the sink AND the washing machine were draining right here under the house.  My father always says it’s a mathematical equation: wood+water=rot!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

How do you like those tree trunk floor joists? 🙂The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Hard workers!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

When we took out one of the kitchen walls, we lost a lot of our cabinet space.  So we decided to move those cabinets over the sink here.  The plan is to thoroughly remodel the kitchen as soon as we get the chance but this works for now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

See where the wall used to be?  It divided the kitchen from the dining room so we took it out.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Whenever we do the final remodel, we plan to put an island in the kitchen too!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The Main Room

This was the dining room.  Cheery looking room, ay? :p  The wall on the left divided it from the kitchen.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this was a living room – the wall on the left divided it from the dining room.  (The door on the right goes into the parents’ bedroom and the door straight ahead goes into the laundry room/pantry/garage area.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We like wide open spaces, so we decided to take out all three walls, and make this one big room.  Thankfully, these were not load-bearing walls so we didn’t have to worry about the structural support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The boys and our friend Clinton had fun busting down the walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Walls are out … time to paint!  But first …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Do you see this window here on the right?  Well it looked out into the laundry room … and it wasn’t exactly a spectacular view!  Some of us really wanted to take the window out but we were short on finances and time, and so my parents decided that the window would stay.  Mama suggested that the china cabinet go in front of it, or mentioned even painting the window!  But when I compared the dimensions of the china cabinet to the window area, I discovered that there would several inches of window/trim showing on the sides and above the cabinet.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Finally, after being pretty outspoken about the need to remove the window and sheetrock the wall, I told my father “I will forever regret not getting rid of the window!”  Ruthie heard me and started to explain how it wasn’t a big deal because the china cabinet would cover it.  I grabbed the tape measure and showed her just how far the china cabinet would and would not cover.  She looked a little horrified and said “Oh!  We need to get rid of the window!”  The other children started agreeing so someone wrote up a “petition for window removal” on a scrap paper and signed the whole family’s names to it – including the ones who weren’t around!

Mama and Tommy had gone to pick up the hardwood flooring and Abba said he was fine with taking it out, as the materials really wouldn’t be too expensive, but he knew Tommy wouldn’t want more sheetrock to finish out.  So that evening, after getting the okay from Mama, Abba told Tommy that us girls had busted out the window so that it had to be removed! :p  We didn’t really, but the petition worked and wow – that wall looks so much better now than if it still had a window in it!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And this is what happens when you fall asleep while someone is mudding sheetrock!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

We found a couple cans of “palomino gold” paint on discount at Ace … added about 3 or 4 gallons of white to lighten it up … and we have nice, peachy walls!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The guys did put in a false beam here where the wall had been.  It’s not for support but because the ceiling was too uneven to finish out.
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This is a more recent picture but it gives you an idea of what the beam looks like!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

There was only one section in the farmhouse that needed support, so they manufactured this beam …The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And put it here!  This is where the dining room/living room adjoin with what we call the stove room (pictures of that in the next post).  It used to just be a couple doorways but since we wanted it open, they had to put in the beam for support.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

This picture was taken before it was trimmed out so it isn’t completely finished here, but it’s what I have!
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Laying hardwood flooring!  Everyone helped with this project and it took several days to complete!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

Sometimes you just have to take a break while you’re waiting on another piece!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

I wonder if there are any OCD floorers!  It sure can drive you crazy trying to decide which pieces to put where and keep the joints far enough apart.  And yes, there is such a thing as floorers remorse :p
The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

The dining room and kitchen.  This definitely isn’t a finished picture, as you can see the trim still needs to be replaced, among other things, but this is a good idea of what it looks like now.The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

And from this angle … the dining room and living room!The Farmhouse Remodel Project - Before & After - Part 1

That’s all for now but I’ll post some more pictures very soon!

19 thoughts on “The Farmhouse Remodel Project – Before & After – Part 1

  1. Your farmhouse is coming along beautifully! It’s a lot of work but the end results are that you can set it up just like your family likes it. Congratulations.

  2. Hello Hannah!
    My Word! You have all done a very wonderful job with the house! I love the colors and flooring! The peachy orange you have is very similar to what my bedroom is painted!♥
    I am sure you will be getting it done shortly! And i can’t wait for the end result!♥
    Shalom to you and your family!
    ~Susannah~

  3. WOW! Sarah texted me pictures of the progress but it makes more sense now to see all the before and afters! It’s looking amazing and so much better than having all the enclosed rooms! Good job everyone!!!

  4. I really enjoyed this! Your house looks like it’s coming right along great! It is definitely a beautiful farm house! 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing this post. The work you did is terrific. You sure are handy. The house looks lovely. Looking forward to part 2.
    Marilyn

  6. I just love seeing the before and after! What an undertaking! But what beautiful results. Ya’ll are so gifted and organized. It will be “a thing of beauty” when it is completed. Hope to get to see it in person when all is finished.
    Love and blessings…

  7. Thank you so much for sharing about your remodeling journey!

    What a gift to have an old farmhouse like that to make your own!!

    You can see that a lot of hard work is paying off great dividends!

    Blessings,

  8. How exciting!! The house is beautiful and just the type I dream over too! 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth!

  9. What a lot of work but wonderful times of pulling together and making this home truly yours in every way. The results are beautiful. I look forward to seeing more photos in the future! Thank you for sharing with us!

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