I can’t believe its been exactly a year since we moved into this house!
It has been an amazing year! We don’t regret moving for one second. It is still a bit surreal that moving just 4 miles down the road can change your life so much. It has brought us immeasurable peace and joy!
The first few weeks here was a bit apprehensive. The house was so unfamiliar and didn’t feel like it really belonged to us. We were not yet “friends”. There were squeaks and scratches and lots more other strangeness that I did not understand, or feel a connection to. I’m kind of quirky…I want to know everything about the history of a house that I can. Our last 2 houses were brand new, and we were the first to live in them…so we got to know each other together. This particular house had 20 years with others before we arrived.
Thankfully, the people that we bought the house from, invited us over before we moved in to meet us. I LOVED that!!! They told us about their time in the house and what they knew about the other previous owner. My children (ages 10 and 12 now!) are the first children to ever live in this house. The first owners were 70 when they built the house, and the husband used the basement workshop to refurbish old canoes…fascinating…that would explain the excessive varnish on the floors in the workshop…which I have added several layers of paint too! The second owners got married in the living room! And what a lovely couple they are!
This was Day 1 in our new house last October! We wasted no time putting our own fingerprint on the house. The first thing that went was all that popcorn!!!
I used boxes to try to figure out dimensions for new couches, etc. Once I figured out what I wanted, it took FOREVER for them to come!
Christmas 2013 came….fast…and I was totally unprepared! I feel like I just stuck this tree up in a corner and threw a few things up on the mantel. That is about it. An empty living room with a tree. I’m going to have to say it was one of the worst Christmases ever. Sad to say…but it was. The house still did not feel like home. To top it off my husband got the stomach flu Christmas Eve, and I started with it 9:00 am Christmas morning. The morning was a blur and the next 2 days were spent on the only couch we had in the basement.
The New Year came and we began to really fall in love with our house and it became our home! We had a few lovely snows too!
The walls are filling up with comfortable memories…the surroundings feel warm and inviting…and now we have a true HOME!
We are embracing our first full Fall Season and excited to share our home over the holidays with lots of friends and family!
I’ve also got some big plans for the basement studio in the new year too!!!
Once Upon A Time, in April of 2013, I went for my first time to the Liberty Antiques Festival, in Liberty NC. (And because she will want a mention…I was with my friend Angela Clodfelter!) Anyway, I had been excited for WEEKS about finally going to this festival, which so many people had raved about. As the day approached for our planned trip I found myself in extreme pain in both feet due to a major onset of plantar fascists. But, I’m a tough girl (can I get an “Amen”?) and of course I went anyway…and did every stinking row…twice!
When my eyes spied this table…it spoke to me…it moved me…I had to touch it immediately. I wanted to know all about it.
The gentleman who was selling it told me that it had been an old shop counter that had been rescued from South Boston, Virginia. I knew I wanted it, but had no idea what I would do with it. At 6 feel long it was not an easy size to pop into just any room.
I walked away…but it “haunted” me the rest of the day. As the sun was setting, and the vendors were packing up, and I was in extreme foot agony…I decided to take one last stroll by. Just as I did, I noticed that she was being loaded back onto the truck she came in. No one had bought her! It was a sign! I ran up into the truck and negotiated a deal just in time! I wish I still had the pictures from that day from my phone…oh well.
When I got home, I put it in my garage, thinking that I would sell it to Nancy, the shop owner at Total Bliss (where I work). I had already texted her pictures and told her I had this fabulous table that would work great in her store somewhere. It was pretty apparent when I got the table home (to my old house) that it was not going to work anywhere in my house. It was just too big! But, I walked past her each day in the garage and could not part with it. She stayed in the garage until August. In August, we moved Total Bliss to new location, and I decided that I would just use it at work for my “desk”. That way I could still be near her every day!
And guess what fits perfectly into our kitchen like she was made for it??
We love it!!! I left it completely natural, as is. We have a giant roll of craft paper. We just rip a big piece off, eat dinner on it, and then throw it away when we are done! I might seal the wood on top, but I have not decided. Nothing else has been done to it, this is the natural patina from over the years!
The table is counter height. So, I got these adjustable bar stools to use at the table. The source is Foreside Home and Garden . I was able to get them from here because Nancy has an account with them.
Here is another goodie I got at the festival. I’m super drawn to anything metal, and rusty and old these days!
The moving truck was due any day….and …. the painters had my entire house taped off, and the ceilings were down and painted in record time.
My original intention was to just have the living room and dining room painted and I would do the rest myself. I’ve painted a few rooms in my life so what were a few more right?
As the hours went by I kept adding rooms!! In the end I had everything ceiling, baseboard, crown molding, door and wall painted except the basement and the bonus room.
SO WORTH IT!!!
I had a fresh clean slate to bring in the furniture and start decorating! I let go of the CONROL issues and CHEAPNESS issues and I am so relieved I did! I can save in other ares. Time is worth money!! And I saved TONS of that!!
I also did not have much time to pick out my paint colors because the guys were rolling….
Here is my basic pallet I used in the house. Snowbound looks more gray on the screen. It is my favorite “White” ever. I used it in my dining room in my last house and knew I wanted it again.
Here are a few SUPER quick photos I snapped right before movers rolled in with furniture.
Snowbound in the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. White Trim.
Repose Gray in the hallway and laundry room and boys bathroom.
Mindful Gray in the half bath and boys bedrooms.
Where is my blue? Last minute I added Woodlawn Blue to Master. I’m not sure about it…it’s REALLY blue in there. But, I’m keeping it for now.
The day of closing this is what the front of the house looked like!
We had closed on the other house 3 days prior, so there was no time to waste on getting started on this one. Thankfully, my parents live just a few miles away and we were bunking with them, but we were anxious to get life under way in the new pad.
The first task on hand was to remove the popcorn ceiling. I knew that if it was going to be done we had to do it before we moved our furniture in. Although we had visions of saving tons of money and using all our spare time with spray bottles and scrapers…(NOT!)…we made the best move ever and hired Vasquez Painting Company to get the job done.
WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
They prepped perfectly and in record time …. less than 1 day had it all removed from the entire first floor and almost all the second floor!!
During the 3 day removal we continued to bunk at my parents. Once the mess was cleaned up and they started painting, we finally moved into the house into the basement. We still had no furniture, or kitchen supplies….or beds….
We cooked in the RV and slept in the basement on air mattresses for 4 nights
The weather was perfect…
Asher enjoyed meeting our new neighbor Pearl! She is the sweetest donkey!
Another big decision we made was to have the house painted inside. Yep, you heard it…I let someone else do all the painting of the walls! Gasp!
I’m excited to tell you all that we close in just 2 weeks on our new home!
It is very bittersweet I must say. We bought our current home 11 years ago when our first born was just a few weeks old. Honestly, I never thought we would leave this house.
So, why are we? Good question!
It seems that with the addition of the RV this past 6 months, and the blessings of my successful painted furniture business, a motorcycle, 3 cars and a boat and 2 growing boys we have outgrown out “play” space.
While on vacation to Maine in August I was playing on the Realor.com App on my phone and stumbled across this house just a few miles from our current one, and still in our school district. It haunted me for the rest of the 2 week trip. I pulled it up everyday and stared at all 16 pictures several times a day. I called my real estate agent and we went to see it the day after we got back. Our boys were horrified that we were going to look at another house. I insisted that they go, they had to like it for us to even consider it. We all knew the moment we got there that it was more than a house, it was our new home! The boys are so excited too!!!!
Even with 4,000 square feet of popcorn ceilings and more brass and oak than you have ever seen, she is our home! She sits on almost 3 acres of beauty!
That being said I’m inviting you along for a the makeover ride of a lifetime!!!
Check out my almost 700 square foot basement workshop with its own garage door bay as well!
Stay tuned….I’m off to figure out how to pack up 11 years of my life!