Little Old Farmhouse: Projects Galore

With new houses come new projects and challenges.  Two of my favorite words!  I'm not kidding.  I LOVE home projects, which is probably why I choose old houses that need a little extra love.  Plus they always have a little more charm to offer.  There is one issue I have with making "old" homes my own......I have a hard time changing ORIGINAL fixtures, no matter how quirky and "out-of-style" they may be.  To me it feels like a part of history.  It's the whole, "if these walls could talk" thing.  BUT....I'm getting so much better!  With our current home that we just moved into, I feel a little older, a little wiser, and a little more confident in my DIY home decorating decisions. (Probably from all the projects we tackled at our last "old" house).  

The two recent projects I want to highlight today are the living room floor redo, and the brick fireplace wall fix-up.  

Floor before

Floor before

Floor before

Floor before

First, the floor.  When we moved in the floor was a light wood that was actually in really great shape.  I just didn't like how the floor color was so different from the built-ins and the wood trim throughout the house.  We actually decided to hire professionals for this project because refinishing floors is a really big deal! Without the know-how and proper equipment it can be a disaster.  Trust me!  We actually had to hire a second company to fix the first company's horrific mistakes.  Making our new floor project take about 2 months.  It was all worth it in the end.  I absolutely love the finished product and how the color blends perfectly with both the built-ins and the window/baseboard trim. 

Next, the brick fireplace wall.  I loved this wall from the moment I saw it!  Again, if these walls could talk, they would probably tell me stories of many family gatherings around a cozy fire, after a long day working out on the farm. Bible stories were read, prayers said, songs sung, all around this fireplace.  I think of this wall as a symbol of peace and comfort for the tenants of the past.  I LOVE this wall.  I wanted to give it a bit of a modern feel without painting over the entire thing.  So I decided to whitewash the brick and lighten it a bit.  Here is how it turned out.

Before

Before

Halfway there...

Halfway there...

TADA!

TADA!

Before and After!

Before and After!

I'm so pleased with the results.  Plus, it was so easy.  It took me about 2 hours from start to finish. I mixed paint and water (1:1) and brushed it over the brick, in sections, wiping with a cloth gently as I went.  

TIP 1: Hire the best flooring experts when refinishing hard wood.  TIP 2: If debating between whitewashing brick or painting it, go with whitewash first. You can always paint it later if you don't like how it looks. But I'm betting you'll love it!

-Sophia

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