We started this journey a year ago. Our daughter Leah was home for Christmas when we showed her what was to be our future home. She might be the only member of our family that didn't think we were crazy...
This past Thanksgiving, Leah was home again and saw the progress that had been made.
The house is not finished yet, but we are getting closer day by day.
A few of my favorite things around the house include the ceiling in our powder bath. It is a patchwork of found ceiling tiles from one of the buildings in downtown McKinney. Someone suggested we paint the tiles. I happen to like it just the way it is....unique.
I love my dining room. Mr. Ella is going to build me a huge farm table to put in here!
The original pocket doors and the added trim work are just perfect.
We brought in old crusty pieces where we could.
My pantry doors...
My farm sink....
The pressed tin behind the range.
(The cabinets are going to be distressed to look old.)
The old doors we saved.
And my most favorite thing.....my studio!!!!
I can't wait. I wish I could just twitch my nose and it would all be finished and everything in its place!
Our journey began about a year ago when we stumbled across what turned out to be our future home.
The first time we looked at the house it was a cold day and we were freezing. Some of the doors were blocked with insulation boards. The tenants were living in a few of the rooms with small heaters.The air was thick with cigarette smoke.We moved quickly, with our eyes and minds whirling. As you can tell the entry had been updated over the years, but needed an overhaul.
A major overhaul...
The sheetrock came off, exposing the original shiplap boards.
While I was taking this picture I noticed something red up at the top of the wall.
I looked up and discovered the entry had once been totally covered with lovely red paper- even the ceiling. Back in the 1800's there wasn't any sheetrock, only wood. It would then be covered to help control the air drafts and they loved color ....everywhere.
The dining room doorway on the left was opened up.
The back of the house was also under reconstruction.
You can see light from the where the back of the house was torn off.
The back of the house was rebuilt and is visible from the front entry.
The sheetrock came next. I have been asked why we didn't leave the shiplap boards exposed.
Well, we would simply like to be warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer!
We added an old door leading to the kitchen area. We hope to add a leaded glass window in the transom.
I think that I should tell you now that we are
not decorating this house with Victorian colors or stuffy uncomfortable furniture.
I respect history, but this will be a home, not a museum.
Whew, I feel better....
From the dining room looking toward the stairway you can see the fretwork I bought one day at the Antique Mall.
Just a quick update on our house progress. The outside is in the process of being painted. Most of the fence is up and we are staining it white. Only one coat so far. The inside of the house is sheetrocked and about ready to paint. I haven't decided on the colors anyway. That is a big decision! The tile in the bathrooms will be laid later this week.
There is more trim and paint to be added.
I will take you inside next time!
We are looking less like a haunted house now and more like a quaint old home. The outside is starting to take on the character it once had. There will be more curved gingerbread brackets added to give the house even more charm.
This is what the front looked like when my daughter, Leah, was visiting last Christmas.
Shabby, but not Chic...
We are headed in the right direction now. So much better...