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Friday, November 01, 2013

our 1870 victorian

some of you may have saw my post about us closing on our new adventure!! not only do i adore old architecture...i want to preserve it the best i can. i guess that's why i love my job shop so much! i love restoring furniture and giving it new life. well, now we have a HUGE job on our hands, restoring our new 143 year old house. we aren't talking 'remodel'...we're talking restoration. i hate going into a gorgeous old house and seeing updates that don't blend with the house or period it was built....i'm not saying you can't update a house with modern amenities....but they shouldn't compete with the house. believe me, there will be a kitchen with modern amenities and a big soaking tub in the bathroom! i also believe in re-using what you can. we'll be taking each piece of trim off every window and ceiling and base....repairing and re-painting it...and putting it back...but why wouldn't we??? its GORGEOUS!! and i wouldn't dream of getting rid of any of the door knobs or window hardware..or the ONE somewhat original light fixture in the house. thats what gives the home its character. there will literally not be a single inch in this house that won't be touched. its going to be a labor of love...and by labor of love, i mean a $&#*$& to restore! there will be many trips made to architectural salvage places in the cities! but it'll be beautiful once we're done with it!

we just got into the house 7 days ago....and it begins already! FIRST project....the slate roof that's 85 years old...which is sitting over the original wooden shakes...CRAZY! it leaks, so needs to be replaced before we can start on anything inside of the house...

dumpster and scaffolding all set up to rip the roof off this wknd!

here are a few 'before' photos...i'm going to try and document the process throughout the restoration!

kitchen...updated sometime in the 60's it looks like

full the radiator in there to hang your towel on while you bathe!

not 'original' to the house...but antique and the only light fixture in the house that is somewhat original. this will stay!

all of the ceilings and most of the walls have layers of wallpaper and cracking plaster

GORGEOUS wainscoting going up the stairs...this will definitely stay!!

a beautiful built-in in the living room...i can see a pop of color on the back wall of it!

amazing original woodwork through out the entire house

the little half bath under the stairs! love it!

here she is.....beautiful porches...peaks and detail! she'll clean up nicely :)


  1. I am SO excited to see the progress! You are so talented so I know it is going to turn out beautiful!!!!

    1. thanks hun! it'll be a TON of work...but so worth it :)