noun – a person who owns or manages a farm.
We pronounce it faa-maaa ’round here! I so lovingly gave Bill this nickname the night the sellers accepted our offer to purchase the old farmhouse. August 15, 2016. Could it be? Were we really going to own our very own little farm? At that point, we had a long 28 days ahead of us filled with inspections, permits, contracts, and lawyers. But with faith and prayer, our little dream came true. Yes, we were farmers.
We were fortunate enough to have two whole weeks together to get moved in and settled in our new ‘old’ farmhouse. Bill had taken the time off work so we could take a vacation. Little did we know God had other plans for that time. He gave us a farm. So, we spent fourteen days fixin’ up our farmhouse and getting settled as best we could. We are, by no means, settled completely. Far from it. Home wasn’t built in a day. But I am ever so grateful for those two weeks we had together and the time spent getting to know our new forever.
We documented each and every day of the journey with videos and pictures. One, so we could remember and cherish this very special time in our lives. And two, to share with all of you! So without further ado, let us begin our new series here at Rusted Roots…
The day we closed on the old farmhouse was an exciting one!! We had quite the journey to get to that day. As Bill likes to say… it all starts back in January of 2016. And it did. So, day one on the farm was full of celebrating and sharing the news with friends and family. After getting the keys, we went to a local Mexican restaurant for some lunch. The same restaurant we sat in just four weeks earlier chatting about the farm we had just found and how we prayed that it would one day be ours. Funny what 28 days can change!
Now you get the faa-maaa reference right?! Lemme hear you say it?? Okay. That was decent. We’ll work on it! Ha ha!! And could you believe all the deer in the backyard. I love those little babies!! Well, at least two are babies. If you saw our big announcement last week, you’ve already seen all the pictures of the outside of our old farmhouse, so I thought there was no better day to take you inside than today!! What d’ya say??
The front of the house is the old part, built in 1933. And one day I’ll take y’all in through the front and show you the old original door, skeleton key hole and all. But today, y’all are friends, so we’re going in through the side door.
As you come up those fabulous steps and into the house, we’ll go ahead and look to your right so you can see the amazing keeping room and all the glorious windows!!
Pretty, right?? Like I mentioned last week, back in Colonial days the ‘keeping room’ was the most popular room in the house. Right off of the kitchen, it was typically the warmest room in the house, so families would gather there. Another feature that added to the warmth were all of the windows. And since this room faces East, I am told the morning sun heats the brick pavers and there’s nothing like a lazy Sunday morning sippin’ something hot and looking out over the backyard. I love this space!
From the other end of the keeping room, you can look back and see the side door that we just came through.
Aaaaaand, the kitchen!! Don’t worry, we’re gonna go in for a closer look. But those cabinets, let me warn you. They are magical!!! The top cabinets are made from wood salvaged from an old barn just down the road. And the bottom cabinets are made from salvaged wood from an old country store also in town. So much local character!!!
For the first time, we have a gas stove!! Any tips and tricks for a first time gas stove cooker?? Let’s chat in the comments!! I need all the help I can get. It’s a little tricky to me! But I’m looking forward to getting a griddle for pancakes!!
The former owners were sooooo sweet. When we came into the house after closing. They had left these two ‘ol milk bottles filled with beautiful sunflowers. How sweet?! They know us all to well. We were very fortunate to get to know the owners and still keep in touch with them today. And if you look out the window, you can see the ‘ol horse barn! What a sight to make doing dishes all the more joyful, right??
Just on the other side of the kitchen is our laundry room. At first, I was a little bummed that it was downstairs and the two main bedrooms are upstairs. But the bonus is that it has a big ‘ol utility sink! Is that what you call it?? It’s a big deep basin sink that will be perfect for washin’ up dusty barn finds, bottles and mason jars! I’ll have to snag a pic of the sink to show you! And speaking of sink, we plan to replace the one above with the sink I salvaged from my great grandmother’s house! It’s a porcelain coated cast iron sink!! It will be beautiful.
Okay, back to the tour…
When you come in the side door, if you go straight instead of turning to go to the kitchen, you will be in the dining room.
That’s all original beadboard as we are now in the old 1933 part of the house. The old part of the house is four rooms. The dining room, the living room and two bedrooms. One of which, we will be using as an office. The opening you see on the other side of the dining room has two beautiful french doors that lead into the living room at the front of the house.
That ‘ol fireplace has several layers of love, as we like to call it. We had hoped to restore it back to the original brick, but after just 10 minutes of research on that process, we realize that’s a HUGE feat!! So, we’re not sure what we will do with the ‘ol fireplace but that maroon paint isn’t quite our style. Any ideas??
The living room is where the front door of the house is and some fabulous old windows. The great thing about all of these old windows is that they have all been updated to make them energy efficient and insulated without changing the original character of them!
Through that door off of the living room is one of two bedrooms in the old part of the house. We will turn this bedroom into a guest room as it still has the original coal burning fireplace and makes for a cozy sleeping space for a couple of overnight guests.
Not to mention this bedroom has one of the best views of the cows grazing in the pasture!! Just through that window there on the front of the house.
The other bedroom is at the back of the house, but is still part of the original farmhouse. This one, we will turn into an office slash craft space. Yes, I just spelled out office slash craft space. Ha ha! What can I say? I write like I speak. I type like I talk. Ha ha! This room will need a ‘lil paint job too, much like many of the rooms in this house. Wait ’til you see upstairs!! And the children who grew up here, now in their mid 20s, really loved those glow-in-the-dark stars that you stick on the ceiling! They. Are. Everywhere!!
Ok, on to upstairs and the final two rooms in the house. In my opinion upstairs is what makes the house totally livable by today’s standards. Loads of space and storage!! This door here leads to the stairs. What I love about it… it’s the original back door of the 1933 house! So, where we are standing would have been the covered back porch! Neat, huh? Oh, how I love the history of this old farmhouse. And the former owners are rounding up some pictures for me of the house when they bought it!! I can’t wait to see those!!
At the top of the stairs is what will be our ‘comfy’ living room for now, and perhaps one day a child’s bedroom. See what I mean?? Paint!! Ha ha!! But this room has a gorgeous view of the cow pasture as well! I could stand there all day! And the built-in cabinets and drawers on the left provide lots of great storage without sacrificing space in the room!!
I wanted to have a ‘pretty’ living room downstairs and a ‘comfy’ living room elsewhere, where we could lounge in PJs, have munchies, and not have to worry about being messy! This room is perfect! A big ‘ol closet in this room will house all of our off-season clothing.
As you come out of the upstairs bedroom, these oh-so-convenient built-ins lead the way to the master suite. Normally, I would simply say master bedroom. But, I do feel as if its a suite with all of the space it provides! And these drawers are super deep. Great for extra blankets, linens, etc.
Ok… the master may be a little hard to figure out with no furniture or reference points. But there are two areas, for lack of a better way to describe it. This area which is where the bed and dresser will go.
And this other area which will be a seating area or who knows what?? I mean, do we really need a seating area in our bedroom? Hmm. I’m not sure. I’m sure we’ll fill it up with something. We got a lot of furniture out in those storage units.
And then, if that weren’t enough, there’s this little nook! It’d be perfect for a basinet one day, when and if we have children. The baby would have its own little area but be super close by so we could hear every peep. Wait. Maybe we should rethink that. And look at that little octagon window! I love all the character of this ‘ol house!
On the other side of the master are the closet and master bath. Right through this non-door! I say that with all the love in my heart. But I don’t know how the previous owners did it! It’s so awkward when you gotta do your business, and your spouse is in the bedroom!!! We’ve developed a system that includes a proclamation something like… “I’m peeeeeeeeeeing”. Ha ha! TMI? You gotta do what’cha gotta do so the other one don’t walk in on ya!
And heaven help us if you gotta do more than that?!?! EEEEEeeeeeeep. Anywho. We DO have a plan for this little dilemma! We hope to install a sliding barn door right across that opening. It will be perfect!! As for the bathroom, it’s a big bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower and a clawfoot tub!
Once we get the barn door up, the screen will go. And then we’ll start working on sanding that tub down to the original white porcelain! A little chandalier above and she’ll be glamorous, dah’ling! The vanity is quite large too. We would love to find a big ‘ol farmhouse trough sink that we could put in place of the single sink.
But all in due time. As we said in the video above, we aren’t going to rush things. We are going to take each day as it comes. Know that at the end of the day, whatever we accomplish is enough! No need to feel defeated because we didn’t cross everything off our list. Home is a journey. Not a destination.
With that being said, welcome to our home! We hope you enjoyed this little tour of our old farmhouse on the day we moved in. Actually, these photos were taken the first two days we were in the house. And we have to thank our friend, Patrick, who not only helped us with some of the photos you see in this post, but more than that, helped us find this little dream farm of ours. We love it here and we think you will too!! We are honored to have you on this journey with us and we can’t wait to share the next thirteen days with you as we continue fixin’ up the ‘ol farmhouse.
If you like following our journey to creating home here on the farm, you can check out the entire ‘Fourteen Days to Farmhouse’ (to date) by clicking on any of the boxes below. And be sure to hop over to Facebook and Instagram for all the day-to-day happenings on the farm.
We’ll see you there!!
Day One: Tour of the Farmhouse
Day Two: Painting and Storage Delivery
Day Three: Unpacking and Cleaning the Barn
Day Four: When Things Don’t Go As Planned