Friday, January 22, 2016

The story of a room...

In 1909, it was the front porch.

In the 1940's, it became the side porch when the new road was put in by the county; a new much larger and grander front porch replaced it.

In the 1960's, it was enclosed to be used as a bedroom for the elderly farmer because he could no longer climb the stairs to the bedrooms upstairs.

In the 1990's, the grand nephew of that old farmer sheet rocked over the old siding and used it as a T.V. Room.

(Photo:  December 2004  - That's our Hunter who was only 7 on the day this photo was taken. We had returned to take measurements and so on after our contract had been accepted).

In 2004, it became my office space.  That flooring was the original wood flooring of that old front porch.  There was nothing between it and the ground below.  During the winter months, I would have boots and gloves on to stay warm!  I could hardly wait to get to work on this room.

In 2010, we finally tackled this room.  David raised the floor to the same height as the rest of the downstairs rooms and insulated it.  We removed the sheet rock that had covered the original siding and the window you see in this photo.


It seemed that everyone loved this room as much as I did.  That old chair in the corner would be sought out by visitors over and over again.  Always my favorite room in the house, it's new warmth attracted just about everyone.

In 2015, I realized it was time for new colors throughout the house; the custom color of the trim and mustard of the walls had grown tired....and so I searched Pinterest for color ideas....and stumbled upon what I now think is a timeless color for our trim...Benjamin Moore's Iron Mountain!


We began with wisely hiring our son-in-law to paint the green ceiling (something I had wanted to do since 2004 but had not wanted to tackle on my own) took him about 12 hours altogether to get it ready for the final coat of paint; the dark color had hidden all the gaps in the 100 plus year old bead board ceiling.  After painstakingly putting up that first coat, we came to the realization that he had to caulk that thing...David ended up putting the final coat of paint up on day 4 of the job. The walls and the ceiling are now Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter.

I am currently loading the room and will add more photos when I'm finished with that job...!  Out with the old and in with the new....a perfect start to a new year!


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