See a (mostly) DIY 3+ year renovation of an old farmhouse from it’s former foundation-less and character-less state to a light and bright home that will last another 100+ years.
Hmm, best laid plans?
For someone who enjoys old houses, vintage things, and a simpler way of life, it may come as no surprise that when we found an old farmhouse on 3 acres surrounded by horse pastures (harder to come by in the western U.S. than other parts of the country) I couldn’t say no.
Especially because it came with a view to die for – well after we opened up that side of the house to bring more of it in the house, that is.
Yes, even though it came with more acreage, no foundation, was two stories and had been stripped of all original character.
Thankfully for us, it also came with another home on the property we could live in while having a foundation added, extending the back of the home to be able to have a primary bedroom on the main floor, and renovating every square inch of the home.
We were able to move in three years after starting the renovation process when the first floor was mostly finished.
The second floor, it’s bathroom and stairs is still a work in process, but the house is actually everything I envisioned this sweet old farmhouse could be on our first walk-through – and more (who knew about the original beadboard kitchen ceiling and walls or the thick old-growth shiplap under the wallboard?).
On this page you’ll find all of the farmhouse’s renovation stages – from the before tours when we first took possession of the property to the before-and-afters of the first floor rooms after we’d been living in the home a few months.
I hope this mostly DIY renovation gives you inspiration as well as show how showing some love to an old house can give it a whole new life for the next 100 years!
Farmhouse Renovation Series
FARMHOUSE FIXER – THE INTERIOR BEFORE TOUR
Take a tour of the circa 1900’s farmhouse fixer we bought plus some of the plans we have to remodel and renovate it to be a house of our dreams.
EXTERIOR FARMHOUSE FIXER BEFORE TOUR
Welcome to the exterior farmhouse fixer before tour – come and see what the outside looks like now and what our short and long-term plans are for remodeling.
FARMHOUSE FIXER YARD TOUR BEFORE
Come take the yard tour of our farmhouse fixer before – what is already in place, what we want to keep, get rid of, and add to the property.
FARMHOUSE FIXER YEAR 1 REVIEW & VIDEO
Welcome to the year one progress on our 100-year old farmhouse fixer!
SUMMER FARMHOUSE RENOVATION RECAP (YEAR 2)
Join us as we talk about progress on our 100 year old farmhouse fixer over the summer, plus how the vegetable garden is doing with its deer fence.
1900 FARMHOUSE REMODEL YEAR 2 REVIEW & VIDEO
We’re sharing what we accomplished in year two of our DIY farmhouse remodel, the tasks that may not be pretty but help lay the foundation for the fun finishing stuff (finally!) to come.
FARMHOUSE MAIN BATHROOM PLAN & REMODEL PROGRESS
A to-the-studs bathroom remodel in a 100-year-old farmhouse is nearing completion – take a look at the farmhouse main bathroom plan for decor and progress so far.
FARMHOUSE IN-PROGRESS TOUR – MID-YEAR 3
We’re bringing you a FULL farmhouse tour of our renovation – the first complete tour we’ve done since the before tour!
1900 FARMHOUSE RENOVATION PROGRESS YEAR 3
We’re sharing the progress we’ve made in our third year of restoring and remodeling our 100+ year-old farmhouse.
FARMHOUSE FIXER KITCHEN PLAN & DESIGN
The farmhouse kitchen plan, resources and design ideas including original beadboard, adding character, and creating a classic, functional look.
LIVING & DINING ROOM BEFORE & AFTER
Living & dining room before and after tour, looking back at our “remuddled” farmhouse and how we worked to bring back old house character while making it light, bright, and opening it up to the wonderful view.
KITCHEN BEFORE & AFTER
The kitchen before and after shows an expanded area, better work triangle, restoration and adding back old house character, all while keeping it light, bright, and functional for everyday and entertaining.
HALL AND LAUNDRY BEFORE & AFTER
The completely reconfigured hallway and laundry before and after brings not only function and storage to these spaces where there was none, but also DIY old-house character that they lacked.
MAIN BATHROOM BEFORE & AFTER
See our main bathroom go from a standard, windowless box to a spa-like retreat with old-house character, all with the addition of just two feet, keeping the costs low with DIY projects and reusing materials.
PRIMARY BEDROOM BEFORE & AFTER
The dramatic primary bedroom before and after for our 100+ year old farmhouse was the biggest remodel on the main floor. It includes an eight-foot bump out, new walk-in closet, and lots of windows to bring in the view.
We will be finishing the stairway, walls up stairs and upper landing, adding more vintage doors, and redoing the upstairs bathroom.
I’ll add them to this page as they’re published – be sure to follow along so you don’t miss a thing!
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