Technically, this 1910 farmhouse is a three-bedroom house with an eat-in kitchen and bonus room (cat room). We set up the rooms in the way we live. There are two bedrooms upstairs, and the third bedroom is what we set up as the living room, adjacent to the bathroom. The original living room is what we set up as the dining room. One of the upstairs bedrooms is being used as an office, and the other, as our bedroom. These rooms can easily be changed back to their original set up by just moving furniture around. The mudroom could have been used as a dining room, but our cats deserved their own space; we love them that much. The kitchen can easily be converted back into an eat-in kitchen in the event that we would need the living room as a bedroom again, and the living room would move to what is now the dining room. The office could be moved to the mudroom if needed, thus reversing to the original bedroom. This house is very flexible because most rooms are square and measure 15×15 feet, and with the exception of the kitchen, nothing has a permanent fixture that would impede the use of the rooms in a different way. The furniture is moveable and I would not mind disposing of a few pieces if necessary. All rooms mirror each other because of an existing center chimney downstairs and upstairs, not including the kitchen and cat room, that is. This post will be about the dining room, what should have been a living room.
This room was in better shape than the others, meaning there was no water damage and no damage to the wood. The only issues were the condition of the ceiling and walls, and the “never cleaned” chimney that almost started a fire on one of the interior wood beams. We found a bit of charred wood when we took down the walls. It is a miracle that the house had not burnt down. The entire chimney was full of ashes inside. We had to vacuum it up, and because the bricks required extensive work and repair, as well as the inside of it ($$$), we decided to clean what we could and closed it up. Our heating source is a pellet stove, and electric fireplaces that we use as supplemental heat if it gets too cold. In the event of a power outage, the pellet stove can be hooked up to a portable generator. In the future, we would love to install a Generac system and ductless heating/air. Ideally, all that to be powered by solar energy; however, we are not there yet, and things work fine the way they are now. On the low budget end, the smart thing to do would be to install a wood stove, because in a real emergency, there would be no electric service, no gasoline or gas service, and the delivery of things would be disrupted. The more I think of it the more I convince myself that going with a wood stove is the right choice. In the event of a simple power outage, I have candlesticks and candelabras in every room, and there is a candle chandelier in the dining room. In addition, battery-operated candles are an extra option.
As I mentioned before, our style is more reminiscent of an early American rustic farmhouse, and that follows through into the dining room. This room was the third room we fixed. Here are a few pictures of the before and after condition.
I hope you enjoyed this room’s before and after photos. Compared to the other three rooms I have shown, this one was less problematic. However, as you can see, it was a ton of work. I hope these series of posts will inspire you to remodel a room in your home, take on a DIY project, or find that dream property that might not be so dreamy at first glance, and give it a little bit of life.
4 thoughts on “Fixing an Old Farmhouse – The Dining Room”
Love this room! The soft gold light coming in through the windows and the glow on the beautiful furniture are perfect. Everything is so welcoming and there’s even a magical black cat at the window. What more could you wish for. I can see it’s been hard work but the rewards are there to enjoy now.
Thank you Anne. That kitty cat is my latest. She appeared out of the sudden when we were fixing the living room. I heard a meow, and she was outside the window. I ran outside and she did not run away from me, instead she let me pet her. I asked around and no one knew of her, so we took her to the veterinarian, and she did not have a chip, so she ended up staying with us. She is the most loving cat I have ever seen. She just wants to be petted and gives us kisses non stop. Oh, and she doesn’t want to go outside for nothing. If I pick her up so she can look at something near the door, she grabs a very strong hold of me and buries her head on my chest, thinking I am going to put her outside. I guess she was lost or abandoned and had it rough outdoors? I give her tons of kisses and tell her she will be with us forever. I took the pictures not realizing there were cat toys on the floor. She is truly a magical kitty.
My wife and I once lived in an older farmhouse. We had to move before our project was finished. However, your home is nearly what we envisioned our home to be. An incredible job. Your place looks so incredibly homey. I can smell an apple pie sitting on the kitchen counter, coffee brewing on the stove, and a pot roast in the oven.
Thank you. It has been a lot of work, but worth it. Coffee and apple pie, yummy! I love those; you mentioned some of my favorites.
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