We bought an old farmhouse for renovation!

Our amazing new renovation project is located in Newcastle and I’ve decided to blog the Reno experience room by room. As this project continues to grow, we will be keeping you in the loop and giving you an inside peak on all of the amazing new transformations to this project. This is the “No Holds Barred” version of the Old Farmhouse Renovation!

I couldn’t be more disappointed in myself for not having a good look at the home before purchasing. I always get too excited and Leap into things, and I would think by my age and experience I would know better. In the end I always know I can manage to fix things,   it’s just about how much energy and money I want to put into each and every home we purchase. So far this is our sixth home in the last 10 years. I think this could be my last one as I’m starting to feel the aches and pains.

The last home in Oshawa was such a huge Reno (Inside and out) with such a large amount of money spent,  I decided that the next home we purchase I would try to do a lot of it ourselves and save some costs. The bones of the house are great, A little crooked because it has sunk And just a few hundred years old, but the sinking has been stopped, and the home has new electrical, roof, windows, furnace, all the expensive things were done. I don’t think people realize that you can completely ruin a home just buy a poor paint job. Every wall, trim doors had paint runs everywhere. It’s almost like somebody threw the paint on the walls instead of rolling the paint. This takes hours and hours of work just to prepare for a new colour. Big huge gobs of dap along the top of the 24” baseboards have to all be cut out and re-done. This takes hours and hours of time, but I will be strong and get through it!

This is the kitchen that we walked into when we first purchased the Farmhouse. To say it needed work would be an understatement.

And here come the Kitchen Renovations.

A wonderful kitchen renovation is taking place in this late 1800’s  farmhouse  in Newcastle. As in any home I do, I always try to Give it what it needs and deserves,  as well as staying with the era of home! As you can see from the pictures,  the previous kitchen had been re done, but it was really a makeshift job with Cupboards probably coming from Home Depot or maybe somebody was taking their old kitchen out and sold them. They were not in good shape and when we removed them they were large huge holes in the walls with lots of mice coming in for a visit. I’m pretty sure it had been like this for the last 20 years as I could see different colours of paint around the cabinets.

The last colour was a horrible green that I could not wait to get covered up! We thought that we could make better use of the space, and storage,as well a different layout. We moved the fridge over to the north wall, took out the large window and had it resized so the countertop could go straight across as well as have more cabinetry with pot drawers pantry etc. We moved the sink to the island as well as the dishwasher and tore out the old laminate floor and put in recycled rubber Flooring were no water can damage it. We re-positioned the stove to where the sink used to be and used a fun old farmhouse feel backsplash to give it a little pizzazz! We kept the old baseboards as well as window trim that had all been refinished as it gives the room character! I decided on nice white cupboards In Benjamin Moore Chantilly lace, and a pretty Blue Island In a Benjamin Moore historical colour again keeping in line with the farmhouse feel. A beautiful quartz marble looking countertop added again keeping it bright!

Lots of LED pot lights, Pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, make for a bright light space that is extremely functional as well as attractive! Tons of storage and many pot drawers add to the functionality! A pretty roman blind from Sunglow window coverings , A beautiful Sherwin -Williams colour on the walls and 10’ft ceiling. We love the way that things turned out in this wonderful kitchen space and next we are working on the Living room, dining room pictures to follow!

Stay tuned for more pictures and stories of our newest renovation projects. If you are looking for help on your own project, give us a call.