Friday, June 1, 2012

Upstairs House Tour - Before

How about a trip upstairs today.  I'll start with the staircase, which I think is perfect!  Well, except for the that one stair tread that needs to be repaired.  I don't know how many times I've slipped!  I've heard stories about some children (back in the day) using sleeping bags to slide down these stairs.  I can only imagine the giggling that ensued!  Although, that does seem like a pretty bumpy ride.  

Please follow me upstairs

One of my favorite things about the staircase is that the handrail and top of the newel post are stained instead of being painted.  As you may have noticed, all of the trim in the house has been painted.  I love the rich color of the stain and the little nicks and scratches, we will leave it as is.  It will serve as wonderful reminder of the history of the home.

Once you arrive at the top of the stairs there is a landing that leads to the bedrooms and bathroom.   The heart pine floors continue throughout the upstairs.  When you look up, you will see more of the lovely popcorn ceiling and the ceiling fan (I'm not a fan, BTW!)  

Future sewing studio ( that sounds sew fancy, don't you think?) 
Pretty much, the upstairs doesn't require more than some paint, floor refinishing and light fixtures.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right!  Other than the bathroom, of course.  

Two of my kiddos had to duke it out over this room!  Errr, not really.  Well, kinda...

All of the bedrooms are huge!  Considering our current house has two children sharing a 12 x 12 room, it doesn't take much to impress us.  But, seriously, these rooms are ginormous!  I can't believe spell check didn't catch ginormous!  I didn't think that was a real word.  I guess our English language is evolving as we speak.  The light that fills these rooms is amazing.  The room in the photo above actually has seven windows.  I'm definitely going to have get my sewing machine set up quickly or I'll be sewing curtains until I'm 80.

Upstairs Closet
There are three bedrooms upstairs and an extra room that will serve as my sewing room (yea me!)  This room doesn't have a closet but is definitely large enough to serve as a guest room, game room and/or sewing room.  There is a giant closet next to the sewing room though, it really is wonderful and uncommon to have an old house with so much storage.  

Another hugemongous (not really a word ) bedroom
One of the bedrooms is not like the others.  This room has an archway leading to the bedroom entrance to the bathroom.  The archway is so cute, but out of character for the home.  I'll have to do some investigating.  The little light hanging in the alcove is precious and probably the only light fixture we are planning to keep.

This archway is in one of the bedrooms and leads to the bathroom.
This concludes our tour of the upstairs.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the before pics of the house.  I can't wait to show you the after pictures!  

Today, I am thankful for summer vacation!!  

lazy mornings
no agendas
church camp
road trips
lightning bugs
ice cream
trips to the library
I could go on...

What is on your summer list?  I'd love to hear your plans for this summer, please share!


  1. Can't wait til you have your sewing room set up! I know the kids are glad to be having their own rooms. Let the decorating begin! So now I have to finish my bathroom with texture and paint because you are making this Morgan girl look bad! hahaha So glad it is summer....Can't wait for family vacation with Randall and the kids!

    1. Hey, I'm gonna need your fabulous decorating skills, so get yours finished so you can come help me! :-)

  2. It is so big, that leaves a lot to decorate..too bad. I love it. Good job you two.

    1. Thank you! Come on over and see it some time! :-)

  3. Shelly DurrwachterJune 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Wow,Jen, what an amazing house! Hope I can come see it one day! You inspire me to quit getting frustrated with my kitchen walls project - you've had patience for a whole farmhouse! You go, girl!

    1. Hey Shells! I hope you will come and visit us sometime. And don't worry, you'll get that kitchen done! I've had lots and lots of help. :-)


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