We’re Still Working

Yes…we’re still here.

We’re still working.

We’re still ripping up, tearing out, and demolishing a third of our house.

We’re still living in a complete mess.

I just got sick of blogging about it!

But there’s good news…we’re also making progress!


1. My uncle agreed to build us this GORGEOUS bathroom vanity from Pottery Barn.

He has the plans drawn up, and priced it out to about 10% of the $2,500 Pottery Barn price tag!


2. Our bathroom sinks were safely delivered via UPS.

They are the American Standard Collection “Rattan” from Lowes – originally $168 each…

I got them for $24 each on the last-chance clearance!!!!!!!

This picture does NOT do the sinks justice. They are gorgeous! White, under-mounted, with a subtle basket-weave pattern near the top edge.

It’s a timeless design that really fits my vision for our farmhouse!


3. Our reclaimed barnwood flooring was delivered last week.

ALL 700 sq. ft are now in our living room… and they will be for the next 3 weeks while they “acclimate” to our environment.

Meanwhile, I’m hosting a party next weekend with 17-20 friends!


4. I’ve done a bunch of “stain sampling” and I think we finally decided on our favorite.

Originally I wanted Dark Walnut, but now Dave and I are both leaning towards Early American — I think I love the name just as much as the extremely warm color tones!

What do you think?


5. The windows were delivered today and one is already installed.

Our new windows are Jeldwin, Low E, double hung, with the grids on the inside — which makes them REALLY easy to clean. Plus, both the top and bottom sections flip in to make it even easier to clean. Now I have no excuses for dirty windows!

All our other windows will be 6-pane but this is the bathroom window so it’s a bit smaller.

I would say the new windows are a definite improvement!

Not only are the dust-free, they also don’t have huge gaps for freezing air to blow through.


6. I’ve ALMOST decided what doors to buy…almost.

We know we want solid core doors and we know we want them to be painted white to match all our trim. But I just don’t know what style I want yet…

I love the 5 panel doors on the left {obviously, they would be all white}, but I also love the 2 panel door on the right.

But then I found this REALLY cool door…and I like this too!

What one is your favorite?


7. I have the baseboard picked out.

We’re using 8″ flat baseboard and then 4″ flat trim around the doors and windows. I’m not even going to try to explain it all because I don’t have any pictures… and I know it’s going to look so great when we’re finished.

So I’ll just SHOW you then!

See, I told you we’ve been busy!

19 comments to We’re Still Working

  • I love everything you’ve picked! For the stain, I love the early american, it’s very warm without being too dark. I had windows in our house just like yours also, and I LOVED them. Very farmhouse in feel without the extra work to clean.

    When we built our house, I did hollow core (couldn’t afford solid core) doors similar to the 2 panel you posted here, but the top panel of mine had an arch. We got them at a discount store, so the arch was necessary if I was going to get all the doors to match, haha. I love the 3rd door you posted, but I see lots of dust building up on those pretty edges!

  • Gail

    Love the Early American stain!! In 2002 we stained our new pine floors with what I would say was a medium color, over the years they have darkened quite a bit but still love the color!!! I do love the 5 panel doors because they seem to match the age of your home. Good Luck with all your hard work!!

  • Sue

    I love the stain.. it is very warm looking.. I LOVE ALL THE DOORS ! I need new doors in my house and now you have me totally mixed up on what I was going to pick for my house !
    Sue in NJ

  • Wanda

    I love the Early American stain with all its warm tones!!!

  • I LOVE the stain you decided on! I agree it’s very warm looking. I prefer the two panel door on the right…LOVE it! Great, super awesome score on the sinks!! I love it when that happens!!! Yahoo for convincing your uncle to make you that drop dead gorgeous vanity! I’m sure your excited about the windows…I hear the cha ching sounds from all the money they will save you next winter!

  • LOVE the stain, and I would go with the 5 panel doors. Those are my favorites! Can’t wait to see the finished results!

  • Jennifer

    Phew, you have been busy. I love the Early American Stain and your sinks are AMAZING. Add in your savvy bargain shopping skills and you make remodeling look easy. As for the doors, I love them all but think the 2 panel matches your vision of the home better. Can’t wait to see things start coming together.

  • Kim

    I don’t know if you read Erin’s Blog, Rare & Beautiful treasure? She posted about a farmhouse she saw for sale and I thought of you and the hardwood floors. Here is the link http://www.rareandbeautifultreasures.com/2011/02/house-hunting.html.

    BTW – I would go with the 5 panel door and I like the Early American stain, both are always a “classic”!

  • Katy
    Twitter: katyreitzmac.com

    I love the 2 panel door. Can’t wait to see some more pics!

  • I vote for the Early American stain and the 2 panel door on the right.

    Warrior MAMA Lisa

  • mandi@itscome2this
    Twitter: itscome2this

    Last Chance Clearance??? Is this online or did you just happen to find them at the store & they shipped to you? I’m super intrigued by this as I haven’t heard of it!!!

    Twitter: FarmhouseLove

    Mandi — I was ata Lowe’s store when I saw the sink. I asked the guy what the price was, he looked it up, and then said, “wow, this sink is being clearanced out for only $24!”

    The sink didn’t even have a clearance sign — I was just SOOOOOO lucky that I asked and that there were exactly 2 sinks left. It was meant to be!!!

    Twitter: FarmhouseLove

    Oh, and the only reason I had it shipped to me was because the second sink was at a store over an hour away…and it only cost $7 for shipping {way cheaper than gas}

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  • Steve

    My wife is wanting a vanity similar to the one your uncle built. Would he be willing to share the plans with me? The one she likes at pottery Barn is a little pricey.


  • Tami

    What brand of stain is this? Would live early american for the floor I am putting down!

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