Friday, July 04, 2008

Michael and I purchased the farm that we live on over 4 years ago. The farm and views are wonderful, bu the house had some issues. The house is a basic 1970's ranch style house. It was built solidly and with good materials. However the year after the home was built, the wife left and the house was left in the hands of the husband. He lived here until his death a few years before we bought the home. Needless to say, the house was in major need of cosmetic updating. We have spent the last 4 years continuously working on some house project while still trying to build a farm. It has been a tremendous amount of work, but it has been well worth it. We are getting close to being finished with the inside of the house. Our kitchen is 80% complete and all that is really left is our bedroom and our 2 small bathrooms. We have put off redoing our bedroom because there is always something more pressing for our time and money. However Michael and I both miss having a sanctuary that we enjoy coming into. Our gift to one another for our anniversary is a bedroom makeover. I promised myself I wouldn't start another project until he finished the kitchen, but I just couldn't help myself!!


Here are a few pictures of our bedroom before the project started. Notice the lovely paneling and the beautiful rose colored carpet. I have never liked paneling and I hate rose colored carpet especially with all the stains that come with children and dogs !! Our quilt has been around since the beginning of time and there are large holes throughout.

I always try to keep our bedroom neat and orderly, but we needed more than neat. We needed some new paint, bedroom quilt and new flooring. I had purchased a quilt and shams along with curtains right after Christmas when all the sales where going on. I have kept them tucked neatly away in our closet until we decided to paint. I can't wait to get them on the bed! I started painting yesterday. It takes awhile to paint paneling, but I like the outcome. We have paneling in every room of our home, and we have painted them all except our room. Michael REALLY wanted to rip the paneling off throughout the whole house and dry wall it. I would have liked that better too, but the cost would have been a lot. It would also have taken a lot of time because he would have had to also buy new trim and trim out the whole house. Did I mention that was going to be very expensive?? So we settled on painting the paneling.

Here is our biggest challenge to redoing our bedroom....

When we purchased Missy she was a cute SMALL little thang. Michael was working 3rd shift and I missed having a snuggle partner. I stuck the cute little thang in bed with me at night. What was I thinking??? The cute Little thang grew into a 160 pound beast that still likes to snuggle in OUR bed any chance she gets. She always waits until Michael starts snoring to sneak up onto the bed. We have spent the last week trying to prepare her that our bedroom is becoming off limits. We are encouraging her to go to the basement and sleep with the kid that BEGGED for us to buy her. He has a nice camouflage comforter set and she had already chewed a hole in that when she was just a puppy. I think it will be easier to hide her hair and paw prints on camouflage than my new ivory quilt. When I showed Michael our new ivory quilt, he asked me, "What were you thinking???"!

I am hoping by the end of this weekend our room will be completed. I will post pictures as soon as I have something to show!!

grace and peace,

julie




3 comments:

Marci said...

I can't wait to see the final pictures. I send links to your blog to my brother and his wife all the time. They too have a mastiff. They get a bang out of the pictures because they can relate. =)

TnFullQuiver said...

Marci,
The room makeover is coming along nicely. Pictures should follow late today or tomorrow sometime. Yes, fellow Mastiff owners must unite!!! I am sure you just love the pictures with the dog in the bed since you so enjoy having animals sleep with you!!!! Missy made it through the entire night last night without one time scratching on the door to get in our bedroom. I think she is is getting use to the idea of sleeping with the teenagers.
grace and peace,
julie

Nancy-Lessons Learned on the Farm said...

I wondered how it was going with switching Missy to a new room. I know Mar Jane definitely has her favorite spots to sleep and they are always RIGHT next to me! Even when we won't let her on the bed, she sleeps on the floor right next to my side of the bed. We tried switching her over to sleeping with the 6 year old, but she seemed to think his bed was too small. Ha!