Before we start updating our vintage farmhouse, let’s take a home tour where I’ll share the main floor. Wait until you see how amazing our new house is!
Last week, I shared a tour of my new gardens and what to expect in 2022.
So today, I’m sharing the main living floor of our new house that includes a formal living room, entry foyer, dining room, kitchen, library, sunroom, bathroom, and family room.
Are you ready?
This home tour is going to be a fun one.
Our new home dates back to 1850 and the prior homeowners took impeccable care of it.
Seriously, everything is in such great condition and you can really see the love they had for their home.
The house has lots of character with incredible moldings, wood floor inlays and travertine tile.
Each room has a style of its own.
There are some things we’ll keep.
And others we’ll change or tone down.
But overall, this house has it all!
I thought we’d really miss our old house.
After all, we lived there for 23 years.
But I have to tell you.
We don’t miss it at all!
Now maybe I’ll sing a different tune once spring arrives and I don’t have as many flowers as I once did.
But that will change.
And the gardens here will be even more amazing than my gardens at the old house.
I can’t wait to make these beds better than they already are!
But I digress.
Getting back to the house.
Chris and I have always wanted an older home because we love houses with age and character.
Ones that have a story behind them.
With lots of room to grow.
And this one hits every mark.
Wait until you see how incredible the house is!
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Come Tour My Vintage Farmhouse
There’s so much to see here.
I have so many plans for things that we want to update.
We plan to spend the next few months lightening things up so we have more of a clean slate to work with.
Overall, the house itself has great bones with lots of character.
There are certain decor changes we want to make, but that’s pretty much it.
The Front Entry
The front entry is just inside my amazing front porch.
Seriously I love the front porch and can’t wait to decorate it.
But it has the swing and I am out here often while my dogs hang out in the front yard.
As you head inside, the front entry is the same color as my old dining room before I painted it!
Check out the amazing arched doorway with moldings.
And the wood floor inlays are really something too.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about them when we first saw it, but I really love them!
Plus the floors are in such great shape too.
Since this is an easy room to update, I plan to paint it a much lighter color soon.
The biggest project in the room though are the stair railings.
I think this was painted with an oil based paint.
And the decorative design has some texture too it.
So it’s going to be a little more work to renovate the stair railings.
Down the road, we will change out the railings.
But for now, we will keep them but paint over it.
Now the question is…should I go with black or white?
Cause I’m not stripping these.
Tell me what you think in the comments because I’d love to hear your thoughts.
My Vintage Farmhouse Dining Room
The dining room is really something with that chandelier, am I right?
I love it.
I’ve always wanted a crystal chandelier like this and it’s beyond gorgeous.
So it is staying.
My dining room is just beyond the front entry.
So you see this space as soon as you walk through the front doors.
The ceilings have this textured faux finish on them with a faux marble crown to accentuate the chandelier.
For me, this is just too much for the space.
It totally went with their decor but not so much with mine.
And it looks really dark with my black china cabinet and hutch.
To do this right, I think we’d need to skim coat it to even out the finish or go over it with some sort of paneling or beadboard.
But for now, I think we’ll just paint over this and see the texture and lines, then reassess.
The second part of the dining room that needs a makeover are the walls.
That is padded fabric my friends.
It is stapled down really well.
We peeled a little bit back, but saw how much work it would be to remove.
So we held off until we are fully ready to commit.
Which is going to be soon because the dining room is the first room getting a makeover.
I love the travertine tile floors but I’ll probably update my area rug.
AND…I’m thinking about lightening up my dining table and chairs.
But that would be a much later project.
For now, it’s operation fix walls and ceiling.
Vintage Farmhouse Bathroom
The powder room is located just off the front entry in this small alcove.
At first, I was NOT a fan of the black bathroom.
It’s so dark when you go into this room with the black toilet and shell shaped pedastal sink.
My kids are pretty adamant not to change anything in this room.
And to be honest, the walls are kind of cool but we need to lighten it up a little.
So here’s the plan.
We will replace the toilet with a taller white one.
The black toilet is very small so we’d change that anyway.
I also found a vintage farmhouse sink that would look great in here.
So we’ll swap the pedastal sink out for it soon.
In addition to those minor changes, I would also update the mirror and lighting and uncover the windows.
While I’m sure the window treatments in here are expensive, it make is very dark.
So once we update the fixures, I’ll go with another look.
Do you have any suggestions?
And after chatting about this room, I have to say – I love the walls.
At first we thought it was faux finish, but upon closer inspection, it’s wallpaper.
Once we update this room, if it still feels too dark, we may add beadboard or something like that.
But we are going to take this one slow and let it marinate as we work.
The library is just off the front entry.
I’ve never had a library before – it sounds very estudious!
We had several large book shelves in the basement where we kept all of our books, so I guess we had a psuedo-library down there.
But anyway, I love this room.
My girls are pretty emphatic about not changing any of it.
So I’m not.
I love the charcoal gray.
And we’ll keep it!
I want to purchase a few chairs and big ottoman to make it more of a sitting room.
And I’m thinking this is where we’ll serve Thanksgiving for our very large family!
In this room, we’ll be able to set up one really big table so EVERYONE can sit at the same table!
We didn’t have the space in the other house to accommodate all of the kids with all of the adults so this room will be a real game changer in 2022.
The Formal Living Room
I shared the formal living room before and how it was decorated for Christmas.
It looked so pretty and I’m really glad I decorated at least one room after moving in.
After putting Christmas away, I brought in more of my houseplants from the sunroom (will show you that later in this post).
And am trying to get a handle on how I want to pull this room together long term.
We will eventually remove the faux finish from the ceiling and walls.
I appreciate the uniqueness and the artistry, but long term, we will tone this room down.
Not sure if we’ll get to it this year, but at some point, we’ll update it.
You guys…I have a sunroom now!!!!
The sunroom is just off the library.
My houseplants have a place to winter indoors now.
So you know I’m going to start growing a lot more stuff!
You should have seen the plants before we moved.
I felt terrible.
They were stuffed in my basement so I could keep them out of the way while we were showing our old house.
So they were not happy with me then but they are loving their new digs now!
This room is very heavy with faux finishes and hand painted designs.
It’s really very pretty.
But I find it distracting with my houseplants and the outdoor garden.
I prefer to see the architecture of houseplant foliage.
And I want to enjoy the gardens from the inside.
Particularly in winter.
So we’ll be painting this room some version of white.
Hopefully sooner than later, but we’ll see how some of the other projects go first.
There are a lot of windows to cut around!
My kitchen is a real working kitchen and it’s been AWESOME cooking in here.
It has 3 ovens and one large gas stove.
The double oven is a Wolf and the main stove is a Viking.
I’ve made a few dishes in the Wolf already and it cooks really well!
Much better than my old oven.
There are two kitchen sinks.
I didn’t think I would love this but it’s been great having more space to do dishes.
When we eventually change some things in here, I’d love to swap it out for a large oversized farmhouse sink.
I love the granite shelf with my storage containers, don’t you?
I used to have those stored in my pantry closet at the old house.
But they fit so well in here, are more accessible, and I love how they look!
The main drawback in this room are the cabinets that block the view to the family room.
We want to remove those but I need the storage.
So we need to figure that out before we make any major changes here.
I’m thinking that will be a winter 2023 project.
And when I do, we’ll likely upgrade the granite as well to lighten the room up a little more.
But overall, I love the kitchen!!!
The Family Room
This room will be amazing when we are done with it.
I love the heated travertine tile.
Yes, this room has heated floors!
And my plants are enjoying this room too.
This sectional sofa came from Facebook Marketplace that I bought for a great bargain.
It used to be in my basement so this is where we put it here.
I just ordered THIS coffee table.
Don’t you think it will look good in here?
The walls and ceiling are venetian plaster with a dark faux finish.
We plan to lighten this whole room up soon, change the lighting and add some stained wood paneling and/or beams on the ceiling.
This rooms really gorgeous plantation wood shutters but it felt very closed in and dark in the room.
The blinds weren’t staying open and it blocked the view of the gardens.
So we took them down and stored them for future use.
I love this room so much more without them!
We also want to do something with the architectural component in the room.
It is functional to some degree but I think we can improve it because it’s the focal point of the room.
I would love to add a wood burning fireplace here with stone going up to the ceiling.
That will not be a project we do this year but is something we want to do down the road.
And that’s the whole main floor!!!
It’s such a cool house and we are so blessed to be here.
We love everything about it and can’t wait to add our spin to this totally amazing home.
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