Old Boards

When we decided to take the middle bedroom upstairs and make it a master bath, it sounded easy enough. It was anything but easy. It was the hardest, yet most rewarding, part of this farmhouse renovation.

Once again, it was the old boards that stole my heart.

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  1. Rebecca says:


    This is just beautiful!! I just love the size of the bathroom. Fascinating the things you find behind walls! I live in an old house as well, 1875. I have a clawfoot bathtub and I call the bathroom, "my office" when I take a book and unwind in the tub. There is such a peaceful feeling about having a bathroom as a bit of a sanctuary so to speak. Yours looks wonderful, inviting and warm. Love reading your posts! Snow dancer looks happy!!


  2. Joan says:

    What a wonderful beginning to a day -getting to read your posting – thanks for sharing. It ALL is so -so -so – well homey!!! and nostalgic. Just a thought about a mirror/mirrors for the wash area – first of all LOVE the side table use – if you can find JUST the right one will be great but if not one over each sink looks super too – oh I bet you already thought of that – it’s just the remodeler/decorator in me that says things like that. What a lucky old house to have someone love it so much. You know I can almost see where the unicorn horn can come out – what a lovely picture – looks great in purple. Will be waiting for your next posting. God Bless.

  3. Debbie says:

    OMG!!!! It is all looking so beautiful and farm housey!!! I love everything you’ve done… A+++++++++!!!!
    Keep up the good work… and give Snow Dancer the Unicorn a pat for me!
    love Deb

  4. JoEllen says:

    Oh Rebekah, you and your hubby have created such beautiful rooms and I love how you desire to hold on to some of the original wood and other nostalgia. Such a work of love in progress. In our 1920’s small home, we have an old farmhouse double porcelain sink with metal cabinets and there is no way I would replace that pitted sink with a new one. I can just imagine all the women that stood where I stand dreaming while washing dishes. Thank you for sharing your dreams come true with us!!!

  5. Adrienne says:

    Fabulous! What a wonderful retreat from the world! It’s too bad you have to cover the window by the tub. I was hoping you could convince the church that you’re re-enacting John the Baptist’s activities each day with an immersion baptism–uh, bathing.

  6. Sukochi Lee says:

    Oh, my! Would I love to live in your house. You have done a beautiful. Or, your "people" have. I can’t imagine waking up in that bedroom suite! You are truely blessed.

  7. Rene Foust says:

    How awesomely beautiful!!!!! What a great job I love it

  8. bonnie ellis says:

    What foresight you two have. Your additions and remodeling are fantastic. Not only a real farm, but a sophisticated new modern "new" farmhouse. Well done.

  9. Nan Roberts says:

    I love it. Thanks for the tours you give us of the house. I LOVE those old boards. And you find brick behind the wallboard, so maybe you shouldn’t whitewash the fireplace brick. Brick could be a random repeating element in the house, like the other old bits you find behind the sheetrock.
    I discovered that if I close the bedroom doors in the hallway that the living room keeps warmer. Also with a curtain to the front door hallway. I think I"m getting used to colder temps, tho, because I don’t notice it as much. Well, it’s back in the 40s now. It’s a different story when it’s down in the 30s. I hate to think if it drops to the 20s, which it does now and then.
    Oops, TMI. Your house story gets me thinking about my house story.

  10. WOW…absolutely stunning and inspiring…thanks for sharing!! I’m in love with that tub!!

  11. KimberlyD says:

    I have the perfect mirror for your bathroom. Its in Michigan. It is an old mirror with a picture frame of flowers carved into it. I don’t have room for it in my apartment but I just couldn’t get rid of it. Boy it sure is heavy too.

    When you paint your bricks, take sand paper to each brick, it gives it a old look. I saw this done on Restaurant Impossible, it looked good.

  12. Cindy says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! All of it, everything, everywhere, I just love your taste in color and design. And I love your daughter’s sense of magic! She sounds like a delight. Like her mama!

  13. Barb Delaney says:

    Rebekah-you are living my dream. thank you for sharing. You can come decorate for me anytime. lol

  14. Otto says:

    If you are looking for some small tables you should consider some nest of tables,
    I purchased a nice set from ikea and thought they were
    really useful

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They Cut A Hole

They cut a hole in my house.

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  1. Carol in NC says:

    Good job Rebekah, I love it! If you find that money tree, send me a cutting!

  2. MaryJane says:

    New title for you (lifted from the dumpster), Trash Pro! Garden Hoe? Onward Sew? Money Low?

  3. Sharon says:


    It is truly beautiful – I wanted to let you know how much I love reading your posts – I live in West Columbia, SC and love to garden, junk, and just got a vintage Beeline camper named Buttercup – thank you for sharing your life with us – you always send such inspiring words and cheer – the room is absolutely beautiful – I have a 3 year granddaughter (London Abigail) in San Francisco who loves horses – she lives near Golden Gate Park and has become friends with the retired service horses there.

    Keep the wonderful posts coming!


  4. Diana Henretty says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh….so cozy and comfy, every picture shines with your
    love for your new home and life!
    There’s nothing like a fireplace to warm your home and your heart in the
    Blessings from the Ozarks from Diana, Noel, Mo.

  5. Sharon Crosswhite says:

    What a beautiful addition! I love that you honored the original house by keeping the wood siding for the wall and your view out those windows on the far end is just gorgeous! May you and yours "keep" for many happy years here.

  6. Sukochi Lee says:

    Ok, not only do you have the HOUSE of my dreams. But you added teh KEEPING ROOM of my dreams. Have a wonderful life, make many wonderful memories, in this house, in this room. You are one lucky lady. : )

  7. Cori Niehoff says:

    What color are your walls? I love it, too! I should turn my small little living room into a keeping room. It gets no use as it is and we have a family room or maybe I should change my family room to a keeping room? I adore yours.

  8. Joan says:

    OH KEEPING ROOM how inviting you are and the views from you your ‘eyes’ (windows) is so lovely. I too love the wall color and the DOOR – superb, superb. I, just yesterday finally got a 5 arm chandelier type ceiling light, that was in my Grandparents home for at least 60 years, hung in my master bedroom – I know the joy of getting ur done. You are doing the ‘ole gal’ proud and having the joy of doing it. Thanks for the pictures. I have been in that area several times and it has a smell about it that one can not forget, AHHH yes I can smell it now. Waiting for the next showing. God Bless

  9. April says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m glad you kept the siding! Well done! 🙂

  10. Deanna says:

    Oh Rebecca, I simply ADORE your room. Can’t tell for sure but the paint looks like a green shade and it blends in so beautifully with the outdoors. Makes a person feel like they are part of it. Love the windows, the fireplace and the old siding also. Keep on "keeping on"…I think you’re making great progress.

  11. Tana says:

    It is magnificent…love that you kept the old wood siding. The stone work is beautiful. So glad you can build a fire and be warm and cozy while reading a great book or looking out at your farm dreaming dreams. Smiles…..

  12. JoEllen says:

    Such a beautiful room to keep your loved ones warm — I just love the simplicity of it. So excited to see how you fill it with your treasures. Loved the picture of you dumpster diving — it’s what I have done too — my husband just doesn’t understand the practicality of all the things I keep for future projects — but he enjoys the outcome!

  13. Sharee says:

    Wonderful! Beautiful!

  14. Brisja says:

    Absolutely beautiful job! I don’t think I would ever leave that room! Enjoy.

  15. Nan Roberts says:

    Oh, hee hee, every time you described the work going on, I thot, "I hope she kept that." And you did. I too have siding in my house. The house part is joined by an addition to the old South Beach Post Office part. In the various additions and remodels over the years, after being the PO, brilliant people kept some of the siding, which is from the 1950s. I love it. But your siding is fabulous.
    The addition fits right in outside and looks great inside. Why can’t you get the other fireplaces to work?

  16. Mary Heathcoat says:

    Thank you Rebekah for sharing your adventures with us. I love the hardwood ceiling, fireplace and that you poly coated the old siding. Good luck with the completion….can’t wait to see it all put together. It looks like a dream come true!

  17. Pam deMarrais says:

    Rebekah, that is such a seamless addition to your farmhouse, and you created such a cozy room with traditional flair. Can’t wait to see it furnished!

  18. Cindy says:

    Absolutely beautiful! My kind of rustic, cozy ambiance! And I love a "keeping room", the sound of it, the meaning, the look, all of it! Well done, Rebekah!

  19. Leslie says:

    I am jealous in the most positive way…..beautiful home in a beautiful part of the country. I love your changes to the old property and staying true to the old house. You get it! You go girl!

  20. Denise says:

    Love all your blogs, house Is gorgeous. You’re doing a beautiful job renovating/restoring it, thanks for sharing, your words are inspiring and always bring a smile to my face. All best to you and your family

  21. carol branum says:

    hi,love what you have done,I am jealous,I can,t aford a decent house unless I marry it,I will never be able to earn enough for my dreams and its depressing.carol

  22. Nancy Boyd says:

    The pictures of the your house and room additions are awesome!! The house looks beautiful on the outside surrounded by the landscape too!!

  23. Dianne Beach says:

    WOW What a beautiful room. So happy for you and your family. Don’t you just love the view through those big windows. Your Hubby had a beautiful vision. xxoo

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